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David Ronald Philpotts (born 31 March 1954 in Bromborough, Merseyside) is a retired professional football defender from England.

Dave Philpotts
Personal information
Full name David Ronald Philpotts[1]
Date of birth (1954-03-31) 31 March 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Bromborough, Merseyside, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1974 Coventry City 3 (0)
1973–1974Southport (loan) 8 (0)
1974–1978 Tranmere Rovers 175 (5)
1981–1983 Carolina Lightnin'
1983–1985 Tranmere Rovers 36 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Philpotts began his career with Coventry City in 1972. He played only three games with the first team over two seasons. He went on loan to Southport FC during the 1973-1974 season. In 1974, he transferred to Tranmere Rovers where he became a fixture on the back line. In 1981, he moved to the Carolina Lightnin', which was playing its first season of existence, of the American Soccer League. He was back in England with Tranmere in 1983.[2] He ended his career with two games during the 1984-1985 season.

After retiring, he briefly managed the Wigan Athletic F.C. during part of the 1993 campaign.[3]

He was employed as Tranmere's Chief Scout until retiring in May 2014, ending an association with the club that lasted over 40 years.


  1. ^ "Dave Philpotts". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)