Date: 20th April 2015 at 10:37am
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You probably wouldn’t have expected Southampton to figure in this season’s Football League Awards but we did – well sort of.

Former striker Kevin Phillips has been awarded the Sir Tom Finney Award for his outstanding career in the game.

Having been renamed following the death of Preston North End and England legend Sir Tom Finney following his death in 2014, Phillips has been acknowledged for his lengthy and successful career in football.

Phillips said of the award – received last night at the Football League Awards ceremony.

‘I`m extremely proud and truly privileged to accept this award and I`d like to thank The Football League, which has given me so many fantastic memories during my 20 years as a professional footballer. It`s all I ever wanted to be, I devoted my life to it and the game has given me so much in return. It`s a bit more special that the award is now so closely associated to Sir Tom Finney – one of the greatest players, gentlemen and role models English football has ever seen. If my career can help inspire a fraction of the people Sir Tom`s did, I`ll count it among my finest achievements.’

In a 20 year career that saw him hugely successful at the Championship level as well as Premiership level, he finally hung up his boots at the end of last season having played in 660 games, scoring 272 goals.

In his time he won the Championship three times, and won promotion to the top flight five times – including in his final two years as a player with Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

He also won eight England caps.

In his time at Southampton Phillips made a total of 73 appearances across all competitions, scoring 27 times in the process.

In the Team of the Decade category, Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert all featured in the final team selection.

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