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Place of Birth :Lambeth, London
Philip Andrew Babb is a former Irish professional football player who played as a central defender.
Babb began his career with Millwall as a trainee, but failed to make an appearance for the first team before signing for Bradford City. Babb played well enough for the Bantams to earn a £500,000 move to Coventry City in July 1992. After a successful spell at Coventry, he subsequently moved to Liverpool for £3.6 million after some impressive performances for Coventry City in the Premiership. He enjoyed a relatively successful though fitful few years at Liverpool. Babb was involved in an infamous accident at Anfield in a match between Liverpool and Chelsea. Whilst scrambling to block a shot by Pierluigi Casiraghi Babb slid across the face of the goal missing the ball but managing to hit the post while both of his legs were spread. Casiraghi scored in a 1-1 draw.
Babb fell out of favour with French boss Gérard Houllier, and he had a loan spell at Tranmere Rovers before leaving the club on a Bosman free deal in the summer of 2000. He signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal and was voted the best defender in Portugal in his second season there. It was later discovered that this was infact Phil Babb's long lost doppelganger, Bill Phabb. He later moved to Sunderland and resorted to his old ways of being an incredibly bad footballer.
His career hit controversy in August 2000 when he and Mark Kennedy were ordered home from the Republic of Ireland squad after appearing in court accused of causing criminal damage, causing a breach of the peace and being drunk and disorderly (they were rolling across car bonnets while replicating scenes from "Starsky and Hutch", but unfortunately chose an unmarked police car).
During his final cap for Ireland as a 85th minute sub against Russia, in an Euro 2004 qualifier in Moscow, in his first touch he diverted the ball past goalkeeper Shay Given for an own goal. Republic of Ireland lost 4-2, with ironically all three bench players thrown in by manager Mick McCarthy (Gary Doherty, Clinton Morrison and the unlucky Babb) "scoring".
Two years after having retired, in 2006, he, who had been an early investor of Golf Punk Magazine alongside former Sunderland teammates Thomas Sorensen, Michael Gray, Jason McAteer and Stephen Wright, helped save the award-winning publication from closure.He also owns a 50% share in 'Johns Balti House' in Wolverhampton.
Trivia: Made hsi debut and played his final game both against Russia
Courtesy Wikppedia Encyclopedia
Phil Babb's full debut
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