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Egg

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Looks like it..He certainly was a lot younger than I remember.
You had him at around 50 in 1980. Assuming the obit is right, and Tony was 63 when he died in 2008, he would only have been 35 in 1980.

I guess this is either a case of everyone looking old when you're young or Tony having had a very tough paper round lol.
 

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Can't remember Tony Phillips – reckon he must have departed the E&E just before I began taking an interest in City.

Was he succeeded by Trina Lake? As I recall, after Trina, the Echo's City correspondents would have been Ed Hogg, Nick Beer, Matt Bamsey, and then Simon Larkins. Am I missing anyone?!
Martyn Dean. Maybe after Tony Phillips, but before Trina Lake. I have a lot of Martyn's clippings from the Brian Godfrey era (in a box, somewhere, must dig out).

Obituary (he died sadly young):

https://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/sports-reporter-martyn-dies-aged-6091950
 

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Martyn Dean. Maybe after Tony Phillips, but before Trina Lake. I have a lot of Martyn's clippings from the Brian Godfrey era (in a box, somewhere, must dig out).

Obituary (he died sadly young):

https://www.sidmouthherald.co.uk/news/sports-reporter-martyn-dies-aged-6091950
Remember Martyn from local TV, and Sidmouth [where I grew up and his brother ran the local Spar shop], but wasn't aware [or if I was I'd forgotten] that he'd ever been the Echo's City correspondent.

It was only relatively recently that I became aware ITN's John Ray [https://www.itv.com/news/meet-the-team/john-ray], a regular fixture on the News at 10, was once the WMN's Exeter City reporter.
 

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Gosh, Tony Phillips. A proper journalist. Martyn Dean, always well informed and a good read. Sad that neither made it to state retirement age: that's unfair.

Big shout out for Jokull. Very important that those who seem most confident - as Jokull does, especially coming for crosses - can tell the rest of us that anxiety affects them too.
 

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I travelled on the Friday overnight train up north with Tony Phillips from St. David's in the late 60s, early 70s, so we could watch City away matches. I recall on one occasion we reached Scunthorpe and Tony used a phone box outside the station to contact the Echo with his latest City story pre-match. How times have changed!
 

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I travelled on the Friday overnight train up north with Tony Phillips from St. David's in the late 60s, early 70s, so we could watch City away matches. I recall on one occasion we reached Scunthorpe and Tony used a phone box outside the station to contact the Echo with his latest City story pre-match. How times have changed!
He would have had to dictate copy over the phone during the match & at FT for the Football Final.
Iirc the Football Final was usually distributed by 6pm.
It finished in 1980,though was briefly revived in the closing stage of the 89/90 promotion season.
 

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I travelled on the Friday overnight train up north with Tony Phillips from St. David's in the late 60s, early 70s, so we could watch City away matches. I recall on one occasion we reached Scunthorpe and Tony used a phone box outside the station to contact the Echo with his latest City story pre-match. How times have changed!
This may be apocryphal but I seem to recall that reporters used to pay kids to hog phone boxes near London grounds for them to phone in copy at the end of games, as the clubs never had enough phone lines. And when I was a kid in the 50s and 60s getting a domestic line put in was eye-wateringly expensive and took months of waiting.
 
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