Matthew Phillips has won the League 2 Championship Manager Apprentice of the Year award at the 2009 Football League Awards incorporating FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players.
The 18-year-old Wycombe Wanderers midfielder received the award at a gala dinner at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday evening in front of more than 800 attendees from clubs, sponsors and the football industry.
Phillips received the award for his achievements in football thus far, both on and off the pitch. He joined the club at eight years old, and has progressed through the youth ranks, with 23 appearances and 10 goals for the youth team. Phillips has been a regular for the reserves, and has made 32 first team appearances, scoring three goals to date. Awarded the Man of the Match on his full debut against Bradford City in May 2008, Phillips was then awarded a two year professional contract in the summer and has become the youngest ever goal scorer for Wycombe Wanderers in The Football League, aged 17 and 268 days. In addition to his achievements on the field, Phillips is dedicated to his academic work, completing a 1st diploma in Sport and receiving a distinction in Unit 11.