PROUD FATHER PAYS TRIBUTE
(Tuesday 17th January 2006)
Mark Philo's father has paid tribute to his son following the terrible events of Saturday 14th January 2006. Pas Philo will be well known to many Wycombe followers as he attended all of his son's games and usually travelled on the supporters coaches to away matches.
In an article published published in the Midweek on 17th January, Pas said “I’m so proud of him. All his family are. He was a wonderful son and a very talented footballer who we all thought could have gone on and achieved great things in his career. When something like this happens you wonder why it couldn’t happen to all the horrible people out there – but I wouldn’t wish this on anybody.”
Pas, along with wife Christine, daughters Louise 26, Carlene 24 and son Matthew 15, had insisted the game with Notts County went ahead despite fearing the worse news was to follow. Pas said "Mark would have wanted the game to go ahead.", adding, "He loved that Wycombe shirt and he was so proud of it."
Mark, who is the cousin of former Wycombe striker Nathan Tyson, moved to Wycombe at the age of 15 after previosuly spending time with West Ham and Crystal Palace. Pas said "He always wanted to be a professional footballer from the first time he started kicking a ball about. Ability wise he had it all. Everybody knew he had something special when he was seven or eight. All the teams he played for were built around him.”
Tony Adams, who gave Mark his First Team debut in February 2004, was similarly impressed with the youngster but a broken ankle in a pre-season game with Portsmouth in July 2004 snuffed out his chances for the vast majority of that season and a further foot injury meant he was just coming back to full fitness prior to the tragedy on 14th January.
Pas, who once of the books of Reading as a youngster, said ”It is such a shame that he never got to play as many games as he should. I didn’t achieve my ambition to be a professional footballer but Mark did. He was the son I always wanted. I was so lucky to have a son like him. He was a credit to the whole family. We loved him to bits. He just had that charisma about him. No one disliked him and if he did fall out with anyone it was never for very long.”
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