Victor Philips
Personal information
Full name Victor John Philips
Born (1950-09-01) 1 September 1950 (age 72)
Madras State, India
Playing position Halfback
Senior career
Years Team
Indian Railways
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)

Victor John Philips (born 1 September 1950) is a retired Indian professional field hockey player. A former captain who played as a halfback, he led the Indian national team during the 1978 World Cup,[1] and was a member of the side that won its 1975 edition. He was also a part of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1972 Munich Olympics.[2][3] Philips's older brother John Peter represented India at three Olympic Games from 1960 to 1968, winning silver, gold and bronze medals respectively.[4]

About his game, S. Dinakar of The Hindu wrote, "The striking aspects of Philips' game were his speed – he used to practice sprints regularly – and the ability to dribble. Time and again he would leave the defenders in a daze, cutting in dangerously from the right to score or producing defence- splitting crosses. He had his own style of converting penalty strokes, taking a step back, before moving up to push."[3] Mir Ranjan Negi called him "one of the best outside rights India ever produced."[5] In recognition of his contribution to field hockey, Philips was given the award for lifetime achievement by the government of India in 2000.[6]


  1. ^ Ansari, Khalid (April 1978). "India display humiliating performance in hockey World Cup at Buenos Aires". India Today. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Hockey at the 1972 Munich Summer Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Dinakar, S. (20 May 2000). "The game comes first to him". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 December 2018.[dead link]
  4. ^ "1964 Tokyo Olympics". Bharatiya Hockey. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ Negi, Mir Ranjan (2008). From Gloom to Glory. Popular Prakashan. p. 123. ISBN 9788179914595. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Arjuna award presentation on Tuesday". Zee News. United News of India. 28 August 2000. Retrieved 5 December 2018.