KEVIN PHILLIPS became a grandad for the first time just over a month ago when new-born Reggie arrived in the world.
They often say that strikers can never top the utopia of scoring goals.
And in terms of net profits, Phillips’ 282 in 660 career games over 19 years is some statistic – just shy of one every two games over.
But humble Kev concedes that along with the birth of his own children, the arrival of the new baby has brought unconditional joy for him and the family.
He said: “Both my daughter, Millie and the little lad are doing absolutely fine.
“He’s Reggie Rae Phillips, which instantly makes you think of the Kray twins, but believe me the names are completely unrelated!
“It’s been quite a year because I celebrated my landmark 50th birthday at the end of July and now I’ve become a grandad. But I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
The former England striker also walked away from his first management job at South Shields in April this year.
This after leading the Tyne & Wear club to the Northern Premier League title and their first season in the sixth tier of the football pyramid since reforming in 1974.
He added: “After 19 years as a player, I never thought of myself on the management side.