- Jen Phillips, 28, and daughter Abigail, 7, stepped onto Goodison Park pitch
- They received roaring applause from thousands of Everton fans yesterday
- Widow fought back tears as she was given flowers and a tribute was played
- An 18-year-old has been charged with PC Dave Phillips murder after he was hit by a vehicle while on duty in Wirral, Merseyside, on October 5
Gemma Mullin for MailOnline
20:02 EST, 17 October 2015
21:31 EST, 17 October 2015
This is the moving moment the brave family of PC Dave Phillips were given a standing ovation on the pitch at his beloved football club.
Thousands of fans applauded as Jen Phillips, 28, and her seven-year-old daughter Abigail stepped onto Goodison Park ahead of Everton’s match against Manchester United yesterday afternoon.
The police officer, who was a fan of the club, was killed while on duty after he was hit by a vehicle in Wirral, Merseyside, on October 5.
Jen Phillips, 28, wiped back tears as she stepped onto the pitch at Goodison Park with her seven-year-old daughter Abigail
One fan also wore a shirt bearing Pc Dave Phillips’, who was killed while on duty, number 6554 on the back
His widow fought back tears as she was handed bouquets of flowers and a special tribute in her husband’s honour was displayed on the big screens around the stadium.
Alongside a now familiar picture of the officer in his uniform, it read: ‘RIP PC DAVE PHILLIPS. 1981 – 2015′.
One fan also wore a shirt bearing his number, 6554, on the back.
The touching tribute came as the club had also announced the death of one of its most successful player’s and former managers Howard Kendall today.
The 69-year-old, who led the Merseyside club to two English league titles in the 1980s, suddenly died overnight in a Southport hospital.
Flags flew at half-mast, players from both teams wore black armbands and there was a pre-match period of appreciation for Kendall. Manchester United went on to win the game 3-0.
Thousands of fans clapped as a touching tribute played on the club’s screens which said: ‘RIP PC DAVE PHILLIPS. 1981 – 2015′
His widow was handed bouquets of flowers and a special tribute in her husband’s honour was displayed on the big screens around the stadium
The touching tribute to the Phillips family (left and right) came as the club had also announced the death of one of its most successful player’s and former managers Howard Kendall today
The father-of-two was killed as he tried to stop a stolen red Mitsubishi pick-up following a burglary at an estate agents in Birkenhead, Merseyside.
Clayton Williams, 18, appeared in court last week accused of running down and killing Pc Phillips with the stolen truck.
He is also charged with attempted section 18 wounding against the policeman’s colleague Pc Birkett as well as burglary and aggravated unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.
Williams will appear for a further court hearing at Liverpool Crown on October 22.
Three other people have also appeared in court charged with assisting an offender.
Georgia Clarke, 19, Dawn Cooper, 34, and Michael Smith, 19, who are all from Wallasey, Merseyside, face a single charge of burning and attempting to dispose of the clothing of a murder suspect.
No pleas were entered and all three were refused bail and all three will make their next appearance at Liverpool Crown Court on October 22.
A second defendant, Philip Mark Stuart, 30, of Prenton, Wirral, is accused of burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking and death caused by an accident, after allegedly being carried in the Mitsubishi. He is scheduled to appear on the same day as Williams.
The father-of-two (pictured left and right with his daughter Sophie) was trying to use a stinger device on the vehicle when he was killed. He died in hospital shortly after the incident on October 5
Pc Phillips was trying to stop a stolen red Mitsubishi pick-up following a burglary at an estate agents in Birkenhead, Merseyside. He is pictured with his wife Jennifer and daughters Abigail and Sophie
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