Brian Philley (15 August 1926 – 30 August 2002) is a former Canadian soccer player. He was a two-time national champion with Vancouver City FC (known as Hale-Co FC in 1956) and Westminster Royals FC (1960). He was Canada's starting inside forward or centre forward during FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 1957. He is an honoured member of the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame.
|Full name||John Brian Philley|
|Date of birth||15 August 1926|
|Place of birth||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|Date of death||30 August 2002 76)(aged|
|Place of death||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Inside Forward, Centre Forward|
|Vancouver St. Joseph's|
|1942–1943||Vancouver St. Andrews FC|
|1943–1944||North Shore United FC|
|1944–1948||Vancouver St. Saviours / City|
|1948–1950||Vancouver St. Andrews FC|
|1950–1951||North Shore United FC|
|1950–1957||Vancouver City / Hale-Co|
|1958||Vancouver St. Andrews FC|
|1959||Vancouver City / Hale-Co|
|1959–1961||Westminster Royals FC|
|1962–1963||Canadians (Vancouver City FC)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
In the Pacific Coast League, Philley won five championships with three clubs: three times with Vancouver City (1944-45 St. Saviours, 1953–54 City, 1962-63 Canadians), once with St. Andrews FC (1949–50), and once with Westminster (1960–61). He was a regular all-star selection, representing British Columbia or Vancouver in eight of 14 seasons from 1945-46 to 1958-59. He notably scored against Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-0 win in Vancouver on 3 June 1957.
Brian was just 16 years old when he made his Pacific Coast league debut on 20 May 1943, coming in as a substitute and scoring once in St. Andrews FC's 4-5 loss to St. Saviours. Across 20 Pacific Coast League seasons, he scored 114 goals, notably finishing as league runner up in 1948-49 (when he scored a career-high 15 goals) and 1949-50 (13 goals). Over the course of one decade, he was the Pacific Coast league's joint second-highest scorer in the 1950s with 66 goals.
Brian's brother Pat Philley also played in the Pacific Coast League and was likewise honoured by the Canada Soccer Hall of Fame. While the two brothers often played for different teams, they were both part of Vancouver City's 1953-54 championship team. The brothers also played together for Vancouver St. Andrews FC in 1958, on several provincial all-star teams, and for Canada in 1956 and 1957.
- Trevor Swangard (October 13, 1953). "Royals Rule as Champs". Google. Retrieved July 4, 2018.