|Date of birth||30 May 1971|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
|1991–1995||Glenelg (SANFL)||88 (91)|
|1996–2002||Port Adelaide (SANFL)||134 (177)|
He began his career at Glenelg in 1991 and switched to Port Adelaide in 1996. McGuinness was quite successful in that club's Best and Fairest, being runner-up in 1999 and then in 2000 winning the award.
He is the brother of former Adelaide Crows captain Tony McGuinness.
- Jeloscek, Lee (25 May 2001). "Phil aims to win for sons". The Advertiser. Adelaide.
- Capel, Andrew (7 October 2000). "McGuinness top Magpie". The Advertiser. Adelaide.