Played : 1984-5
Appearances : 24
Goals : 0
Paul was brought in from Durham City when Steve Conroy got injured. He had been an apprentice at Newcastle but never made the first team.
Paul was taller than Steve but in my opinion not as sound and shouldn’t have kept his place when the latter recovered. I remember him making a late cock-up to gift Southend an equaliser then giving a fan a load of abuse for reminding him of it the next game. Before the season was out Dave Redfern had been brought in on loan to replace him. He was released in the summer which Vic Halom said was the hardest decision he’d had to make as a manager.
Paul was taken on by Shrewsbury for the following season but never made the first team for them. He then turned up at Barnsley making three appearances for them in 1986-7. Two seasons later he signed for Doncaster and made 34 appearances for them in 1988-89 before having to retire from professional football. He had a benefit match in 1990 and returned to non-league football with Whitley Bay. He is now a goalkeeping coach working in Newcastle.