Monday, 8 November 2010
184 Leigh Palin
Position : Midfield
Played : 1991-92 (on loan from Hull City)
Appearances : 3
Goals : 0
Leigh was signed on loan from Hull City in October 1991. He won England Youth caps as a youngster with Aston Villa but never made the first team making his League debut while on loan to Shrewsbury in 1985. He moved on to Nottingham Forest but Cloughie cleared him out again quickly and he went to Bradford. After 71 appearances and 10 goals he went to Stoke in 1989 but had to leave after 19 games because he punched the manager Alan Ball. He had a good season for Hull in 1990-91 but fell out of favour the following year.
Sometimes good players just lose interest in the game and that's what it looked like with Leigh. He was only 26 and obviously a good footballer but didn't produce anything ; in fairness Sutton didn't give him too many chances.
At the end of the season he was released by Hull and went on trial at Burnley but made just one appearance. He then had a five game outing with Partick Thistle before returning to England with Halifax who, even in their relegation season, didn't think he was worth a game. He dropped into non-league with Tadcaster Albion. He is currently manager of and still sometimes turns out for Walkington FC who are known as The Barrel and judging from the photo above so is he.