Tuesday, 15 February 2011

283 Paul Gibson

Position : Goalkeeper

Played :  1999-2000 (on  loan  from  Notts  County)

Appearances : 5

Goals : 0

Paul was brought in on loan in February 2000 to cover a hamstring injury to Neil Edwards, Parkin clearly not trusting Phil Priestley. Paul started out at Manchester United and was an FA Youth Cup winner in 1995 but his only first team appearance was Brian McClair’s testimonial game. He made his League debut on loan at Mansfield in 1998 and also had a loan spell at Hull before being released in 1999. He then signed for Notts County.

At the time County were employing a certain Graham Barrow on their coaching team and there were paranoid suggestions that Paul had been sent on a sabotage mission. Whilst that was unlikely to be true, Paul wasn’t a very good keeper. He looked nervy and easily intimidated with a nasty tendency to spill the ball under pressure. He was alright the first two games then cost us two points at home to Lincoln when he dropped a last minute corner. After we conceded 4 at Darlington Parkin decided to stick with Priestley rather than keep Paul for another month.

He went on to play 10 games for County the following season but was freed in May 2001. He dropped down to the Conference with Northwich later playing for Droylsden and Witton Albion. He is now a PE teacher at an  English  public school.

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