Tuesday, 26 April 2011

359 Paul Weller

Position : Midfield

Played : 2004-05

Appearances : 5

Goals : 0

Anyone who’s visited sister site Clarke Chronicler’s Albums will already know I’m an old Jam fan but don’t worry - I’m going to resist the temptation to try and insert song titles here.

Actually that would be hard to do because there’s very little to say about Paul. Prior to joining us at 29, he’d been a one-club man making 252 appearances for Burnley , scoring 11 goals and coming back after a long spell out with a stomach problem. He came to us after Chester ended his trial spell because he’d picked up a calf injury.

We gave him time to recover and he made his debut away at Rushden in October. He was quietly impressive, a neat and tidy midfielder who never gave the ball away. He was very good in his home debut against Yeovil producing a superb cross for Grant Holt’s equaliser. Unfortunately the club could not agree terms with him and he moved on.

I was disappointed but others reckoned his legs had gone and they may have been right for he only played four more games (two each for Leek Town and Stalybridge Celtic) before retiring in the summer. A year later he trained with Carlisle with a view to a comeback but it didn’t happen. He currently works for Bury FC’s Community Trust.

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