Paul comes from a very strong
footballing background, with his father being an ex-professional
who served six clubs as a player, before becoming a coach ,
chief scout and football league manager who today is the Football
Coordinator at Wigan Athletic.
Paul followed his father into
football by signing YTS forms with Scunthorpe United
in 1992. Amongst his YTS colleagues at Scunthorpe were Tim Ryan
(now Doncaster Rovers) and Paul Ellender (now Boston United)
whilst a certain John Buckley was gracing the first team!!!
Other players at the club included Matt Elliott (ex-Leicester
City/Scotland) and Graham Alexander (now Preston North End/Scotland).
Paul was transferred to Rotherham United midway
through his first year as a YT. Paul quickly became a regular
in their junior side and began to develop as a player. Amongst
his YTS colleagues at Rotherham were Ian Breckin (now Nottingham
Forest) and Paul Hurst (still Rotherham United). Other players
at the club included Shaun Goater (ex-Manchester City) and again
John Buckley who had also joined from Scunthorpe United a few
Paul featured in Rotherham’s
reserve side gaining promotion into the Pontins League Division
One. He turned professional at the end of his YTS scheme. That
season Paul was now a regular in the reserves and faced some
tough games and opponents including playing at Old Trafford,
Goodison Park & Elland Road against such players as David
Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, David Batty, Andy Townsend,
Shay Given, Nigel Clough & Neil Webb.
At the end of the season Paul
left the club and joined non-league side Buxton
in the Unibond Premier League .Paul spent just over two seaons
at Buxton where he was voted Players Player of the year in 1996/97.
Paul then joined Bradford Park Avenue in 1997
and played alongside Paddy Kenny (now Sheffield United/Republic
of Ireland). Paul moved on to Belper Town in
1998 where he was voted Player of the year in his first season
there. But in 2001 Paul ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament
in his left knee and was out of action for nine months. Once
fit again Paul joined Stocksbridge Park Steels
in 2002 and played under the management of Wayne Biggins (ex
Manchester City, Celtic). Paul joined Mickleover Sports
in 2003 but soon decided to retire due to injury.
Since retiring from playing Paul
has been concentrating on the other side of the game. He has
passed his FA Level 2 and UEFA 'B'
football coaching certificates and is currently studying for
his UEFA 'A' licence.
Paul assists John with the coaching
of the Doncaster Rovers Belles ladies team as well as being
the Doncaster Rovers Belles Club Secretary.
He is also a premiership
scout for Wigan Athletic where he
is sent to games to watch certain players or individual teams
and compile player/team reports on them.