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Paul Walsh - Manchester City - Biography of his Man City career.

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Date: 11 March 1994

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      Monday, 01 October 1962
      Plumstead, England.
  • England
  • Liverpool FC
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 25th August 1984 in a 3-3 draw at Norwich City (Aged: 21)
    • Club Career
      63 League apps (+14 as sub), 25 goals
  • Manchester City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 12th March 1994 in a 1-0 defeat at home to Wimbledon (Aged: 31)
    • Club Career
      53 League apps, 16 goals
  • Portsmouth FC
    • Club Career Dates
      1992-1994, 1995-1996
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 15th August 1992 in a 3-3 draw at Bristol City (Aged: 29)
    • Club Career
      (During two spells)
      88 League apps (+6 as sub), 19 goals
  • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Tuesday, 23rd February 1988 in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United (Aged: 25)
    • Club Career
      84 League apps (+44 as sub), 19 goals Prostate cancer charity

Paul WALSH - Manchester City - Biography of his Man City career.

Along with Uwe Rosler and Peter Beagrie, Paul Walsh was one of three players signed by manager Brian Horton at the end of the 1993/94 season. Already a veteran of some 13 years and more than 450 League games, Walsh cost the Blues £700,000 on March 10th from Portsmouth, the fifth professional club he'd played for since joining Charlton Athletic as an apprentice in 1979. In between times he'd been voted the PFA Young Player of the Year (in 1984), played in finals of both the European and League Cups and won a Championship medal with Liverpool and had been capped by England at Youth, Under 21 and full level.


Standing just 5 feet 7 inches tall, Walsh was on the small side for an attacking player but any apparent lack of inches was more than made up for by boundless energy and enthusiasm. Having made his debut in a disappointing home defeat by Wimbledon, Walsh played in each of the remaining ten League games that season (scoring four times) as City gradually pulled away from the relegation zone to finish 16th. He began 1994/95 in sparkling style and by the beginning of November had already scored ten goals in the League. These included braces against Everton and Southampton with perhaps his best double coming in a 5-2 win against one of his former clubs Tottenham in October.


Regrettably though it was a run of form that neither player nor team could maintain throughout the season. On a personal note Walsh played in a total of 48 games (more than anyone else) and found the net 15 times, a tally that placed him second behind Rosler who scored 22. The team failed to win any of the last four games and finished one place worse off than last time out. Although City had undoubtedly struggled of late, Paul Walsh had been a huge success and had established himself as a firm favourite on the terraces.


These same fans were shocked, therefore, when new manager Alan Ball exchanged Walsh for Portsmouth's Gerry Creaney in a £500,000 deal on September 11th after Walsh had played in just three League games of the 1995/96 season. He'd scored 19 goals in 63 combined appearances in City's colours. A cruciate ligament injury sustained at Portsmouth caused his eventual retirement from the game in December 1997. (Ian Penney - author of The Legends of Manchester City)