Name: Paul Wilson
Date of Birth: 16 November 1960
Place of Birth: Doncaster
Paul Wilson arrived at Yeovil Town during the summer of 1989, with him being recruited as a replacement for Guy Whittingham who had departed for Portsmouth that summer. The club paid a £13,000 transfer fee to Boston United to take him to Huish, with the forward having also played for Frickley Athletic earlier in his career.
Popularly known as Willo, he was to enjoy a six season career at the club, after being brought in by Brian Hall, later working under Clive Whitehead and Steve Rutter before Hall's second spell in charge. He made 211 appearances, scoring 60 goals, and was part of the club's 1992-93 non-league side that knocked Football League sides Torquay United and Hereford United out of the FA Cup, setting up a Third Round tie against Arsenal that was crucial to the club's financial survival. He was also part of the giant-killing sides that saw Walsall (1991-92) and Fulham (1993-94) knocked out of the FA Cup.
Paul generally played as a target man, with a regular partnership with Mickey Spencer seeing the pair match up perfectly on the pitch. During his latter days, injuries began to take their toll, but he became legendary amongst fans for taking to the field regularly wearing an assortment of bandages and supports to get him through each game.
He bowed out of the club at the end of the 1994-95 season, and went on to become Scunthorpe United's Youth Development Officer. In 2005, he moved to his home town club Doncaster Rovers, ultimately staying ten years and moving from being their Youth Development Manager into being their Head of Youth in a formal Academy structure. He left Donny in July 2016, and a month later joined Grimsby Town as their Professional Development Phase Coach, looking after their Under-18s.
Having spent plenty of time at Scunthorpe and Doncaster, he watched plenty of their players move into professional football. One such player was former Bristol City defender Jamie McCombe, who started off playing under Wilson as a youth teamer. In 2012 he signed for Doncaster and cited Wilson as a big influence upon his career:
"Paul Wilson was my youth-team manager at Scunthorpe when I started out 13 years ago. I have been in touch with him ever since. He is fantastic and looked after me. He taught me some valuable lessons and he made us from boys to men in terms of teaching us discipline and respect and taught us a lot of football. A lot of the values he taught us from 16 to 19 when I was with him I have carried on. The work ethic and grounding he gave me has stood me in good stead throughout my career so I owe him a lot for that."
Total Appearances: 211
Total Goals: 60
Debut Appearance: 28 August 1989
Debut Goal: 20 March 1990