- Paul Walsh
Football player infobox
playername = Paul Walsh
fullname = Paul Anthony Walsh
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1962|10|1|df=y
currentclub = Retired
position = Striker
years = 1979-1982
clubs = Charlton Athletic
→Queens Park Rangers (loan)
caps(goals) = 87 (24)
nationalyears = 1982-1983
nationalteam = England U21
nationalcaps(goals) = 4 (4)
Paul Anthony Walsh (born
1 October 1962in Plumstead, London) was a diminutive and pacy centre forward who shot to fame in the 1980s after joining Liverpool.
Walsh began his career at Charlton where he quickly established himself in the team, he made his debut as a 16 year-old substitute in a Second Division fixture with Shrewsbury Town during the 1979/80 season and went on to appear in 9 league games as Charlton failed to hold to their second division status. Walsh was given a chance in the Division Three and struck up a brilliant front line with Addicks great
Derek Hales. Walsh notably scored a hat-trickagainst Brentford, Charlton won the League Cup tie 5-0. Charlton went on to gain promotion as well as reach the 5th round of the FA Cup. Walsh enjoyed himself in the higher division bagging a respectable 13 goals as the Addicks finished mid table.
Still only a 19 year-old and after just 87 league appearances Luton signed Walsh for
£400,000 on the 26 July 1982Luton had just gain promotion to English football's top flight and were hoping that Walsh's ability to make something out of nothing would help them stay there. Luton struggled to contain the quality of the First Division attacks but they managed to survive the drop by winning their final game of the season against Manchester City at Maine Road. His impish, natural predatory instincts around the penalty area earned him the first of five caps for England and in 1983, Bobby Robsongave Paul his debut on the 12 Junein a friendly with Australia at Sydney, the first of the 3 match tour ended in a 0-0 draw, Walsh scored his only goal for his country in the following match against the Aussies, the match was played in Brisbaneon the 16th and Walsh's goal was the only goal of the game. Walsh's performances and ability were recognised by his fellow professionals as he won the PFA Young Player of the Yearaward in '84.
He was purchased by
Joe Faganfor Liverpool on the 21 May 1984for £700,000, he made his debut on the 18 August'84 in the 1-0 Charity Shielddefeat to derby rivals Everton. With Ian Rushinjured at the start of his first season, Walsh was expected to slot in alongside Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglishstraightaway, this he did with aplomb, skill and trickery leading the line with confidence. It didn't take him long to open his goal scoring account either, it came mere seconds into his 3rd game for the Reds, his Anfielddebut, against West Ham United on the 27 August, the Reds went on to win 3-0.
As Liverpool's campaign to defend the European Cup gathered pace, Walsh scored crucial goals in latter stages of the competition, including two in the quarter finals against Austria Vienna, missing out on a
hat-trickwhen the opposing goalkeepersaved his penalty. Liverpool made the final and Walsh was selected by manager Joe Faganto start the game, but the Heysel Stadium disasterput his joy into perspective, and Liverpool ultimately lost the match.
Walsh was cursed with poor luck the following season, suffering niggling injuries and thereby necessitating Dalglish's appearance in the side more than the new player-manager would have possibly preferred. An
ankleinjury suffered in February 1986 put paid to Walsh's season as Liverpool won the League championship and FA Cup"double". Walsh played enough games for a title medal but missed the FA Cup final victory over fierce Merseysiderivals Everton.
Dalglish scaled down his playing career the following year, and Walsh got more of a look-in after recovering from another injury which had ruled him out of the opening dozen games. He played in the 1987 League Cup final but Liverpool lost 2-1 to Arsenal and Walsh was dropped afterwards.
A trophyless season meant that Dalglish spent big on new players to revive Liverpool's fortunes and Walsh suffered as a result as
John Aldridgewas bought to replace Rush as the natural finisher of the team with Peter Beardsleycoming in at huge expense to provide the craft. This new strike partnership was an instant success as Liverpool went unbeaten for a record-equalling first 29 games of the season while Walsh, having unwisely questioned Dalglish's offer of a role in midfield, was relegated to a few cursory appearances as a substitute. Whilst Liverpool waltzed to the League title Walsh was on the move having not made enough appearances to qualify for a medal.
After 112 games and 37 goals, a goal every 3.03 games, for Liverpool Walsh joined Tottenham for half a million pounds on the
16 February 1988, beginning a spell of productive but short-lived spells at a number of different clubs. Walsh made his league debut 7 days later on the 23 Februaryin the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. After forming a productive partnership with Paul StewartWalsh helped Spurs to a respectable 6th place, however, he suffered the following season as the White Hart Laneclub brought Gary Linekerback to Englandfrom Spain, it was he that made way making most of his 25 appearances from the bench as Spurs finished 3rd, he did enjoy one particular game that season, it was the North Londonderby win over Arsenal at home, Walsh opened the scoring. His only medal at Spurs came when they won the FA Cupin 1991, coming on as a substitute at Wembley.
Walsh spent one more season at Spurs helping them to the semi-final of the League Cup where they lost to Nottingham Forest. The addition of
Gordon Durieto the squad made it increasingly difficult for Paul to gain a starting role, he also played twice on loan at Queens Park Rangers, and when Spurs showed an interest in Darren AndertonWalsh was used as a bargaining tool.
Portsmouth (first spell)
Walsh had played 158 times for Spurs scoring 21 goals before he moved to the South Coast in a deal worth around £400,000 on the
3 June 1992, Walsh being the makeweight in a plus cash player exchange for Darren Anderton. Walsh made his Pompey debut on the 15 August'92 in the 3-3 league draw with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Walsh became a cult hero at Portsmouth. In the 1992–1993 season, Portsmouth placed third in the First Division, missing out on automatic promotion to the Premier League (as it was named at the time) on goal difference to West Ham United, and
Guy Whittinghambroke goalscoring records for Portsmouth, who were the strongest side in the division in the second half of the season following a lukewarm start. Despite Whittingham's goalscoring exploits, the Pompey fans voted Walsh their player of the year, recognising that it was his guile and craft that made the Portsmouth attack so effective. Whittingham was sold to Aston Villain the summer of 1993, and Walsh subsequently formed a solid partnership with another former Liverpool player, John Durnin, but the potency of the Portsmouth side had faded. However, it was in the post-Whittingham era that Walsh had what was arguably his best game in the blue of Portsmouth, on the 12 January 1994in a Coca-Cola Cup fifth round tie against Manchester Unitedat Old Trafford. Going into the game as huge underdogs, Portsmouth shocked the Premiership champions by earning a replay at Fratton Parkwith a 2-2 draw. Walsh had a fantastic game and scored both goals, and United were lucky to survive a late penalty appeal. Unfortunately for Portsmouth fans, United won the replay at Fratton Park by a goal to nil.
After 73 league appearances for Portsmouth, Walsh was on the move once more, much to the distress of the Portsmouth fans.
Walsh's career took him to Manchester City, when
Brian Hortonpaid Portsmouth £750,000 for the striker's services on the 10 March'94. He made his City bow two days later on the 12th, in the 1-0 league defeat to Wimbledon at Maine Road. He scored six times in the remaining ten fixtures, helping push City away from the relegation zone and up into a safe 16th position in the table, forming an exciting partnership with fellow City newcomer Uwe Rösler. He began the following campaign in stunning form, scoring twice in games against Southampton, Everton and his former club Spurs. City failed to maintain their good start to the season, however, and finished the campaign in 17th position. However, Walsh had endeared himself to the City faithful, who appreciated his energetic, all-action performances. The famous Spurs match in particular demonstrated Walsh's skill, tenacity and determination, orchestrating the destruction of Spurs in an unforgettable afternoon. When new manager Alan Ball swapped Walsh plus cash for Portsmouth's Gerry Creaneyfans were shocked and questioned the deal, just as the Portsmouth fans had when he was sold to City the previous year.
Portsmouth (second spell)
Paul managed 21 more league appearances before suffering a
cruciate ligamentinjury to the kneein 1996 which brought his career to an end.
After ending his career, Walsh has worked in the media, providing studio-based match analysis for both
ITVand Sky Sports appearing regularly on Soccer Saturday and Football First.
Walsh appears regularly for the Liverpool veterans side who have dominated the Sky Sports Masters series in recent years, ironically, linking up with former Portsmouth teammate John Durnin to once again form their deadly partnership.
Where ever Paul plied his trade he made a good impression on the supporters, this was the case with the Anfield faithful. A poll compiled by the official Liverpool Football Club web site during the summer of 2006 called
100 Players Who Shook The Kopbacked up this fact. 110,000 Reds worldwide voted for their favourite 100 players of all time with Walsh finishing in 71st position.
Honours As Player
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* [http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/team/past_players/players/walsh/ Official past players at liverpoolfc.net]
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