Andy Payton

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Andy Payton
Personal information
Full name Andrew Paul Payton
Date of birth (1967-10-23) 23 October 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Padiham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Hull City 143 (55)
1991-1992 Middlesbrough 19 (3)
1992–1993 Celtic 36 (15)
1993–1996 Barnsley 108 (41)
1996–1998 Huddersfield Town 43 (17)
1998–2003 Burnley 158 (69)
2001–2002 Blackpool (loan) 4 (1)
2003–2004 Stalybridge Celtic ? (?)
2004 Colne ? (?)
Total 512 (201)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2006-10-15.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew Paul Payton (born 31 October 1967) is an English former professional footballer. A striker, Payton played for seven professional clubs in England and Scotland, scoring 200 goals in over 500 appearances, and gaining the nickname the Padiham Predator.[1]


After being released by hometown club Burnley at the age of 15,[1] Payton began his career as an apprentice at Hull City, signing a professional contract in 1985.[2] He joined Middlesbrough for £700,000 in November 1991,[2] which remained Hull's record sale for 15 years, before signing for Celtic in August 1992. After just over a year at Celtic, he returned to England to play for Barnsley. In 1996 Huddersfield Town signed him for £325,000,[2] before selling him to Burnley as part of a swap deal with Paul Barnes in 1998. After five years at Burnley, including a loan spell at Blackpool, he ended his career in non-league football with Stalybridge Celtic and then Colne.


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