Graham Paddon

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Graham Paddon
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Personal information
Full name Graham Charles Paddon[1]
Date of birth (1950-08-24)24 August 1950[1]
Place of birth Manchester, England[1]
Date of death 19 November 2007(2007-11-19) (aged 57)
Place of death Norfolk, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1968–1969 Coventry City 5 (1)
1969–1973 Norwich City 162 (19)
1973–1976 West Ham United 115 (11)
1976–1981 Norwich City 128 (6)
1978 Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 25 (5)
1981 Millwall (loan) 5 (1)
1982–1984 Eastern AA
1984–1985 Alfreton Town 29 (0)
Total 469 (43)
National team
1976 England U23 1 (1)
Teams managed
1991 Stoke City (Caretaker manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Graham Charles Paddon (24 August 1950 – 19 November 2007) was an English footballer who played as a midfielder for Coventry City, Millwall, Norwich City, West Ham United.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Paddon was born in Manchester where he studied at Chorlton Grammar School before beginning his career with Coventry City where he made five League appearances for scoring one goal, before signing for Norwich City in October 1969 for £25,000. He played with the promotion winning team of 1972, and the team that reached the 1973 League Cup Final.

After 290 League appearances and 25 goals for the Canaries, Paddon joined West Ham United for £170,000 in 1973 in a deal which saw Ted MacDougall move the other way. He made 150 League and cup appearances and scored 20 goals in his three years at West Ham, featuring in the 1975 FA Cup Final and the 1976 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.

Paddon rejoined Norwich for £110,000 in November 1976, and later played in the United States with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.[2] He even scored a goal against Norwich in an indoor friendly between the two sides on May 3, 1978 in St. Petersburg, Florida.[3] On his return to England, he had a spell at Millwall where he made five League appearances and scored one goal. He finished his career in Hong Kong with Eastern AA.

Coaching career[edit]

In August 1985, Paddon joined the coaching staff at Portsmouth, working under Alan Ball. He moved to Stoke City to become Ball's assistant in October 1989. After Ball had been sacked in February 1991 Paddon was given the role as Caretaker manager up until the end of the 1990–91 season.[1] Stoke finished in 14th place in the Third Division which was unfortunately for Paddon Stoke's worst ever league finish.[1] He returned to Portsmouth to work as Jim Smith's number two in the spring of 1991. In March 1995, the pair were sacked and Paddon later worked as a scout for Derby County, again under Jim Smith.

Paddon died at his home in Norfolk on 19 November 2007.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As a player[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 1968–69 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1969–70 First Division 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Total 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Norwich City 1969–70 Second Division 30 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 2
1970–71 Second Division 40 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 45 1
1971–72 Second Division 40 8 1 0 5 2 0 0 46 10
1972–73 First Division 38 7 3 0 7 5 6 0 54 12
1973–74 First Division 14 1 1 0 2 0 5 2 22 3
Total 162 19 7 0 18 7 11 2 198 28
West Ham United 1973–74 First Division 24 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 4
1974–75 First Division 40 4 8 0 3 0 3 0 54 4
1975–76 First Division 39 2 1 0 5 1 12 2 57 5
1976–77 First Division 12 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 15 2
Total 115 11 11 0 11 2 15 2 152 15
Norwich City 1976–77 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
1977–78 First Division 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1978–79 First Division 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
1979–80 First Division 40 2 3 1 6 2 0 0 49 5
1980–81 First Division 42 3 2 0 4 0 0 0 48 3
1981–82 Second Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 11 0
Total 128 6 5 1 10 2 3 0 146 9
Tampa Bay Rowdies (loan) 1978 NASL 25 5 25 5
Millwall (loan) 1981–82 Third Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Career Total 440 43 23 1 39 11 29 4 531 59
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, FA Charity Shield, Football League Group Cup, Texaco Cup and UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

As a manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Stoke City 24 February 1991 18 June 1991 18 6 3 9 33.33

Honours[edit]

Norwich City
West Ham United

References[edit]

Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ NASL stats
  3. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19780504&id=WQAkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gWcEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5697,1408840
  4. ^ "Canaries legend dies". www.eveningnews24.co.uk. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-19. 
General

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