Paul Downing (footballer)

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Paul Downing
Personal information
Full name Paul Michael Downing
Date of birth (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Taunton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Walsall
Number 6
Youth career
2007–2009 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2010 Hereford United (loan) 6 (0)
2010–2011 Rotherham United (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Shrewsbury Town loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Barnet (loan) 26 (0)
2012– Walsall 93 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:18, 13 December 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Michael Downing (born 26 October 1991) is an English footballer who is currently signed to Walsall[1] after being released by West Bromwich Albion as a defender. He is the nephew of former footballer and manager, and current assistant head coach of West Brom Keith Downing. His older brother Leigh was formerly at the West Brom academy as a scholar.[2]

Career[edit]

Downing was born in Taunton, and came through the youth ranks at West Brom, and is part of the club's development squad. He has signed a pro contract that lasts until June 2012, with an option of a further year in the club's favour.[3] He made the bench for a 0–0 draw against Blackburn in the Premier League on 24 May 2009.[4]

He went on a one month loan deal to Hereford United on 25 January 2010, along with West Brom team mate Lateef Elford-Alliyu.[5] He was given the squad number 16, and made his debut on 2 February in a 2–0 win against Lincoln City at Edgar Street.[6] He was sent off on his final appearance, a 5–0 loss to eventual league winners Notts County on 27 February.[7] He made six appearances during his loan spell.[8]

On 25 November 2010 he signed on loan for Rotherham United until 4 January.[9] On 31 January 2011 he signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town, after making no appearances at Rotherham.[10] He made no appearances before returning to West Brom.[11]

On 3 November 2011 he signed on loan for League Two team Barnet, initially on a one month deal.[12] He made his debut on 8 November in a 2–0 win in the Football League Trophy against Cheltenham Town.[13] On 17 November Barnet extended the loan deal to allow him to remain there until 2 January.[14] On 19 January 2012 the loan deal was extended again to allow him to remain at Barnet until 28 February.[15] On 29 February the loan deal was extended again, this time until the end of the season.[16] He was sent off for the second time in his career during a 1–1 draw with Rotherham on 3 March.[17]

When Downing returned to West Bromwich Albion at the end of the 2011–12 season the club announced that they were not offering him a new contract. On 24 May 2012, Downing was released after three years at the club, but never made an appearance. On 1 August 2012, he signed for League One team Walsall.[18] He made his debut on 1 September in a 2–2 draw against Brentford.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2014.[20]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Brom 2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hereford United (loan) 2009–10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2010–11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnet (loan) 2011–12 26 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 32 0
Walsall 2012–13 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
2013–14 43 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 48 1
2014–15 19 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 26 1
Career total 125 1 6 0 4 0 9 0 144 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Assistant head coach" West Bromwich Albion F.C. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  3. ^ "West Bromwich Albion Team Profiles: Paul Downing" West Bromwich Albion F.C. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Blackburn 0–0 West Brom" West Bromwich Albion F.C. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Hereford sign West Brom's Downing and Elford Alliyu" BBC Sport. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Hereford 2–0 Lincoln" BBC Sport. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Notts County 5–0 Hereford" BBC Sport. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Paul Downing Football Stats Season 2009/2010" Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Rotherham sign Will Atkinson & Paul Downing" BBC Sport. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Shrewsbury sign Davis, Nicholls and Downing" BBC Sport. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Paul Downing Football Stats" Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Barnet sign defenders Paul Downing and Michael Hector" BBC Sport. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Cheltenham 0–2 Barnet" BBC Sport. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Barnet extend Paul Downing loan deal from West Brom" BBC Sport. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Barnet extend deals of Alassane N'Diaye & Paul Downing" BBC Sport. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Downing extends loan deal" Yahoo! Eurosport. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Barnet 1–1 Rotherham" BBC Sport. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  18. ^ "Paul Downing & Connor Taylor sign one-year deals for Walsall" BBC Sport. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Walsall 2–2 Brentford" BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  20. ^ Paul Downing career stats at Soccerbase

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