Paul Dyson

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Paul Dyson
Personal information
Full name Paul Ian Dyson[1]
Date of birth (1959-12-27) 27 December 1959 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1976–1978 Coventry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Coventry City 140 (5)
1983–1986 Stoke City 106 (5)
1986–1988 West Bromwich Albion 64 (5)
1988–1989 Darlington 12 (3)
1989–1990 Crewe Alexandra 31 (2)
Telford United
Solihull Borough
Total 353 (20)
National team
1980–1981 England U21 4 (0)
Teams managed
Solihull Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Ian Dyson (born 27 December 1959) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender for Coventry City, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Darlington and Crewe Alexandra.[1]

Career[edit]

Dyson was born in Birmingham and began his career with Coventry City progressing through the youth team at Highfield Road he made his debut on 23 December 1978 at home to Everton in place of the injured Gary Gillespie.[2] He played once more match in the 1978–79 season and was prevented from remaining in the side due to the arrival of Bristol City's Gary Collier and Sunderland's Jim Holton.[2] However the new signings failed to impress and Dyson played against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup on 5 January 1980 and went on to miss just three matches in the next four years for Coventry and his performances earned him a call up to the England U-21s where he won four caps.[2]

After a poor summer of 1983 for Coventry which saw a number of players refuse new contracts in protest at the sacking of Dave Sexton Dyson joined First Division rivals Stoke City.[1] In 1983–84 he played in 44 matches as Stoke avoided relegation by two points but Stoke then suffered an embarrassing relegation in 1984–85, going down with a record low points tally of 17.[1] He made 38 appearances in 1985–86 before he joined West Bromwich Albion in March 1986. He could help the Baggies avoid relegation Second Division and he spent the next two seasons at the Hawthorns and had sport spells with Darlington an Crewe Alexandra before deciding to retire at the age of 30.[2]

He then went on to play non-league football with Telford United and Solihull Borough was manager of Solihull for a time in the late 1990s.[3] He then worked as a prison officer and later ran his own sports shop in the Kings Heath area of Birmingham.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 1978–79 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1979–80 First Division 18 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 2
1980–81 First Division 41 2 4 0 9 0 0 0 54 2
1981–82 First Division 40 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 45 0
1982–83 First Division 39 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 45 1
Total 140 5 12 0 14 0 0 0 166 5
Stoke City 1983–84 First Division 38 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 44 2
1984–85 First Division 37 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 41 3
1985–86 Second Division 31 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 38 0
Total 106 5 4 0 10 0 3 0 123 5
West Bromwich Albion 1985–86 First Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1986–87 Second Division 42 2 1 0 2 0 1 0 46 2
1987–88 Second Division 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
1988–89 Second Division 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1
Total 64 5 1 0 3 0 1 0 69 5
Darlington 1988–89 Fourth Division 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
Crewe Alexandra 1989–90 Third Division 31 2 5 0 4 1 2 0 42 3
Career Total 353 20 22 0 31 1 6 0 412 21
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Where are they now?: Paul Dyson". Coventry Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dyson is defiant as Boro' hell hits family.". Sunday Mercury. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 

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