Paul Mortimer

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Paul Mortimer
Personal information
Full name Paul Henry Mortimer
Date of birth (1968-05-08) 8 May 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Kensington, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Farnborough Town
1987–1991 Charlton Athletic 113 (17)
1991 Aston Villa 12 (1)
1991–1994 Crystal Palace 22 (2)
1993 Brentford (loan) 6 (0)
1994–1999 Charlton Athletic 86 (17)
1999–2001 Bristol City 23 (0)
National team
1989 England U21 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Henry Mortimer (born 8 May 1968 in Kensington, London) is an English former footballer.

Playing career[edit]

Mortimer played mainly in midfield, though he did play in defence at times. He started his career at Fulham,[1] before signing for non-league side Farnborough Town in 1986. A year later, he joined First Division side Charlton Athletic. He became a regular first teamer with the Addicks, but after they were relegated in 1990 he moved onto Aston Villa the following year. After failing to establish himself at Villa Park under Ron Atkinson, Mortimer returned to South London with Crystal Palace.

A number of injury problems, mainly hamstring, meant he did not play many games for Crystal Palace. After less than three years he was transferred back to Charlton Athletic, alongside David Whyte in exchange for Darren Pitcher. Under the management of former team-mate Alan Curbishley, Mortimer often played exceptionally well in the autumnal sun but then suffer hamstring and back injuries. At the start of the successful promotion winning 1997-98 season, against Bradford City he scored a spectacular goal where he turned his full back inside out before an exquisite shot to the bottom right of the goal. In this game Charlton won 4-1, and it was a performance full of verve and vigour that hailed of things to come that season. After helping the club into the Premier League in 1998, he again played in the country's top-flight missing a crucial penalty against Leeds United towards the end of the season. He left the following year, moving to lower league side Bristol City where he ended his career in 2001.

Coaching career[edit]

After his playing career, Mortimer held coaching roles with Wimbledon, Arsenal, Torquay United and Brentford, the latter two appointments being as first team coach under Leroy Rosenior, with whom he played at Fulham and Bristol City.[1][2] He served as coach of the Sierra Leone national team for two matches in 2007, again under Rosenior.[3] Later in 2007, Mortimer returned to Charlton Athletic to coach the club's women's team.

Activism[edit]

Mortimer became active in Show Racism the Red Card, a UK anti-racism educational charity, near the end of his playing career and since 2009 has been working for the campaign in schools in the South East and East of England as a coach and education worker. He entered the campaign's Hall of Fame in September 2011.

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