Paul Reece

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Paul Reece
Personal information
Full name Paul John Reece
Date of birth (1968-07-16) 16 July 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Stoke City 2 (0)
1987–1988 Kettering Town
1988–1992 Grimsby Town 54 (0)
1992–1993 Doncaster Rovers 1 (0)
1993–1994 Oxford United 39 (0)
1994–1995 Notts County 11 (0)
1995–1996 West Bromwich Albion 1 (0)
1997–2000 Cliftonville
Total 108 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul John Reece (born 16 July 1968) is a former English footballer who played in the Football League for Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Notts County, Oxford United, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion.[1]

Career[edit]

Reece was born in Nottingham and started his footballing career at Staffordshire side Stoke City.[2] He played just twice for Stoke both came towards the end of the 1986–87 where he deputised for the injured Peter Fox.[2] He conceded six goals in his two matches 4–1 to Shrewsbury Town and 2–1 to Barnsley and was released at the end of the season.[2] He joined Kettering Town for one season and won Player of the Year Award before signing for Grimsby Town for £10,000. where he played regular football.[3] He left for Doncaster Rovers in 1992 and made just one appearance for Doncaster.[4] He joined Oxford United and later played for Notts County, West Bromwich Albion, Ilkeston Town and for Northern Irish club Cliftonville.[5]

Reece arrived at Solitude on a free transfer after being recommended to the club by former player Keith Alexander, who had been his manager at Ilkeston.[6] He made his debut for the Belfast club in the final of the 1996–97 County Antrim Shield and he saved a penalty in the penalty shootout, ensuring Cliftonville won the trophy for the first time since 1979.[7] He subsequently wore the number one shirt during the club's Irish League title winning season the following year[8] and became established as a club legend in the eyes of the supporters.[9] Reece would also appear for the Reds in the UEFA Champions League qualifier against MFK Košice the following season[10] Later however Reece, who remained based in London during his time at Cliftonville, failed to travel to Belfast for a number of matches and during his absence he lost the number one shirt to Michael Ingham.[11][12]

Reece subsequently returned to Ilkeston Town, remaining on the club's books until his retirement from playing in 2003. He worked as a goalkeeping coach for Nottingham Forest, Mansfield Town and the Derby County youth team before fulfilling the same role at football training camps.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1986–87 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Grimsby Town 1988–89 Fourth Division 14 0 3 0 2 0 2 0 21 0
1989–90 15 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 20 0
1990–91 Third Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Second Division 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Doncaster Rovers 1992–93 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Oxford United 1992–93 Division One 35 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 38 0
1993–94 4 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 7 0
Notts County 1994–95 11 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 15 0
West Bromwich Albion 1995–96 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career Total 108 0 7 0 7 0 8 0 130 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup and Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ *Lowe, Simon: "Stoke City The Modern Era – A Complete Record" (Desert Island Books, ISBN 1-874287-39-2).
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  3. ^ "Paul Reece". The Fishy. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Paul Reece". doncasterrovers.co.uk. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paul Reece stats". RAGE online. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  6. ^ A Strange Season in Solitude
  7. ^ The History of Cliftonville Football Club
  8. ^ Jeepers Keepers!
  9. ^ News: August 2008
  10. ^ Match report
  11. ^ Football: McCourt is staying put says Marty; CLIFTONVILLE 1 COLERAINE 1
  12. ^ Football: Reds in safe hands; CLIFTONVILLE....1 COLERAINE....1.
  13. ^ Reece, Paul