Abbott playing for Oldham Athletic
|Full name||Paweł Tadeusz Howard Abbott|
|Date of birth||5 May 1982|
|Place of birth||York, England|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Striker / Attacking midfielder|
|Current club||Zawisza Bydgoszcz|
|Łokietek Brześć Kujawski|
|2001–2004||Preston North End||25||(5)|
|2002||→ Bury (loan)||13||(5)|
|2003||→ Bury (loan)||4||(1)|
|2004||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||6||(4)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 July 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born to a Polish mother and an English father as the younger of two children, Abbott first played football for Beagle Boys in York before the team changed its name to York RI. He had the chance to play for Doncaster Rovers but declined the offer and moved to Poland, where he became a youth player at ŁKS Łódź, before moving back to England to join Preston North End at the age of 19.
He did not have the best time at Preston making only 25 appearances in three years and having two loan spells at Bury.
In early 2004, Abbott was signed on loan by Huddersfield Town as a makeshift replacement for Jon Stead who had just been sold to Premiership side Blackburn Rovers. He scored on his debut after coming off the bench against Bristol Rovers, going on to score four times in six games on loan. He was then bought for a fee of around £125,000. He would score only once more that season, but in 2004/05 became the first Town striker in 6 years to hit more than 20 goals as he struck 27 times in all competitions.
The following season was less successful for Abbott. After an initial run of scoring in the season, including in six consecutive games in August and September, he suffered something of a goal-drought over the remainder of the campaign, being relegated to being a bit-part player from the bench following this loss of form. He scored a total of 14 times in 2005/06.
In July 2006, Abbott rejected a move to Milton Keynes Dons as part of a deal or no deal with their defender Dean Lewington. He said that he wanted to fight for a first-team place against Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Andy Booth, John McAliskey and new signing Luke Beckett. In his penultimate game for Huddersfield on 30 December 2006 he scored two goals (including a last minute winner) against the club he would ironically go on to join in a matter of days; Swansea City. In his final game for Huddersfield he was sent off against Doncaster Rovers on 1 January 2007.
In January 2007, Abbott was sold to Swansea City for £150,000. He made his debut as a late substitute against Gillingham on 23 January 2007. Abbott was signed by Kenny Jackett, however shortly after he joined the club Jackett was replaced by Roberto Martínez. After 18 league appearances (9 starts) for the Swans he scored just once against Rotherham United, which was Martínez's first game in charge.
After just 6 months with Swansea, Abbott joined Darlington for £100,000. Here Abbott found some of his best form scoring 17 from in 31 appearances. However, he was prone to injuries during his two seasons there and was sold to Oldham Athletic.
On 26 June 2009, Abbott opted to sign for League 1 outfit Oldham Athletic on a 2-year deal.
Abbott finished the season as the Latics highest goalscorer with thirteen goals.
On Friday, 30 July 2010, Paweł Abbott signed for Charlton Athletic for a fee of £20,000. Abbott netted twice against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup to register his first goals for the club. He went on to score against MK Dons in the Football League Trophy and Swindon in the league, ending his season tally on 4 goals.
Although born in England, Abbott was eligible to represent both England and Poland at International level. Abbott chose to represent Poland due to his mother. He has made one appearance for the Polish under-21's team, where he also scored his first international goal.
- "Huddersfield 3-2 Swansea". BBC. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Doncaster 3-0 Huddersfield". BBC. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Swans sign Abbott from Terriers". BBC. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Swansea boss enjoys Abbott debut". BBC. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Rotherham 1-2 Swansea". BBC. 27 February 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Abbott joins Quakers from Swans". BBC. 6 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Leyton Orient 1 - 2 Oldham". BBC. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
- "Shrewsbury 4 - 3 Charlton". BBC. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "MK Dons 1 - 2 Charlton". BBC. 5 October 2010. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- "Charlton 2 - 4 Swindon". BBC. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
- Paweł Abbott nowym piłkarzem Ruchu! 28 February 2011, ruchchorzow.com.pl
- Szalona radość Pawła Abbotta! 30 July 2011, ruchchorzow.com.pl
- Paweł Abbott at 90minut.pl (Polish) (Polish)
- Pawel Abbott career stats at Soccerbase (English)
- Profile at Transfermarkt (English)