Paul Abrahams

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Paul Abrahams
Personal information
Full name Paul Abrahams[1]
Date of birth (1973-10-31) 31 October 1973 (age 43)[1]
Place of birth Colchester, England[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2][3]
Playing position Forward/Winger
Youth career
Colchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1995 Colchester United 58 (8)
1994–1996 Brentford 35 (8)
1996 Colchester United (loan) 8 (2)
1996–1999 Colchester United 81 (16)
1999–2000 Kettering Town 10 (1)
2000–2001 Canvey Island 24 (3)
2001 Chesham United 1 (1)
2001 Wivenhoe Town 29 (10)
2001–2003 Heybridge Swifts 57 (25)
2001 Hemel Hempstead Town 3 (0)
2003–2004 Wivenhoe Town 25 (11)
2005–2006 AFC Sudbury
2007–2008 Halstead Town 20 (12)
2009–2010 Halstead Town
Total 351 (97)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Abrahams (born 31 October 1973) is an English former footballer who played as a forward or as a winger in the Football League, most notably for Colchester United, where he made over 100 league appearances in two spells between 1992 and 1999. He also played for Brentford and for a number of non-league teams after retiring from the professional game through injury.[4]

Career[edit]

Born in Colchester, Abrahams began his career at hometown club Colchester United. He signed professional terms with the U's in summer 1992, having scored 46 goals in 31 youth-team games in the previous season. He had broken into Colchester's non-league double winning side during the 1991–92 season,[2] making his debut as a substitute in a 4–2 win at Slough Town on 26 August 1991.[5] Abrahams made three Conference appearances, all as substitute,[6] and went on to play 55 Football League games for the U's until he joined Brentford for a fee of £30,000 in 1995.[7] He made 35 appearances for Brentford, scoring eight times. He was loaned back to Colchester in late 1995 and re-signed permanently for the U's in 1996 for £20,000.[3] He went on to become a key member of Steve Wignall's team, scoring an important golden goal against Peterborough United to put Colchester into the 1997 Football League Trophy Final, a game which Colchester lost in a penalty shoot-out to Carlisle United.[7] Abrahams was a member of the 1998 Third Division play-off final winning team, although did not play a part in the match itself.[8]

Abrahams was forced into an early retirement from the professional game in 1999 following a knee injury. He had made 144 league appearances in total for the U's.[7]

After leaving Colchester, Abrahams made appearances for a number of non-league teams, including Kettering Town, Canvey Island, Chesham United, Wivenhoe Town, Heybridge Swifts and AFC Sudbury.[1] He scored 14 goals for Sudbury in 56 appearances in total, before having his contract with the club terminated in November 2006 following a series of niggling injuries. He joined Halstead Town for the 2007–08 season, and rejoined the club in November 2009 to help with first team coaching. He made another appearance for Halstead in April 2010.[9]

Honours[edit]

Colchester United
All honours referenced by:[8][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Colchester United – Player profile". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Whitehead, Jeff; Drury, Kevin (2008). The Who's Who of Colchester United: The Layer Road Years. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-85983-629-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Paul Abrahams – Football Stats – Soccer Base". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/players/paul-abrahams
  5. ^ "Colchester United – Match details – Slough Town 2–4 Colchester Utd". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Colchester United – Appearances". Coludata.co.uk. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Marston, Carl (14 March 2006). "Golden-goal hero is backing U's". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Division Three (League Two) Play-off Final's". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Paul Abrahams – An Update". AFC Sudbury. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Associate Members Cup Finalists". Coludaybyday.co.uk. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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