Paul Chalmers

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Paul Chalmers
Personal information
Full name Paul Chalmers[1]
Date of birth (1963-10-31) 31 October 1963 (age 53)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Eastercraigs
1980–1984 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Celtic 4 (1)
1986 Bradford City (loan) 2 (0)
1986–1990 St Mirren 100 (23)
1990–1992 Swansea City 58 (13)
1992–1993 Dunfermline Athletic 32 (9)
1993–1995 Hamilton Academical 44 (7)
1995 Ayr United 5 (1)
1995–1996 East Fife 8 (4)
Total 253 (58)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Chalmers (born 31 October 1963) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a striker for several clubs, primarily St Mirren in Scotland and Swansea City in the English leagues.

Career[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Chalmers played for Eastercraigs as a youth before signing for Celtic. He made his debut for Celtic on 19 February 1985, coming as a substitute in a home league match against Morton and scoring in a 4-0 win.[2] However, he would only make another 3 appearances for Celtic and did not score again.[3] After a brief spell on loan at Bradford City,[4] Chalmers signed for St Mirren in 1986[4] for a £20,000 fee.[5]

In his four years at Love Street, Chalmers scored a total of 27 goals in 113 appearances. In 1987 he played in several of St Mirren's Scottish Cup ties, scoring twice in their 4th round 3-2 win over Morton[6] and once in their 2-0 quarter-final win over Raith Rovers.[6] Alas, he was injured for the latter part of the season and missed his side's 1-0 Final win over Dundee United. He did get the opportunity to play in four European games in the Cup Winners' Cup in the following season's campaign.[7] In season 1988–89, Chalmers was St Mirren's top scorer in the league with 11 goals.[4]

On leaving St Mirren in November 1989,[5] Chalmers signed for Swansea City for a fee of £124,000[5] where he won the Welsh Cup in 1991,[5] before returning to Scotland in 1992 to play for Dunfermline Athletic.[4] A year later he joined Hamilton Academical, scoring on his league debut against Brechin City. Chalmers played in both defence and attack during his time with Accies, scoring seven goals in 48 appearances.[4] He moved on to Ayr United in 1995 and then on to East Fife.[4][8]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of Lisbon Lion, Stevie Chalmers, who scored the winning goal for Celtic in the 1967 European Cup Final.[5][9] His grandfather David was also a footbeller who played for Clydebank in the 1920s,[10][11]

After retiring from football, Chalmers embarked on a career as an estate agent, first in Scotland and then in the United Arab Emirates.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Chalmers". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "McStay on song - and it's a scoring debut for Chalmers". The Glasgow Herald. 20 February 1985. p. 24. 
  3. ^ "Chalmers, Paul". FitbaStats. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Chalmers, Paul". Hamilton Academical Memory Bank. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Past Players (Section C)". Swansea City FC. 23 November 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Scottish Cup Winners 1987". St Mirren Info. 
  7. ^ "Cup Winners Cup 1987-88". StMirren.info. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  8. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. 
  9. ^ "Celtic hero Stevie Chalmers battling dementia - granddaughter reveals heartbreaking news on eve of Lisbon Lions 50th anniversary". Daily Mail. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "The players (1914–1932)". Clydebank FC Programmes. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  11. ^ Cuddihy, Paul (26 December 2016). "Happy 81st Birthday to Stevie Chalmers". celticfc.net. Celtic FC. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Ex-footballer hits his stride in real estate". Evening Times. 25 July 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2017.