Paul Cuddy

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Paul Cuddy
Personal information
Date of birth (1959-02-21) 21 February 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth Kendal, England
Playing position Central Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Rochdale 1 (0)
19??–82 Chorley
1982–89 Altrincham 255 (10[1])
Witton Albion
Horwich R.M.I.
1995 Mossley
1995–?? Fleetwood Town
1997–?? Ramsbottom United
Teams managed
1995 Mossley (player-manager)
1999–2000 Nantwich Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Cuddy (born 21 February 1959 in Kendal) is an English former professional footballer. He played in the Football League for Rochdale before embarking on a long playing and managerial career in semi-professional football. He has played three times for the England Semi-Professional side.

Cuddy began his career as an apprentice with Manchester City training alongside the likes of Rodney Marsh and Franny Lee.[2] After being released he was on the verge of joining Bolton Wanderers but manager Jimmy Armfield left three days before he was due to sign and new manager Ian Greaves decided against signing him.[2]

He signed for Rochdale in August 1977.[3] He made just one appearance (as a substitute against Barnsley[2]) for Rochdale before being released in May 1978. He was subsequently with Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers before joining Chorley[1]

He joined Altrincham towards the end of the 1981–82 season. During his time with Altrincham he played three times (against Scotland, the Netherlands and Italy[2]) for the England Semi-Pro side managed by Howard Wilkinson and played in two FA Trophy Finals, including the 1986 win against Runcorn. He left Altrincham in 1989 and subsequently played for Witton Albion, Chorley and Horwich RMI before joining Mossley as player-manager in March 1995.[3] He failed to keep Mossley from relegation and was replaced as manager by Kevin Keelan in August 1995. Cuddy remained with Mossley as a player until October 1995 when he joined Fleetwood Town. He joined Ramsbottom United in October 1997,[2] soon becoming club captain.[4] He was assistant manager of Ramsbottom in October 1998[5]) before taking over as manager of Nantwich Town in January 1999.[6] He was sacked by Nantwich in July 2000.[7]

He returned to Altrincham as a coach to their reserve side, taking over as reserve team manager in October 2001.[8] In December 2001, Cuddy played for the reserve side in their 0–0 draw away to Marine.[9]

He was later assistant manager of Abbey Hey.[10][11]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Cuddy carry it on?". The Citizen. 10 October 1997. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "The Mossley Managers". Mossley A.F.C. Archived from the original on 18 March 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "we meet again!". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 24 October 1997. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Alexander, Jeremy (17 October 1998). "Charging Rams tackle their giants". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Down to earth". Middlewich Guardian. 28 January 1999. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Jim'll fix it". Middlewich Guardian. 13 July 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Reserves boss leaves". Altrincham F.C. 19 October 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Good draw". Altrincham F.C. 9 December 2001. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Complete A–Z of players 1919–2010: Cain to Cutler". Mossley A.F.C. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Abbey Hey 1 Altrincham 4". 23 July 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2010.