Paul Downing (footballer)

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Paul Downing
Personal information
Full name Paul Michael Downing[1]
Date of birth (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Taunton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 23
Youth career
0000–2009 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2010 Hereford United (loan) 6 (0)
2010–2011 Rotherham United (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Shrewsbury Town loan) 0 (0)
2011–2012 Barnet (loan) 26 (0)
2012–2016 Walsall 156 (6)
2016– Milton Keynes Dons 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:25, 26 February 2017 (UTC).

Paul Michael Downing (born 26 October 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for English League One side Milton Keynes Dons.

Career[edit]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Downing was born in Taunton, Somerset and came through the youth system at West Bromwich Albion.[1] He signed a professional contract lasting until June 2012, with an option of a further year in the club's favour.[2] He made the bench for a 0–0 draw against Blackburn in the Premier League on 24 May 2009.[3]

Downing went on a one-month loan deal to Hereford United on 25 January 2010, along with West Brom team mate Lateef Elford-Alliyu.[4] He was given the squad number 16, and made his debut on 2 February in a 2–0 win against Lincoln City at Edgar Street.[5] He was sent off on his final appearance, a 5–0 loss to eventual league winners Notts County on 27 February.[6] He made six appearances during his loan spell.[7]

Between November 2010 and April 2011, Downing signed on loan for two successive spells with Rotherham United [8] and Shrewsbury Town[9] but made no senior appearances for either club before returning to West Brom.[10]

Barnet (loan)[edit]

On 3 November 2011 he signed on loan for League Two side Barnet, initially on a one-month deal.[11] He made his debut on 8 November in a 2–0 win in the Football League Trophy against Cheltenham Town.[12] On 17 November Barnet extended the loan deal to allow him to remain there until 2 January.[13] On 19 January 2012 the loan deal was extended again to allow him to remain at Barnet until 28 February.[14] On 29 February the loan deal was extended again, this time until the end of the season.[15] He was sent off for the second time in his career during a 1–1 draw with Rotherham on 3 March.[16]

When Downing returned to West Bromwich Albion at the end of the 2011–12 season the club announced that they were not offering him a new contract. On 24 May 2012, Downing was released after three years at the club, having never made an appearance for the first team.

Walsall[edit]

On 1 August 2012, Downing signed for League One team Walsall.[17] He made his debut on 1 September in a 2–2 draw against Brentford.[18]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 27 June 2016, after declining a new contract with Walsall, Downing joined fellow League One side Milton Keynes Dons on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal.[19] Downing made his league debut for the club on 6 August 2016, in a 0–1 away win against Shrewsbury Town.[20]

On 26 February 2017, Downing scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 home league win over Shrewsbury Town.[21]

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of former footballer and manager, and current assistant head coach of West Brom Keith Downing. His older brother Leigh was formerly at the West Bromwich Albion academy as a scholar.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 February 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09[23] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[24] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hereford United (loan) 2009–10[7] League Two 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2010–11[25] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Barnet (loan) 2011–12[24] League Two 26 0 2 0 0 0 4[a] 0 32 0
Total 32 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 38 0
Walsall 2012–13[26] League One 31 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 32 1
2013–14[27] League One 44 1 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 49 1
2014–15[28] League One 35 1 2 0 2 0 6[a] 0 45 1
2015–16[29] League One 46 3 5 0 3 0 2 0 56 3
Total 156 6 9 0 7 0 11 0 183 6
Milton Keynes Dons 2016–17 League One 29 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 35 1
Total 29 1 2 0 1 0 3 0 35 1
Career total 217 7 13 0 8 0 18 0 256 7
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
  2. ^ "West Bromwich Albion Team Profiles: Paul Downing" West Bromwich Albion F.C. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Blackburn 0–0 West Brom" West Bromwich Albion F.C. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Hereford sign West Brom's Downing and Elford Alliyu" BBC Sport. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Hereford 2–0 Lincoln" BBC Sport. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Notts County 5–0 Hereford" BBC Sport. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Games played by Paul Downing in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rotherham sign Will Atkinson & Paul Downing" BBC Sport. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury sign Davis, Nicholls and Downing" BBC Sport. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Paul Downing Football Stats" Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Barnet sign defenders Paul Downing and Michael Hector" BBC Sport. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Cheltenham 0–2 Barnet" BBC Sport. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  13. ^ "Barnet extend Paul Downing loan deal from West Brom" BBC Sport. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Barnet extend deals of Alassane N'Diaye & Paul Downing" BBC Sport. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Downing extends loan deal" Yahoo! Eurosport. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Barnet 1–1 Rotherham" BBC Sport. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Paul Downing & Connor Taylor sign one-year deals for Walsall" BBC Sport. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  18. ^ "Walsall 2–2 Brentford" BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  19. ^ "Downing is a Don". Milton Keyes Dons Official Site. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  20. ^ "Report: Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Dons". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  21. ^ "Report: MK Dons 2-1 Shrewsbury Town". Milton Keynes Dons Official Site. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Assistant head coach" West Bromwich Albion F.C. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
  23. ^ "Games played by Paul Downing in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Paul Downing in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Paul Downing in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Paul Downing in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Paul Downing in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 

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