Paul Edwards (footballer, born 1980)
|Full name||Paul Edwards|
|Date of birth||1 January 1980|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Left-back / Winger|
|2012||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2012||→ Barrow (loan)||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Starting in non-league football, he played for Ashton United and Curzon Ashton, before briefly appearing with League club Doncaster Rovers in 1997. Spells at Knutsford Town and Altrincham followed, before he was picked up by Swindon Town in 1999. After three years he moved on to Welsh club Wrexham, before switching to Blackpool for the 2004–05 season. After two years with Oldham Athletic, he signed with Port Vale in summer 2007. After two years with Vale he dropped into the Conference to play for Barrow. Having won the FA Trophy with the club in 2010, he switched clubs to Fleetwood Town the following year. He joined Mansfield Town on loan in January 2012, before joining Barrow on loan two months later. He spent a year out of the game, before re-signing with Barrow in August 2013.
Born in Manchester, Edwards started his career with Crewe Alexandra, never making the first team he dropped into non-league football with Ashton United, Curzon Ashton, Doncaster Rovers, Knutsford Town and Altrincham before he returned to the Football League with Swindon Town for the start of the 2001–02 season. After the season finished he signed with Welsh club Wrexham in June 2002. He spent two seasons at the Racecourse Ground before rejecting a new contract with the club, instead joining Blackpool. After 31 games for the "Seasiders" in the 2004–05 season he joined Oldham Athletic on a free transfer in May 2005.
Rejecting a new deal at Oldham, Edwards signed with Port Vale in June 2007. After not making much of an impression at Vale Park he was placed on the transfer list. After hearing about this he gave an outburst in The Sentinel claiming he was the best player playing at Port Vale. Despite denying the remarks, he was booed onto the pitch the following game against Bournemouth. Vale lost that game 3–1 but the game after that against Yeovil Town saw Edwards answer his critics as he scored in a 2–2 draw.
During the build-up to the 2008–09, Edwards suffered an ankle injury in pre-season that threatened to cut short his Port Vale career. However, after overcoming this he soon found himself back on the bench after a run of superb performances in the reserves. He came on during Vale's 2–1 home defeat to Notts County and was arguably the best player with his trickery and pace on the left of midfield. He found himself back in the first-team the following week and gave a man-of-the-match performance against Shrewsbury Town on 11 October 2008 at the New Meadow, which Vale won 2–1. Following the conclusion of the season he was offered a new contract, but after the appointment of new manager Micky Adams the offer was withdrawn.
It had been suggested that he would link up again with John Sheridan, his manager at Oldham, now at Chesterfield. But this came to nothing and after a brief trial with his former club Wrexham in late 2009, he signed for Barrow in March 2010, and ironically made his debut against Wrexham later in the month. Two months he lifted his first trophy with the club after a 2–1 win over Stevenage Borough in the FA Trophy final. At the end of the season the club released left-back Gareth Jelleyman, with the intention that Edwards would fulfil this role the following season. However the club soon discovered that Edwards had also been offered a trial with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Edwards failed to gain a contract in Scotland however, and returned to Barrow just after the start of the 2010–11 season. In May 2011 he was offered a new contract by Barrow, having made a 43-game haul in the 2010–11 campaign.
In June 2011 he signed with Barrow's Conference rivals Fleetwood Town. In January 2012 he joined Conference rivals Mansfield Town on a one-month loan, after manager Paul Cox had previously attempted to sign Edwards in the summer. He played three games for the "Stags", before returning to Highbury. In March 2012 he re-joined former club Barrow on loan until 28 April. He was released by Fleetwood in May 2012. After a year out of the game, he returned to Barrow again, this time in the Conference North. He played 25 games for the "Bluebirds" during the 2013–14 season, helping Darren Edmondson's side to an 11th-place finish.
Style of play
In a 2009 interview with Mark Weatherup, printed in the Port Vale match day programme, Edwards described himself as a player who "like[s] to get forward and beat players getting crosses into the box. I used to be a winger but I also play left back and I'm comfortable in either position."
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Doncaster Rovers||1997–98||Third Division||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
|Swindon Town||2001–02||Second Division||14||0||1||1||0||0||1[a]||0||16||1|
|Oldham Athletic||2005–06||League One||34||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||37||0|
|Port Vale||2007–08||League One||25||2||2||0||1||0||1[a]||0||29||2|
|Mansfield Town (loan)||2011–12||Conference National||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||0|
|Barrow (loan)||2011–12||Conference National||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Fleetwood Town||2011–12||Conference National||7||0||0||0||0||0||1[c]||0||8||0|
- with Barrow
- "Paul Edwards". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- Ashton United stats
- "Wrexham snap up Edwards". BBC Sport. 28 June 2002. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Edwards to leave Racecourse". BBC Sport. 6 July 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Double swoop for Blackpool". BBC Sport. 10 July 2004. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Edwards snapped up by Latics boss". BBC Sport. 28 May 2005. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Port Vale pull off triple swoop". BBC Sport. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Edwards Hits Back". Port Vale website. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Vale boss is 'nott giving up the fight.". Sunday Mercury. 27 January 2008. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
- "Port Vale 2-2 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Shrewsbury 1-2 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2009.
- "Valiants withdraw Edwards offer". BBC Sport. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
- "Barrow sign West Bromwich Albion man Kayleden Brown". BBC Sport. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Barrow 2-1 Stevenage (aet)". BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "FA Trophy winners Barrow release trio". BBC Sport. 12 May 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Barrow face SPL competition for defender Paul Edwards". BBC Sport. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Forrest, Goodfellow and Masters released by Barrow". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
- "24. Paul Edwards". barrowafc.com. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
- "Mansfield Town sign Paul Edwards and chase Barnes-Homer". BBC Sport. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
- "Barrow re-sign Fleetwood Town defender Paul Edwards". BBC Sport. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
- "Town Release List". Fleetwood Town FC. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012.
- "Eddy Signs But Barrow Now Payne-Free". barrowafc.com. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
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- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Games played by Paul Edwards in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
- "Stats". Soccerway. Retrieved 17 August 2013.