Paul Heald

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Paul Heald
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Personal information
Date of birth (1968-09-20) 20 September 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Wath-on-Dearne, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons (goalkeeper coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Sheffield United 0 (0)
1988–1995 Leyton Orient 176 (0)
1992 Coventry City (loan) 2 (0)
1992 Crystal Palace (loan) 0 (0)
1994 Swindon Town 2 (0)
1995–2004 Wimbledon 38 (0)
2002 Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 5 (0)
2004–2005 Milton Keynes Dons 0 (0)
Total 223 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Heald (born 20 September 1968 in Wath-on-Dearne) is a former football goalkeeper who played for multiple clubs in England. He started his career at Sheffield United in 1987 and moved on to Leyton Orient and also spent loan spells at Coventry, Crystal Palace and newly promoted Swindon Town. He was one of four goalkeepers used by Swindon during their Premier League season alongside Fraser Digby, Jon Sheffield and Nick Hammond.

In 1995 a £125,000 fee[2] took him to the Premier League side Wimbledon, where he acted mainly as backup for first Hans Segers and then Neil Sullivan. He played a total of 38 league games for the club.

In his first season at Wimbledon he was the goalkeeper who was unable to stop Tony Yeboah's thunderbolt in September 1995, the goal going on to win the Goal of the Season. He stayed with Wimbledon until the club's relocation to Milton Keynes in 2003, and also went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in 2002. He remained a player with the Milton Keynes Dons until his retirement in 2005, since which he has served as the club's goalkeeper coach.


  1. ^ "Paul Heald Profile". Archived from the original on 25 November 2005. 
  2. ^ Ridley, Ian (13 August 1995). "Club-by-club guide: The prospects, the players to watch, the arrivals and departures". The Independent. London. 

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