Paul Peschisolido

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Paul Peschisolido
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Peschisolido in 2011
Personal information
Full name Paolo Pasquale Peschisolido
Date of birth (1971-05-25) 25 May 1971 (age 48)
Place of birth Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 Toronto Blizzard
1990–1991 Kansas City Comets (indoor)
1992–1994 Birmingham City 43 (16)
1994–1996 Stoke City 66 (19)
1996 Birmingham City 9 (1)
1996–1997 West Bromwich Albion 45 (18)
1997–2001 Fulham 95 (24)
2000Queens Park Rangers (loan) 5 (1)
2001Sheffield United (loan) 5 (2)
2001Norwich City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2004 Sheffield United 79 (17)
2004–2007 Derby County[A] 91 (20)
2007–2008 Luton Town 4 (0)
2009 St Patrick's Athletic 0 (0)
Total 447 (118)
National team
1986–1987 Canada U-17 7 (0)
1988 Canada U-20 6 (2)
1990–1992 Canada U-23 12 (5)
1992–2004 Canada 53 (10)
Teams managed
2009–2012 Burton Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paolo Pasquale Peschisolido (born 25 May 1971), commonly known as Paul Peschisolido, is a Canadian soccer manager and former player, and husband of Karren, Baroness Brady. Peschisolido was manager of English League Two club Burton Albion from May 2009 until March 2012, when he was dismissed following a poor run of games which left his side 17th in the league.

A forward, Peschisolido began his career in the Canadian Soccer League with the Toronto Blizzard and played in the Major Indoor Soccer League with the Kansas City Comets before moving to England.

Over 16 seasons he scored 118 goals from 447 appearances in the Football League, playing for nine different clubs: Birmingham City, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield United, Norwich City, Derby County and Luton Town.

Peschisolido represented his country from U-16 level upwards to the senior level spanning from 1986–2004, making his senior debut for the Canadian national team in 1992. He went on to play 53 times for Canada, scoring 10 goals, in a 12-year senior international career.[1][2] On 1 June 2013, he was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, Peschisolido began his professional playing career when still a high-schooler with Archbishop Denis O'Connor Catholic High School in Ajax. He led the team to OFSAA finals in his last year then moved on as a trainee with the Toronto Blizzard of the Canadian Soccer League, where he was named the "Rookie of the Year" in 1989.[3] He also played the 1990–91 Major Indoor Soccer League season with the Kansas City Comets, being named the league's 'Newcomer of the Year'.[4]

Birmingham City[edit]

After spending a year with the Juventus academy, returning homesick saw him offered the opportunity from his former national youth team coach Tony Taylor to join Birmingham City for £25,000 in November 1992.[5] He was joint top scorer in each of his two seasons with the club.[6]

Stoke City[edit]

In August 1994, he moved on to Stoke City in a £400,000 plus player exchange deal involving Dave Regis.[5][7] He was top scorer with 15 goals for the 1994–95 season,[8] and remained at Stoke until March 1996, when he returned to Birmingham until the end of the 1995–96 season, scoring once in nine appearances.[9]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

Peschisolido signed for West Bromwich Albion in a £600,000 deal in July 1996.[10] He made his first appearance for the club in the 3–1 home League Cup defeat to Colchester United on 3 September 1996. Four days later, Peschisolido scored just nine minutes into his Albion league debut, as the Midlands side ran out 2–0 winners at Queens Park Rangers.[5] He was joint top League scorer that season for the club.[11]

Fulham[edit]

After 51 appearances and 21 goals for West Brom, he dropped down a division to join Fulham in October 1997, for a £1.1 million transfer fee.[12][13] He appeared 37 times for 'the Cottagers' in the 1997–98 season, scoring 13 goals and helping the team win promotion as Division Two champions.[5] In the next two seasons, he produced 10 goals from 40 appearances and 7 from 36 appearances in all competitions.[14][15]

After appearing in two League Cup matches for Fulham in the 2000–01 season, Peschisolido was loaned to Queens Park Rangers in November 2000.[16] He scored on his QPR debut, playing alongside the much taller Peter Crouch in a 1–1 draw against Portsmouth.[17][18] In January 2001, he went on loan again, this time to Sheffield United,[19] also scoring on his debut for "the Blades", before spending a further loan period at Norwich City.[20]

Sheffield United[edit]

He later re-joined Sheffield United in a permanent deal for £250,000, after agreeing to a wage cut.[21] He was a key player in the 2002–03 season, helping the club reach the semi-finals of the 2003 FA Cup and League Cup and the Division One play-off final.[5] In the play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United came back from a two-goal deficit to take the game into extra time. Peschisolido came off the substitutes' bench at the midpoint of added time to score the goal that took the lead, which is remembered not just for its impact on the game but also for the player's frantic celebrations afterwards.[22][23] In the 2003 FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, he was denied an equalising goal by goalkeeper David Seaman, who made a one-handed "claw-back" save from Peschisolido's header which Peter Schmeichel later described as "the best stop I’ve ever seen in the flesh".[24][25]

Derby County[edit]

In March 2004, Peschisolido joined Derby County in a swap deal, with Izale McLeod moving to United on loan for the rest of the season.[26] Once again he scored on debut, contributing four goals in his first three appearances, including two against local rivals Nottingham Forest, one of which was gifted to him by goalkeeper Barry Roche, who sliced an attempted clearance after the ball deflected off a plastic coffee cup on the pitch.[27][28] After Derby avoided relegation in 2004, Peschisolido's "knack for scoring vital goals from the substitutes' bench"[29] helped them reach the playoffs in 2005 and 2007, though he started in the playoff final against West Bromwich Albion at Wembley Stadium, which Derby won 1–0 to earn promotion to the Premier League.[30] Peschisolido was released by the club at the end of that season.[31]

Luton Town[edit]

On 16 July 2007 Peschisolido signed for Luton Town on a one-year deal.[32] He played just four league matches and one cup match for Luton, scoring once in the Football League Trophy against Northampton Town,[33] before an ankle problem kept him out of action from September onwards. After the injury failed to respond to injections it was confirmed in December that he would require an operation, ruling him out for the rest of the season.[34] Luton released Peschisolido at the end of the 2007–08 season, following their relegation to League Two.[35] Failing to fully recover from injury, he would subsequently retire and not seek a new club.[citation needed] By this time, he had accumulated 447 Football League appearances and 118 goals over 16 years, predominantly in the second tier of English professional football. He also made 76 cup appearances, scoring 22 goals.[9][36]

International career[edit]

Peschisolido played in all of Canada's three games at the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship which were held in Canada. He earned 7 caps at the U-17 level, 6 caps at the U-20 level scoring 2 goals, and 12 caps at the U-23 level scoring 5 goals.

He made his senior national team debut for Canada on 13 June 1992 in a match against Hong Kong at Varsity Stadium where he scored his first international goal. Peschisolido formed effective striker partnerships for Canada with Alex Bunbury and Carlo Corazzin over their years with the national team. Peschisolido scored the majority of his international goals between 1995–1996 at Commonwealth Stadium that included a number of World Cup qualification matches which led to the venue becoming lovingly nicknamed St. Paul's Cathedral amongst the Canadian fans and press.[37][38] He scored his last international goal on his 50th cap on 13 June 2004 in a World Cup qualification match against Belize, exactly 12 years to the day from his first international goal and first cap. He earned a total of 53 caps from 1992–2004, and scored 10 goals making him tied 9th with Tomasz Radzinski in all time scoring for Canada.[39] He represented Canada in four FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns (1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006) in 26 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[40] He played in the Canadian squad that won the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup and played in all of Canada's three games at the 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup. His final international cap was on 4 September 2004 at Commonwealth Stadium in a World Cup qualification match against Honduras.

Managerial career[edit]

On 15 January 2009, he was appointed as Jeff Kenna's assistant manager at League of Ireland club St Patrick's Athletic.[41] Both Kenna and Peschisolido registered as players for the 2009 season in case of emergency.[42] On 15 May 2009, he resigned from this post for "personal reasons" with immediate effect.[43]

Three days later, on 18 May 2009, he was appointed manager of Burton Albion taking over from caretaker manager Roy McFarland, who had taken the club to promotion to League Two after the departure of Nigel Clough.[44] Peschisolido was in charge of Burton for almost 3 years but was relieved of his duties on 17 March 2012, following a winless run of 14 games.[45]

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, Peschisolido married Karren Brady, who was at the time managing director of Birmingham City F.C. The couple have two children, daughter Sophia and son Paolo.[46] Peschisolido is a cousin of former National Hockey League (NHL) player Mike Ricci.[47]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Source:[48]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 1992–93 First Division 19 7 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 22 7
1993–94 First Division 24 9 0 0 2 1 0 0 26 10
Total 43 16 1 0 2 1 2 0 48 17
Stoke City 1994–95 First Division 40 13 2 0 3 2 4[a] 0 49 15
1995–96 First Division 26 6 1 0 3 1 2[a] 2 32 9
Total 66 19 3 0 6 3 6 2 81 24
Birmingham City 1995–96 First Division 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
West Bromwich Albion 1996–97 First Division 37 15 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 15
1997–98 First Division 8 3 0 0 4 3 0 0 12 6
Total 45 18 1 0 5 3 0 0 51 21
Fulham 1997–98 Second Division 32 13 3 0 0 0 2[b] 0 37 13
1998–99 Second Division 33 7 5 2 2 1 0 0 40 10
1999–2000 First Division 30 4 2 0 4 3 0 0 36 7
2000–01 First Division 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 95 24 10 2 8 4 2 0 115 30
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2000–01 First Division 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Sheffield United (loan) 2000–01 First Division 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Norwich City (loan) 2000–01 First Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Sheffield United 2001–02 First Division 29 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 31 6
2002–03 First Division 23 3 4 1 5 2 2[c] 1 34 7
2003–04 First Division 27 8 4 1 1 0 0 0 32 9
Total 79 17 8 2 8 2 2 1 97 22
Derby County 2003–04 First Division 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 4
2004–05 Championship 32 8 1 1 1 0 2[d] 0 36 9
2005–06 Championship 34 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 37 7
2006–07 Championship 14 3 2 1 2 0 1 0 19 4
Total 91 20 5 4 4 0 3 0 103 24
Luton Town 2007–08 League One 4 0 0 0 0 0 1[e] 1 5 1
Career Total 447 118 28 8 33 13 16 4 524 143
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in Second Division play-offs
  3. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs
  4. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  5. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

Source:[49]

National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 1992 4 1
1993 7 0
1995 6 4
1996 5 3
1997 5 0
1999 1 0
2000 12 1
2001 5 0
2003 3 0
2004 5 1
Total 53 10

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.[50]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 June 1992 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada  Hong Kong 1–0 3–1 Columbus 500 Cup
2 22 May 1995 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–0 Canada Cup
3 22 May 1995 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Northern Ireland 2–0 2–0 Canada Cup
4 28 May 1995 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Chile 1–0 1–2 Canada Cup
5 3 August 1995 Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada  Trinidad and Tobago 3–0 3–1 Caribana Cup
6 30 August 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Panama 2–0 3–1 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 10 October 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Cuba 2–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 13 October 1996 Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Canada  Cuba 1–0 2–0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 30 May 2000 Winnipeg Soccer Complex, Winnipeg, Canada  Honduras 1–0 2–1 Friendly
10 13 June 2004 Richardson Memorial Stadium, Kingston, Canada  Belize 1–0 4–0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Burton Albion  England 18 May 2009 17 March 2012 141 44 36 61 031.21
As of 17 March 2012.[51]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Fulham

Derby County

International[edit]

Canada

Individual[edit]

Notes[edit]

A. ^ Soccerbase's stats for the match between Derby County and Birmingham City on 9 March 2007 fail to include appearances by substitutes for either side, one of whom was Peschisolido.[55][56] Therefore, until and unless they correct it, he should have one more appearance for Derby than given on his Soccerbase page.

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