Paul Sansome

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Paul Sansome
Personal information
Full name Paul Eric Sansome
Date of birth (1961-10-06) 6 October 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth New Addington, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
1980–1988 Millwall 156 (0)
1988–1997 Southend United 308 (0)
1996 Birmingham City (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Gravesend & Northfleet (loan)
2001–2002 Southend United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Eric Sansome (born 6 October 1961)[1] is an English former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made more than 150 appearances in the Football League for Millwall and more than 300 for Southend United.

Football career[edit]

Sansome was born in New Addington, London. His football career began at local club Crystal Palace, from where he moved to Millwall on a free transfer in April 1980 aged 18. He made his first-team debut in March 1982 and went on to make nearly 200 appearances for the club in all competitions. During his time at Millwall he was on the winning side in the Football League Group Cup final in 1982–83, and won the club's Player of the Year award while helping them to promotion from the Third Division in 1984–85.[1]

He joined Southend United for a fee of £40,000 in March 1988[1] and went on to make more than 350 appearances for the club, including helping them to successive promotions, from the Fourth Division in 1989–90 and from the Third Division as runners-up the following season. He moved to First Division side Birmingham City on loan during the 1995–96 season, when both Ian Bennett and Bart Griemink were unavailable,[2] making one appearance in the League Cup[3] and one in the league.[4] Later that year he was loaned to Gravesend & Northfleet, then playing in the Southern League.

He made a comeback with Southend in the 2001–02 season, joining his former club on a non-contract basis as goalkeeping cover,[5] and was named among the substitutes for the game against Luton Town, for which Darryl Flahavan was suspended.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Paul Sansome". Retrieved 2008-04-01. 
  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (10 January 1996). "Fry cooks up another signing". The Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Haylett, Trevor (11 January 1996). "Fleck's reprieve for Norwich". The Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Woodward, James (15 January 1996). "Birmingham thwarted". The Independent. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sansome comeback?". Daily Gazette. Colchester. 28 December 2001. Retrieved 26 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Southend 1–2 Luton". BBC Sport. 29 December 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2008. 

External links[edit]

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