Paul Wilkinson (footballer)
|Full name||Paul Wilkinson|
|Date of birth||30 October 1964|
|Place of birth||Louth, Lincolnshire, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1995||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||5||(2)|
|1995||→ Watford (loan)||4||(0)|
|1996||→ Luton Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2000–2001||Leeds United (Youth Team)|
|2001–2003||Grimsby Town (Reserve Team)|
|2003–2012||Cardiff City (Reserve Team)|
|2017||Northampton Town (Caretaker Manager)|
|2018||Grimsby Town (Caretaker Manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Wilkinson had an 18-year professional playing career that saw make over 650 senior appearances and score more than 150 goals. Since retiring as a player in 2000 he has held a number of development and assistant coaching positions.
At this time he won caps for the England under-21 team. During the 1986–87 season he made 32 appearances and scored 12 goals, as Everton won the Football League First Division championship. He also scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 League Cup second round second leg victory over Newport County in October 1986.
Wilkinson played more than 200 times for Middlesbrough between 1991 and 1996, his most successful season being his first, in which he scored 24 goals. In the final minutes of the last league game of the season at Wolverhampton Wanderers, he scored a last minute winner to secure Middlesbrough's automatic promotion to the new FA Premier League. He was also the scorer of the club's first Premier League goal, with a 63rd minute consolation strike in a 2-1 defeat at Coventry City on the opening day of the season.
Middlesbrough spent just one season in the top tier, and by the time they won promotion again two years later, Wilkinson was no longer a regular player.
In 1997, partnering former Middlesbrough teammate John Hendrie in attack, Wilkinson helped Barnsley reach the Premier League, scoring one of the goals in the game against Bradford City at Oakwell that sealed their automatic promotion. He played four Premier League games at the start of the following season before joining Millwall in September 1997, scoring on his debut against former club Grimsby Town. He then finished his career at Northampton Town.
After retiring from playing he moved into coaching by taking over as the youth team manager at Leeds United before moving on to become reserve team manager at Grimsby Town and then Cardiff City in October 2003, where he was brought in by manager Lennie Lawrence. In 2012 he moved onto Sheffield Wednesday. He took a position as a coach at the Norwich City academy in October 2014. In 2016 he was appointed assistant manager at Northampton Town under Robert Page.
In April 2017 Wilkinson was appointed assistant manager at Grimsby alongside incoming manager Russell Slade. After Slade was sacked in February 2018, Wilkinson was appointed caretaker manager. Wilkinson lost all three of his games in charge of Grimsby and reverted to his role as assistant manager following the appointment of Michael Jolley as Slade's replacement.
On 11 May 2018 Wilkinson left Grimsby Town. 
- "Football: Barnsley board the Premiership". Independent. 27 April 1997. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "Games played by Paul Wilkinson in 1997/1998". soccerbase.com. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
- "Wilkinson back in work". BBC Sport. 9 October 2003. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
- "PAUL WILKINSON NAMED NORTHAMPTON TOWN'S NEW ASSISTANT MANAGER". Northampton Town. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- "Club Statement: New Management Duo Appointed". Grimsby Town. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- "Russell Slade: Grimsby Town part company with manager". BBC Sport. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- Paul Wilkinson at Soccerbase