Paul Blades joined Norwich in 1990 after making 166 appearances
for Derby County. Never a convincing figure in the Norwich back
four, Paul was sold on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1992 where
he managed to make another 107 appearances. A further transfer
to Rotherham took place in July 1995 for £110,000. In the
summer of 1997, he joined GM Vauxhall Conference side Hednesford
According to the Daily Telegraph of 24th March 1999, Paul
Blades was a target for lowly Gresley Rovers of the Dr Martens
League. This came true and Paul joined Gresley as player coach.
However the August 1999 edition of Team Talk stated that
Paul had been released by Gresley. Mike Davage's Canaries..
On A Wing and A Prayer article in the 2002/03 Norwich City
official handbook revealed that Paul is working as a Health and
Paul moved into management in May 2004 when he took over as manager
of Everards Brewery Leicestershire Senior League club Stapenhill.
He was introduced to the club when his son Dean, a midfield player
previously with Burton Albion's youth team, was recruited by previous
manager Brian Train who was to remain at the club and work alongside
Blades. Paul only lasted 8 games with Stapenhill before departing
Paul is now working as a health and safety officer at The Cube,
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