Paul Clayton and I share a history in that we are both products
of Sprowston High School which has since produced England international
Danny Mills (with whose brother I was
in the 30th Norwich Cub Scouts). A member of the 1983 FA Youth
cup winning side (see also Louie Donowa, Jeremy Goss , Jon Rigby ), he scored
eight goals in that campaign including two in the final against
Everton. Paul made fifteen first team appearances for the Canaries
but failed to score in the 953 minutes that he was on the pitch.
He spent some time in Scandinavia with Orebro in the summer of
He moved to Darlington in March 1988 for £25,000 - becoming
their record signing. He scored on his debut although in his remaining
twenty one games for the Quakers, he only added two further goals.
Joining Crewe Alexandra in 1989, he played sixty times for them
scoring twelve goals. Leaving Crewe, Paul moved into non-league
football in the North West with spells at Macclesfield Town, Stafford
Rangers, Stalybridge Celtic and Northwich Victoria.
Paul played in Crewe's Dean Greygoose's testimonial in May 1999
with the programme for that match revealing that Paul had quit
professional football 4 years earlier to train as a theatre technician
at Crewe's Leighton Hospital. He has since moved on to work as
a training co-ordinator within the NHS.