Striker Mark Paul joined Southampton in July 1998 from King's
Lynn for £75000 but which could rise to £100,000 or
more dependent on appearances. The 19 year old striker had a trial
with Norwich when he was 16 but opted to join Peterborough instead.
A fractured ankle saw him quit The Posh and drift away from the
professional game. Impressive performances in the Peterborough
Sunday league saw him approached by Eastern Counties league side
Warboys Town for whom he signed. His speed and finishing quickly
drew the attentions of other clubs and he joined King's Lynn for
Even then he was monitored by league clubs including Norwich
and West Ham. Mark's former King's Lynn manager Peter Morris (then
at Kettering) claimed that West Ham offered £50,000 for Mark
months before his signing for Southampton. Morris also claimed
that Manchester United's Alex Ferguson rang to enquire about the
youngster whilst Spurs and Derby were also interested. However
the Lynn chairman John Scales claimed that the only firm bid was
from Port Vale at £20000. Former Warboys manager Robbie Cooke
described Paul as "an untapped Michael Owen because of the way
he finishes and the fact that he's very quick and very direct.
At the Dell, Mark would have the opportunity to develop into an
effective striker alongside old hands such as Mark Hughes, Stuart
Ripley and Matt Le Tissier. Although Mark managed to sit on the
bench for a few games, he wasn't able to claim a regular spot
in the Saints' first team. In July 1999, it was reported that
Mark had joined Hull City. In fact, he had been training with
the Tigers but had also been approached by Peterborough. Stoke
and Carlisle were also showing interest according to Sport
First (25th July 1999) but Mark hadn't accepted any offers
due to being injured.
Teletext reported on 14th September 1999 that Mark had joined
Peterborough on trial. This did not materialise into anything
permanent and in January 2000, Mark rejoined former Lynn manager
Peter Morris who was managing Conference side Kettering Town.
In September 2000, Mark joined Bedford of the Ryman League. He
remained there until March 2003 when he was released.
Despite reports that Mark had signed for Aylesbury, he in fact
returned to Peterborough to join their leading non-league side
Yaxley. After scoring seven goals in seven games for Yaxley, Mark
was re-signed by King's Lynn in the last days of March 2003. He
made his debut at Bashley on March 29th 2003, coming on as a substitute
and scoring in a 2-1 Linnets victory. Mark however was freed by
the Linnets in the 2003 pre-season following the signing of Malcolm
Ndekwe from rivals Stamford. In mid June 2003, Mark signed for
fellow Dr Martens league side Grantham Town.
At the end of August 2003, Mark signed for Cambridge City on
non-contract terms along with former Stevenage player Leon Bell.
Two thirds of the way into the following month saw Mark depart
again - this time to join Stamford. In February 2004, Mark rejoined
Yaxley but left them for Wisbech, debuting for them on Valentines
At the start of the 2004/5 season, Mark was again playing for
Yaxley. He was linked with a return to Stamford in June 2006 but
chose to remaiin at Yaxley.
Mark joined Ely City in February 2008 but returned to Yaxley
at the end of the season. He wasn't there long as he was one of
five Yaxley players to swap UCL Premier Division football at Yaxley
for a UCL Division One title tilt with Peterborough Northern Star
in early June 2008. The others were wideman Ian Edge, midfielders
Lee Blewitt and Scott Bogusz, and defender Anthony Thomas
Mark moved on to Deeping Rangers in June 2009