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 Post subject: ONE FOR THE ALBION
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:07 am 
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while typing up my notes on Lee Bracey I had to dip into a book about Swansea I have just to check a few facts and I was reminded that at Swansea the same time was Paul Raynor, who had a short spell at Ossett Albion at the end of his career, seeing as we are all about to get married and live happily ever after in the good ship Ossett United, I thought would do a few notes on Paul Raynor.

Paul Raynor was born Nottingham in 1966, the son of Bob Raynor, a former goalkeeper with Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Halifax Town and player-manager of Loughborough United in the old Midland League. Paul began his career with Nottingham Forest, making his first team debut in November 1984 against Southampton in place of Trevor Christie. He played in the next 3 games, alongside Peter Davenport, who later joined Manchester United and played for England. Paul was then replaced by another reserve team striker David Riley. In March 1985, Paul had a loan spell with Bristol Rovers playing in 8 games, before returning to Forest.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:27 am 
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In August 1985, Paul transferred from Forest to Huddersfield Town, at the time managed by Mick Buxton. He made his debut in a 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic but tended to be mainly used as a sub, if he did start a game, it was usually standing in for Phil Wilson or Dale Tempest. Town finished the season in 16th. The following season Paul appeared more often, but just before Christmas 1986, Mick Buxton was sacked and replaced by youth team coach Steve Smith. Paul rarely appeared after that and his last game was a FA Cup match v Norwich City. In March 1987, Paul was transferred to Swansea City for a £30,000 fee. The Swans manager was Terry Yorath.

Paul made his debut in a 0-2 defeat at Halifax and among his fellow forwards were Sean McCarthy and Colin Pascoe. also at Swansea were former Scottish international Tommy Hutchison and former Leeds left back Terry Phelan. Swansea ended the season in 12th. For 1987-88, Yorath brought in former Olympic long jumper Lyn Davies to help with the training. Yorath also signed up Chris Coleman from Manchester City, former Manchester United winger Alan Davies and his Newcastle team mate Joe Allon, former Swansea legend Robbie James from Leicester City. Swansea ended the season in 6th place and beat Rotherham United and Torquay United to win the play offs and win promotion to Division 3.

In 1988-89, goal scoring was a major problem for Swansea, right back Andy Melville was the top scorer with 10 goals. Yorath resigned in February to return to Bradford City and was replaced by Ian Evans, who had been Steve Coppell's assistant at Crystal Palace. Paul missed much of the season and had a loan spell at Wrexham. At the end of the season, Swansea beat Kidderminster Harriers 5-0 to win the Welsh Cup, Paul was among the scorers. Swansea finished 12th.

Paul played and scored against Panathinaikos in the European Cup Winners Cup, but the Greek side won the tie. In March 1990, Evans was replaced by Terry Yorath, goal scoring again was a big problem and Paul was top scorer with just 6 goals. Swansea ended the season in 17th.

For 1990-91, Paul started to play at right back as well as on the wing. Again there was a managerial changed, Yorath was replaced in March 1991 by former Cardiff boss Frank Burrows. Swansea won the Welsh Cup, beating Wrexham, Paul among the scorers. Swansea finished 20th.

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In 1991-92, Swansea were drawn against Monaco in the European Cup Winners Cup, Paul didn't play in the first leg at Vetch Field, which Monaco won 2-1; but he did play in the 2nd leg in Monaco, which Arsene Wenger's team won 8-0. Among the names in the Monaco team that night was Emmanuel Petit, current Leicester City boss Claude Puel, French international Youri Djorkaeff and George Weah who later played for AC Milan, Chelsea and Man City. Tragedy struck when in February 1992, when Alan Davies was found dead in his car aged 30. That evening's Welsh Cup tie with Cardiff City was postponed out of respect.

Paul's last game for Swansea game in March 1992 against West Bromwich Albion. He transferred to Division 2 side Cambridge United who were in the play off places under John Beck. He made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Brighton. His team mates included Dion Dublin, Steve Claridge, Devon White (who had also just arrived in a straight swap for John Taylor). Also new to the Abbey Stadium was one Micky Norbury, who had arrived a month or so earlier from Bridlington Town. Cambridge, who had rattled a few cages along the way with their style of football, finished 5th but lost to Leicester City in the play offs.

For 1992-93, Dion Dublin moved onto Manchester United and was last seen (by me the other morning) on the BBC, looking at some dodgy looking cracks in the wall in a terraced house in Swinton on Dearne. Steve Claridge moved to Luton Town, apparently after feeling the need to punch John Beck in the face. John Beck signed John Francis from Burnley while the Football League re-branded Division 2 as Division 1. Paul was playing more in midfield now and Cambridge's strike force was Devon White, Micky Norbury and John Francis. Cambridge start the season badly and in October John Beck is sacked. Gary Johnson takes over as caretaker but then Ian Atkins is appointed manager in December. John Beck is appointed Preston manager and Norbury follows him there. Cambridge are relegated.

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Paul joined Preston North End for the start of the 1993-94 season. Not long after, Preston sign Hamilton Academical centre half David Moyes. Norbury played 29 games before joining Doncaster Rovers, and Preston end the season in 5th place. they beat Torquay United in the play off but lose to Martin O'Neill's Wycombe Wanderers in the play off final at Wembley.

For 1994-95, Preston rip up their plastic pitch and revert back to grass. John Beck was sacked in November and replaced by his assistant Gary Peters. In March 1995, Preston sign on loan a young lad from Manchester United called David Beckham, he scores on his debut at Doncaster and plays 5 games in all. Preston again finish 5th, but lose to Bury in the play offs.

Paul plays 5 games early in the 1995-96 but then transfers back to Cambridge United, by now also back in Division 3. While Preston go onto win the Division 3 title, Cambridge finish 16th under former West Ham defender Tommy Taylor.

In 1996-97, Tommy Taylor resigns to join Leyton Orient and is replaced by former Bradford City boss Roy McFarland, Cambridge eventually finish 10th.

In the summer of 1997, Paul is contacted by Tommy Taylor, who has been approached by an agent looking to recruit players for the Chinese League. Paul flies out to China and spends 6 months playing for Guang Deong (other spellings are available). Paul returns home in February 1998 and joins Leyton Orient, still under Taylor's management. He makes 10 appearances before the end of the season and then plays 7 more games in 1998-99 before going into non league football.

In all, Paul's Football League career is as follows:
Nottingham Forest 4 games no goals
Bristol Rovers 8 games no goals
Huddersfield Town 57 games 9 goals
Swansea City 230 games 33 goals
Wrexham 6 games no goals
Cambridge United (both spells) 143 games 10 goals
Preston North End 102 games 12 goals
Leyton Orient 17 games no goals
TOTAL - 567 games 64 goals

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During 1998-99, after leaving Orient, Paul played for Stevenage Borough, Kettering Town and Ilkeston Town. In 1999-2000, he combines coaching Sheffield United with playing for Boston United. After a spell with Kings Lynn, Paul is appointed player manager of Hednesford Town, then he joins Gainsborough Trinity to coach their juniors but leaves a couple of months later as a cost cutting measure. In January 2002, he arrives at Ossett Albion, who are struggling against relegation. Paul, if I recall rightly, tended to play more at centre back or as a sweeper. He played a few games and might have even played in the 2-0 win over an Ossett Town side who (or so they thought) were going for promotion. Albion were relegated back to the NCEL but came back a couple of years later and stayed in the NPL ever since. Paul meanwhile, returned to Kings Lynn and then joined Boston United as assistant manager in the 2003-04 season.

From that point on, Paul's career is intertwined with Steve Evans. Steve, a former Bolton Wanderers player, who after injury ended his career back in Scotland got a job working in Peterborough and had managed Stamford in the United Counties League before taking over Boston United. His methods were controversial, and he upset a few folk along the way, including the police and HMRC as well as the football authorities, but Steve achieved a lot of success in the early days, taking Boston United and Crawley Town into the Football League, then he managed Rotherham United for a couple of years before taking over at Leeds United in October 2015 and meeting his match in Massimo Cellino. One abiding memory of that season was Leeds getting hammered 0-4 at Brighton and Steve Evans, normally very talkative and open, being that upset he refused to talk to the media after the game, Paul Raynor ended up having to do the press conference. Evans left the club at the end of the season and after a few months out and coming close to taking the Oldham Athletic job, he took over at Mansfield Town in November 2016. Steve and Paul left Mansfield in February 2018 to take over at Peterborough United.

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