Wimbleton, Paul

Birth Date

13th November 1964


Havant, Hampshire



Biographical Text

Paul Wimbleton joined Exeter City from Shrewsbury Town in 1991 and left to play for Swansea City. In a career that had started at Portsmouth, he most notably played for Cardiff City. After finishing his Football League career he played in Hong Kong, Ireland, South Africa and the United States.    

Paul began his career at Portsmouth as an apprentice and, after signing a full contract in February 1982, sustained a knee injury which restricted him to 10 league outings before his release in 1984. Out of action for nearly two years, he joined Cardiff City in August 1986 where he regained match-fitness and played 119 league games (scoring 17 goals) before having a less-successful spell for Bristol City between May 1989 and January 1990 ahead of joining Shrewsbury Town. After a year in Shropshire, Paul played just two games for Maidstone United before arriving at St James Park in September 1991. 

Signing for the recently-appointed Alan Ball, Paul made his Grecians debut against Huddersfield Town on 7 September 1991 as he appeared in 36 league games during his solitary season with the club. With City finishing in 20th place in the third-tier it was often a hard slog although Paul was able to chip in with four goals during the season. 

Paul’s stay was destined to be brief and, in August 1992, he returned to South Wales to spend a single campaign with Swansea City before dropping out of the Football League to play for Barry Town prior to featuring for Cape Town Spurs (South Africa), Sing Tao Sing (Hong Kong), Cork City (Ireland) and Foshan (China) with a later stint back in South Wales with Merthyr Tydfil.

By 1998/99 Paul was in the United States with Delaware Wizards and then Hampton Roads Mariners before opening a soccer academy in New Jersey.



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