(born 18 April 1920 in Ton Pentre
, died 21 May 2002) was a footballer
who played as a half-back for Swansea Town
and Manchester City
. He also represented the Welsh national team
over 30 times and is regarded as one of Wales' best ever players.
Raised in the Rhondda Valley
, Paul became a miner after leaving school, but an offer of a professional contract from Swansea gave him the opportunity to leave the colliery, but his football career was then disrupted by Second World War
, during which he was a physical training instructor. After the war, Paul made his League debut, and spent four years playing first team football for Swansea, winning the Third Division South
championship in 1948–49. Transfer listed after an abortive move to Colombian club Millonarios
, Paul joined Manchester City for £19,500 in June 1950.
In 1941 Paul married his wife Beryl and had two children, Robert and Christine
At Manchester City Paul spent seven years as captain, leading the club to successive FA Cup
finals in 1955 and 1956, losing the first and winning the second. In 1957 he became player-manager of Worcester City
, and subsequently wound down his career in his native South Wales, becoming a lorry driver. He died in 2002 aged 82.
When Paul left school, like many boys from the Rhondda Valley he became a miner. While playing football for Ton Boys Club he was spotted by Swansea Town
, for whom he signed first as an amateur, and... Read More