Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh was an extravagantly gifted forward whose career started as an apprentice at Charlton Athletic.

His electric pace off the mark, great touch and plenty of imagination in creating chances and finding the net himself consistently. He left Charlton after playing 87 games and scoring 24 goals and moved on to Luton Town for a fee of £400,000. It turned out to be an inspired signing for the Hatters who had struggled against relegation all season. The graceful dribbling, clever passing and thunderous shooting made him an exciting player to watch. He won the first of his five England caps during his spell at Luton which followed England youth and Under 21 appearances.

Liverpool signed him in 1984, having just been voted PFA Young Player of the Year. In his spell at Liverpool, 112 matches scoring 37 goals, he was very much part of the Liverpool team which won the treble in 1985/86. He left Liverpool for Tottenham Hotspur as one of Liverpool’s heroes, adored by the Kop, given a heroes welcome by the fans when he returned to Anfield with Spurs.

His career at White Hart Lane saw him continue to score goals and he won an FA Cup winners medal in 1991 with Spurs. He moved to Portsmouth and was voted Player of the Year by the fans, but injuries started to effect how many games he could play. He joined Manchester City and played 53 games scoring 16 goals before going back to Portsmouth where he sustained a knee injury and his career was over at the age of 34.

Paul is currently working for Sky Sports and can be seen regularly on screens either in the studio or at a match around the country. He is also becoming a regular and popular figure on the after dinner circuit.