Paul Parker Profile

Paul Parker

Paul An­drew Par­ker, born Lon­don, Eng­land, April 4, 1964. Paul Par­ker ini­ti­ated his ca­reer wi­th Ful­ham be­fore he teamed up wi­th Queens Park Ran­gers at the start of the 1987–88 cam­paign. He in­stantly settled at Loftus Road and made his Foot­ball Lea­gue de­but for The Hoops in a 3–0 vic­tory over West Ham Uni­ted at Boleyn Gro­und on the 15th of Au­gust 1987.

Paul Par­ker was far more cul­tured in pos­ses­sion of the ball than most de­fenders of his day, and he soon ma­naged to es­tab­lish him­self at Queens Park Ran­gers where he would go on to make well over 100 Foot­ball Lea­gue ap­pear­ances be­tween 1987 and 1991. Ev­entually, the tal­en­ted young­ster was trans­ferred to Man­chester Uni­ted for an es­tim­ated fee of £2 mil­lion dur­ing the sum­mer of 1991, and made his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for his new club in a 2–0 win over Notts Coun­ty at Old Traf­ford on the open­ing day of the 1991–92 cam­paign. As a Man­chester Uni­ted play­er, the spe­cial­ist right full­back won the Pre­mier Lea­gue title twice, the FA Cup once and the Lea­gue Cup once. When Par­ker left Uni­ted at the end of the 1995–1996 sea­son, the East Lon­don­er joi­ned new­ly pro­moted Pre­miership si­de Der­by Coun­ty in a free trans­fer deal be­fore the ded­ic­ated and hard work­ing play­er had spells at Shef­field Uni­ted and Ful­ham. The de­fender then sig­ned for Chel­sea, but he on­ly ma­naged to play a mere four Pre­mier Lea­gue mat­ches for The Blues whi­le at Stam­ford Bridge. Af­ter leav­ing Chel­sea, Paul Par­ker went on to play for Non-Lea­gue clubs Hey­bridge Swifts and Farn­bor­ough To­wn, be­fore he de­cided to fin­ish off his play­ing ca­reer in 2001. A hugely pop­u­lar and well re­spec­ted foot­baller in his day, the af­fable full­back also ma­naged to win a total of 19 seni­or caps for Eng­land be­tween 1989 and 1994. Paul Par­ker Play­ing Ca­reer: Ful­ham, Queens Park Ran­gers, Man­chester Uni­ted, Der­by Coun­ty, Shef­field Uni­ted, Ful­ham, Chel­sea, Hey­bridge Swifts, Farn­bor­ough To­wn. Play­ing Hon­ours: Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue: 1993, 1994, Eng­lish FA Cup 1994, Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup 1992, Eng­lish FA Char­ity Shield 1993.


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Af­ter fi­nally hanging up his boots at the ma­ture age of 37, Paul Par­ker ma­naged fir­st Chelms­ford City and then Welling Uni­ted. He la­ter wor­ked as a pun­dit on ESPN Star Sports, As­tro Su­per­S­port in Malay­sia, Mio Sta­dium, Chan­nel News Asia in Singa­pore, and Sky Sports News, as well as MUTV.


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