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Paul Hart

Position Centre back
Born 04 May 1953, Manchester (England)
Height 187 cm
Weight 80 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Stockport County 01 Sep 1970 01 Jun 1973 87 3 £25000
Blackpool 01 Jun 1973 01 Mar 1978 143 17 £300000
Leeds United 01 Mar 1978 31 May 1983 223 20 £40000
Nottingham Forest 31 May 1983 01 Aug 1985 70 1  
Sheffield Wednesday 01 Aug 1985 01 Dec 1986 52 2  
Birmingham City 01 Dec 1986 01 Jun 1987 1 0 £15000
Notts County 01 Jun 1987 01 Jun 1988 23 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1977 - 1978 12  0  0  0  0 
1978 - 1979 405 21 81 0  0 
1979 - 1980 303 1  2  42 0 
1980 - 1981 384 2  2  0  0 
1981 - 1982 321 2  2  0  0 
1982 - 1983 393 4  3  0  0 
Total 19116 111 171 42 0 

Jabba's Comments

Paul Hart was bought as the replacement for the traitorous Gordon McQueen who had skipped over the Pennines to play for some other team, and the £300,000 that Hart cost Leeds from Blackpool was repaid many times over in the 5 years he was at Elland Road as a player. He didn't get off to the best of starts, with the finger being pointed his way for several defensive cock-ups and OGs, but in the end he clocked up well over 200 games at the centre of the defence, and although he was one of the side that saw the club relegated in 1982, he wasn't the most culpable. An old-fashioned centre-half who could also play in midfield, he lasted for a few years more as a player up to the end of the 1980s.

He had not totally successful spells in management with Notts County (as player-coach) and Chesterfield (as manager), before finding his real niche - as a trainer of young players. He started out at Forest before coming to Leeds and seeing his proteges take the FA Youth Cup Final in 1993 and then again in 1997. Along with Eddie Gray, he was responsible for many of the current crop of stars when they were in the youth side, and his return to Forest to take over their youth setup was a blow to Leeds, although Eddie Gray, Roy Aitken and Brian Kidd look to have another promising crop of young players lined up.

In July 2001, Paul was appointed manager at the City Ground following the departure of David Platt to coach the England U-21 team and after stabilising the team - and the club's finances with the sales of talented young players like Jermaine Jenas and David Prutton - he has got the club into an excellent position to challenge for promotion as the 2002/03 season draws to a close.

Darren Kerry says: Paul Hart took me to Leeds in 1990 as a YTS from Manchester United schoolboys and it was a move that I will always thank him for. And as a Manchaster United fan that is saying a lot.

Mia says: Do you still talk with Darren Kerry? Darren Kerry, if we are talking about the same one is our coach. He's awesome.

Scott Stevens says: I sold Harty boy a old Ford Granada when he was playing for Leeds, i'm pretty sure it was about 1983, he was living on a street called Norman Street.

paul hart says: hello, my name is paul hart. (not related) but i am contacting all the paul harts in the world to form a symposium on world issues... please contact me at paulyhart.com



 

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