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Paul Harrison (footballer, born 1984)

Paul Anthony Harrison (born 18 December 1984 in Liverpool) is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. He is currently with Welsh side The New Saints.

Paul Harrison
Personal information
Full name Paul Anthony Harrison
Date of birth (1984-12-18) 18 December 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
The New Saints
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Liverpool 0 (0)
2005Leeds United (loan) 0 (0)
2005–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
2006 Chester City 4 (0)
2006 Hereford United 1 (0)
2006–2007 Southport 19 (0)
2007– The New Saints 346 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:47, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

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CareerEdit

He attended Liverpool's youth academy but never made a first team appearance despite appearing on the bench on several occasions. He was loaned to Leeds United midway through the 2004–05 season as part of the Scott Carson transfer who went in the opposite direction, however Harrison did not make a first team appearance. He was released by Liverpool at the end of that season and had a short spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers before signing for Chester City (where he had been on trial a few months earlier). In a three-month spell he made four consecutive appearances in the league in March 2006, the highlight being saving a penalty in a local derby with Wrexham. But Harrison was dropped to the bench when regular goalkeeper Chris MacKenzie returned to fitness and he did not play again.

He joined Hereford United on non-contract terms as goalkeeping cover, and came on as a substitute against Stockport County. Soon after, he left Edgar Street after the Bulls signed another goalkeeper.

He had found himself at Southport as understudy to Ryan Robinson, following the departure of long-serving Steve Dickinson. Since loanee Robinson returned to Morecambe, and moved on to Forest Green Rovers, Harrison became the first team goalkeeper at "The Port". However, he was released by the club in May 2007.

He joined The New Saints in 2007 after regular TNS keeper Gerard Doherty was injured ahead of their Champions League match against FK Ventspils.

Paul comes from a family of devoted Liverpool supporters. His father Gary and uncle Steven died in the Hillsborough disaster[1] when Paul was four years old and his older sister Claire was aged eight.[2]

On 14 May 2009, Harrison played for the Liverpool Legends in the Hillsborough Memorial Match at Anfield.

The New SaintsEdit

He joined The New Saints in 2007 after regular TNS keeper Gerard Doherty was injured ahead of their Champions League match against FK Ventspils. He signed a new contract with TNS in May 2012.[3]

He is considered as a The New Saints legend and currently holds the record for most the consecutive Welsh Premier League starts with 190+ Dating back to 2007, and he is still going strong. He has won 14 trophies with New Saints including six Welsh Premier League titles and the Welsh Cup four times.

HonoursEdit

New Saints[4]
  • Welsh Premier League: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–2017, 2017–18
  • Welsh Cup: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Welsh League Cup: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Day, Elizabeth (16 May 2004). "Hillsborough victim's son lines up for Liverpool". telegraph.co.uk. London. Retrieved 11 April 2009.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Fraughan makes Park Hall move permanent". The New Saints. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Paul Harrison at Soccerway. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Dream team 2012/13". welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 5 June 2018.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Dream team 2013/14". welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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