Paul Atkins, from the
Easton College, played for Norwich's Under-19s in November 2003.
It was hoped that the young striker would be eligibe for Norwich's
FA Youth Cup campaign but he had already played for Dereham in
the same campaign. He played again in the 2-1 win over
Crystal Palace on 13th December 2003.
Paul trialled for Cambridge United's reserves and youth team
in February 2004. He played again for them during the 2005 pre-season
and was rewarded with a one year professional contract.
Having made 8 appearances for United in the Conference, Kings
Lynn admitted watching Paul in February 2006 with a view to signing
Paul as a replacement for Danny Bloomfield.
Instead Paul returned to Norwich on 9th February to join Norwich
United on loan. He has since returned to the Abbey Stadium but
was released by Rob Newman at the beginning of April along with
three other youngsters. Along with Nick Robbins, also released
by Cambridge, Paul signed for Norwich United the following day.
On 19th April 2006, he was in their side that narrowly lost the
Norfolk Senior Cup final 1-0 to Robert
Taylor's Dereham on 19th April 2006.
Kings Lynn manager Tommy Taylor revealed in June 2006 that Paul
had been invited to spend pre-season training with the Linnets.
Impressing, he signed Southern League forms with the Linnets at
the end of June.
Paul returned to the Ridgeons League in September 2006 signing for
Haverhill. Soon after, he switched to Dereham. He moved to Ridgeons
League champions Wroxham on 13th June 2007. He returned to Norwich
United signing for them in the first half of September 2007. After
spending a year with Dereham, Paul returned to Norwich United in
late October 2009, with Kenny Reeves
heading the other way.
In the summer of 2011, Paul joined Anglian Combination side Sherringham
whose intention is to push for a place in the Ridgeons League