Paul Gibbs spen 4 years at Carrow Road as a youngster playing
in the same team as Daryl Sutch. However
Paul did not make the grade and played local football. Whilst
with Diss Town, he became a Norfolk hero scoring the winner n
the FA Vase final at Wembley in 1994. He later joined Colchester
United but was given a free transfer. He joined Torquay scoring
7 goals as they reached the Division Three play-offs. He followed
Torquay manager Kevin Hodges to Plymouth joining the Pilgrims
at the start of the 1998/99 season. Named in the Division's dream
team for the 1998/99 season, Paul suffered a broken thigh and
fibula on the final day of the season which curtailed a move to
Brentford or Leyton Orient. Whilst injured, he will spend more
time with girlfriend Helen Chamberlain who presents Sky Sports'
Soccer Am programme. Paul began playing again for Plymouth's reserves
in March 2000. The tabloid press in April 2000 again linked Paul
with a move to Orient.
On 9th May 2000, Paul was given a free transfer by Plymouth manager
John Hodge. Tabloid suggestions linked Paul with a move to Brentford
although Teamtalk suggested
that Rotherham might try to sign him. In mid May 2000, Paul signed
for Brentford with a contract which will keep him at Griffin Park
until 2003. However Brentford's financial situation in early 2001
saw Paul linked with a move to Division 2 rivals Oxford United.
Grimsby then made an attempt in March 2001 to take Paul to Humberside
on loan but this was rejected by the Brentford board desperately
seeking funds. Once Ijah Anderson recovered from injury in the
summer of 2001, Paul expected to be released on a free transfer
to cut the wage bill. Paul had been linked with Luton, Grimsby,
Colchester, Cardiff and Swindon. No move was made until 14th March
2002 when Paul signed a two year contract for Barnsley on a free
transfer from Brentford.
On October 16th 2003, Paul's contract with Barnsley was terminated,
He was linked with Watford, Bradford and Brentford. The latter
of these he trained with during November 2003 and played for their
reserves against Aldershot. He eventually joined Gravesend and
Northfleet,where he played alongside Adrian
Pennock. Paul later informed me that he had joined Oldham
Athletic on trial. Paul eventually parted company with Gravesend
in mid-January 2004.
At the end of March 2004, Paul signed for Canvey Island. Leaving
them at the end of the season, he trialled for Weymouth at the
beginning of July 2004. Despite competition from Aldershot, Paul
signed a one year deal with Steve Claridge's South Coast outfit
on 27th July 2004.
At the end of January 2005, Paul returned to Norfolk, signing
for Gorleston to add experience to their young side that had recently
made a number of young signings including Ollie
Savage and Andrew Bunn. He is now helping
with coaching at Gorleston.
Paul wrote to me in November 2006 to explain that he had retired
from football and in March 2006 set up his own Recruitment Company
in Great Yarmouth with his sister Sharon called P&S
Personnel Services Ltd.