Paul Walsh

Paul Walsh

3 stars

  • Great Career At Liverpool

Paul Walsh was born on 1 October 1962 in Plumstead, London.Paul began his career at Charlton Athletic and quickly established himself to the extent of a transfer to Luton Town who at that time were in English football’s top flight.In 1984, he won the PFA Young Player of The Year Award award and Liverpool subsequently purchased him for £700,000.

As Ian Rush was injured at the start of his first season, Walsh was expected to slot in alongside former Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, and, during his debut for The Reds against The Hammers he duely sored within seconds of being on the pitch.

As Liverpool’s campaign to defend the European Cup gathered pace, Walsh scored crucial goals in latter stages of the competition, including two in the quarter finals against Austria Vienna, missing out on a hat trick when the opposing keeper saved his penalty. Liverpool made the final and Walsh was selected by manager Joe Fagan to start the game, but the tragic European Cup Final at The Heysel Stadium put his joy into perspective, and Liverpool ultimately lost the match.

The following season, Walsh was cursed with poor luck, suffering niggling injuries and thereby necessitating Dalglish’s appearance in the side more than the now player-manager would have possibly preferred. An ankle injury suffered in February 1986 put paid to Walsh’s season as Liverpool went on to win the League and FA Cup “double”. Walsh however did play enough games for a title medal but missed the FA Cup final victory over the arch enemy Everton.

Dalglish scaled down his playing career the following year, and Walsh got more of a look-in after recovering from another injury which had ruled him out of the opening 12 games. He played in the 87 LC final defeat to Arsenal and Walsh was dropped afterwards. A trophyless season meant that Dalglish spent big on new players to revive Liverpool’s fortunes, and Walsh suffered as a result.

Liverpool waltzed to the League title and Walsh left Anfield and joined Spurs, beginning a spell of productive but short-lived spells at clubs. His journeyman career later took in periods at QPR, Portsmouth (twice) and Man City. In 1996 after suffering a severe knee injury he finished his career.

Walsh has since worked in the media, providing studio-based match analysis for both ITV and Sky Sports.