Sunday, 20 February 2011
289 Paul Ware
Position : Midfield (also played at right back)
Played : 2000-01 to 2001-02
Appearances : 38
Goals : 2
Unfortunately not all of Parkin's summer signings were of the same calibre as Lee Todd and in a couple of cases an old pal's act came into play. Paul was an ex-team mate of Parkin's at Stoke for whom he made his debut in November 1988. He was well-regarded by the fans as a lively midfielder on the fringes of the first team but after 115 appearances and 10 goals manager Joe Jordan sold him to Stockport for £10,000 in November 1994. Paul played 55 games for County but fell out of favour and played little part in their promotion to the First Division going on loan to Cardiff in January 1997. Released that summer he dropped out of the League and played for Hednesford for two seasons before Macclesfield signed him in May 1999. He made 18 appearances for them, half of them as a sub but went on loan to Nuneaton in December and was released again in the summer.
Parkin declared at the Fans' Forum that he'd always been under-rated. Paul then went on to show why people didn't rate him. When I asked a Stockport fan at work for an opinion he didn't even remember him. He was OK-ish the first couple of games but soon revealed himself to be a sluggish ball-watcher and was dropped very quickly. Both his goals were scored coming off the bench. He filled in at right back away at Southend and had a nightmare, giving away two goals.
By the start of 2001/02 he was out of the first team picture and seemed content to pootle along in the reserves. He got a handful of chances after Gary Jones departed but wasn't any better. His last appearance was the most significant as it was his going off injured that turned the tide in our 5-4 victory over York.
Paul was released in the summer of 2002 and had the cheek to go on TV presenting himself as a victim of the ITV Digital collapse. No mention of the fact that he was absolutely crap of course ! He returned to Hednesford Town but soon quit to pursue a career in finance. He is now an independent financial adviser.