STMI Q & A – Paul Musselwhite
Paul Musselwhite is a cult hero with Scunthorpe United, Hull City and Port Vale after a League career spanning 619 games. He then went on to make 57 appearances at Gateshead as they gained promotion from the Northern Premier and Conference North in successive seasons. A 619th League appearance as a sub against Southend would be our former player-coach’s only game for the Imps. Now 43 he is on the verge of a return to the League with York City.
Paul spent the 2-1 play-off win over Luton, on the bench, but he has tasted 6 promotions and a Football League Trophy win in 1992/92 with Port Vale. Vale were then Second Division runners up in 1993/94 as Paul amassed 367 appearances in all competitions before moving to Hull in 2000. In 2004 he saw silverware again with a Third Division Runners up medal. A return to Scunthorpe United in 2004 saw him notch a League 2 runners up medal in his first season.
After 2 years and 82 games Paul, then 37 dropped into the non-league with Eastleigh. Unable to sell his house in Scunthorpe, Martin Foyle signed him as cover for Vale before Harrogate came in for him. Ambitious Gateshead then offered him a deal in January 2008. In 18 months he tasted successive play-off success with a Northern Premier League Premier victory in 2007–08 and the Conference North in 2008/09. This May saw the potential for a return to league action, thanks to York’s 2-1 play-off win over York City.
Paul was a cult hero among Imps, as much for his affable nature as his work behind the scenes coaching Joe Anyon. The song we all wish for a team of Musselwhites, based on the Freddy Flintoff ditty, shows how much he was admired. He would always chat to fans and lift the spirits during a time that saw Jackson and Sutton leave in successive Octobers. Paul stepped in as assistant manager with Scott Lindsay prior to the Tilson appointment and made his debut at 41 when Anyon was injured away at Southend.
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Posted on June 12, 2012, in Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Gateshead FC, Hull City FC, Lincoln City FC, Port Vale FC, Scunthorpe United FC, York City FC. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.