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Paul Mortimer

Personal information
Full namePaul Henry Mortimer
Height1.52 m (5 ft in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Paul Henry Mortimer (born 8 May 1968) is a former English footballer.

Born in Kensington, London, Mortimer tended to play in midfield, though he was known to play in defence at times. He started his career with non-league side Farnborough Town in 1986. A year, he joined First Division side Charlton Athletic. He became a regular first teamer with the Addicks, but after they were relegated in 1990 he moved onto Aston Villa the following year. After failing to establish himself at Villa Park under Ron Atkinson, Mortimer returned to South London with Crystal Palace.

A number of injury problems, mainly hamstring, meant he did not play many games for Crystal Palace. After less than three years he was transferred back to Charlton Athletic, alongside David Whyte in exchange for Darren Pitcher. Under the management of former team-mate Alan Curbishley, Mortimer often played excepetionally well in the autumnal sun but then suffer hamstring and back injuries. At the start of the successful promotion winning 97-98 season, against Bradford City he scored a spectacular goal where he turned his full back inside out before an exquisite shot to the bottom right of the goal. In this game Charlton won 4-1, and it was a performance full of verve and vigour that hailed of things to come that season. After helping the club into the Premier League in 1998, he again played in the country's top-flight missing a crucial penalty against Leeds United towards the end of the season. He left the following year, moving to lower league side Bristol City where he ended his career in 2001.

Mortimer has since returned to the club he spent the best years of his career, Charlton Athletic; he now coaches the club's women's team.

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