Paul Egan

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Paul Egan

Appearances: 3 Goals: 0
Clean Sheets: 0

Date / Year of birth: 13th December 1983

Position: Goalkeeper

Season of first appearance: 2005/06

Season of last appearance: 2005/06

Also played for: Folkestone Invicta, Dover Athletic, Hythe Town and Lydd Town

.6' 1" tall goalkeeper who was originally part of Margate's 'Centre of Excellence' squad and played for the club's Under-13's side during the 1996/97 campaign. Paul progressed through the youth ranks and in August 2001 he played for the first team in a pre-season friendly at Deal aged 17.

Later in the 2001/02 campaign Paul joined Folkestone and he made his senior debut for them in a 4-1 defeat at Newport County on 15.4.02.

In March 2003 he moved on to Dover but in the summer of 2003 Paul went back to Folkestone.

In November 2003 he was sent off after clashing with an opponent during a reserve team game against Sevenoaks and Paul made one first team appearance for Folkestone during 2003/04.

By the start of the 2005/06 season he was back at Margate and manager Chris Kinnear told the Isle of Thanet Gazette in August 2005 that Paul was a "good young goalkeeper who is inexperienced but has a lot of potential."

He made his debut in a 3-2 home defeat against Bromley in the Isthmian League Cup on 8.11.05 and Paul's next first team outing came in a 1-1 draw at Maldon in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 7.1.06. The Thanet Times said he "did everything well and was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet". Paul played once more - in a 2-2 draw with Slough at Windsor & Eton on 21.1.06 - but at the end of the season he was released having made three senior appearances.

In the summer of 2006 Paul made a one-off appearance for Gravesend & Northfleet in a friendly against Folkestone and then played in some friendlies for Hythe.

In August 2006 he aggravated an existing back injury in a pre-season game for the Kent League club and Paul then had to have a major operation to resolve a serious disc problem that took six hours to complete. He had to have the lower part of the back of his spine removed and the surgery initially left Paul unable to walk.

In September 2006 the BBC filmed him for their 'Survival' programme about how different people recover from injuries and by then Paul was able to walk using a crutch but by April 2007 he was having to use a wheelchair.

Fortunately Paul eventually recovered sufficiently to resume his football career and in January 2009 he rejoined Folkestone as their back-up keeper. On 10.2.09 Paul played as the first team lost 7-1 in a Kent Senior Cup tie at Welling and it was his first senior appearance for Folkestone since March 2004.

Despite being told by doctors that he shouldn't be playing anymore Paul featured in some of Folkestone's pre-season friendlies in the summer of 2009 but then dropped out of football once again.

In June 2011 he undertook a 71 mile non-stop charity run from Brighton Pier to Hythe and later that summer Paul rejoined Hythe ahead of their first Isthmian League Division 1 South campaign.

After spending the opening months of the 2011/12 season on the subs bench Paul made his debut in a 2-0 defeat at Maidstone on 5.10.11 and then enjoyed a good run in the Hythe side. He'd made a total of 14 first team appearances (two as sub) before announcing his retirement from football in January 2012.

In the summer of 2012 Paul became first team coach at Kent Invicta League club Lydd and by the start of 2013 he was also playing in their first team. He left Lydd at the end of the 2012/13 campaign.

Early in the 2013/14 season Paul signed for Folkestone once again.

In the summer of 2014 he became assistant manager of Southern Counties East Football League outfit Deal's reserve team.

Paul's father Cliff played in goal for clubs including Erith & Belvedere and Folkestone during the 1970's and 1980's and later became heavily involved behind the scenes at Margate. Cliff was Chief Executive Officer at Hartsdown Park during the 2013/14 season.










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