Paull Abbott

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Paull Abbott

Appearances: 28+12 Goals: 2

Date / Year of birth: 24th January 1983

Position: Midfielder

Season of first appearance: 2003/04

Season of last appearance: 2006/07

Also played for: Carshalton Athletic, Molesey, Dorking, Arlesey Town, Stevenage Borough, Harlow Town, Chesham United, Enfield, Aberystwyth Town (Wales), Hitchin Town, Braintree Town, Erith & Belvedere, Heybridge Swifts, Billericay Town, Boreham Wood, Dulwich Hamlet, Cheshunt, Haringey Borough, Ware, Bracknell Town and Maldon & Tiptree

Energetic 6' 0" tall midfielder born in Camden, London who started his career with Carshalton. Paull made his debut for the Surrey club in September 1998 aged only 15 but it was his only first team appearance during the 1998/99 campaign. He played once more for Carshalton during the early part of 1999/00 before moving on to Molesey later in the season.

Paull started the 2000/01 campaign with Dorking and after making a handful of appearances for them he joined Arlesey where he scored twice in five Isthmian League outings.

Towards the end of 2000/01 Paull linked up with Stevenage and made his senior debut in a home game against Hednesford on 2.4.01. He went on to make seven appearances (five as sub) before the end of the season.

In August 2001 Paull was loaned to Harlow where he scored once in five Isthmian League appearances (two as sub) and after a brief return to Stevenage he was sent out on loan again in October 2001, this time to his old club Arlesey. He played nine Isthmian League games there (three as sub).

In January 2002 Paull signed for Chesham after being released by Stevenage but only made three appearances (two as sub) for them before joining Enfield in April 2002. He had one first team outing for Enfield before the end of the 2001/02 campaign.

In the summer of 2002 Paull joined Welsh club Aberystwyth and he played regularly for them in the Welsh Premier League during the first half of the 2002/03 season. In October 2002 he scored with a stunning 40 yard strike in a 3-0 home win over Flexsys Cefn Druids. He made a total of 32 appearances and scored three times before joining Dorking for a second spell early in 2003.

Paull played 25 times without scoring in the Isthmian League for Dorking before the end of the 2002/03 campaign.

In July 2003 Paull joined Margate on trial and in its report on the first friendly of the summer - a 2-1 defeat at Folkestone on 19.7.03 - the Thanet Times said he was "a very promising player". Paull was soon signed officially and made his debut when he came on as a substitute in a 2-1 win at Forest Green in the Conference on 30.8.03. He also came off the bench in Margate's next game - a 2-1 defeat against Chester at Dover on 6.9.03 - but didn't feature again after that.

In October 2003 Paull joined Hitchin on loan and made his debut for the Isthmian League club on 18.10.03 in a 3-0 win at Sutton. His last outing for Hitchin came in a 2-0 home win over Maidenhead on 15.11.03 and after making a total of six appearances without scoring he returned to Margate.

On 14.12.03 Paull came on in a 2-0 defeat against Shrewsbury at Dover and he made two further sub appearances in January 2004. The second of them was in a 2-0 win over Dorchester in an FA Trophy replay at Ashford on 20.1.04 and in February 2004 he was sent out on loan again, this time to Braintree of the Isthmian Premier League.

On 28.2.04 Paull was sent off after coming on as sub for Braintree in a game against Harrow and he ended his loan spell having made four appearances (two as sub) without scoring for the Essex club.

His next game for Margate was as a substitute in a 3-1 win at Dover in a Kent Senior Cup tie on 23.3.04 and Paull then featured as a sub in the following three matches. His last outing came in a 3-2 win over Tamworth at Dover on 10.4.04 and Paull then sat out Margate's last four games of the 2003/04 season. He'd made a total of nine appearances, all of them as a substitute.

In the summer of 2004 Paull was released and after playing in friendlies for St.Albans he ended up joining Southern League club Erith & Belvedere for the start of the 2004/05 campaign. On 5.2.05 he was sent off in a 1-1 home draw with Dartford and later that month Paull moved on to Heybridge. He'd played 30 times for the Deres (twice as sub) and scored three times for them.

Paull went on to make 11 Isthmian League appearances (two as sub) for Heybridge during the remainder of the 2004/05 campaign and scored once. He then scored twice from 40 league appearances (12 as sub) during 2005/06 before rejoining Margate on a one-year deal in May 2006, shortly after the end of the season.

Paull became Margate player-manager Robin Trott's first signing for the club and Trott told the KM Extra newspaper "I have known Paull for a while, he is raw, fearless, has a good first touch, and can play wide on the right or left."

On 22.7.06 Paull scored twice in a 5-2 win over Fisher in a friendly at Hartsdown Park and on the eve of the 2006/07 season Robin Trott told the Isle of Thanet Gazette that Paull "Sometimes doesn't realise his own ability and can think about the game too much. He's fast, runs at players and is terrible to mark on his day. Can play left or right and he'll score goals getting in the box as the third man."

Paull made the first competitive appearance of his second spell with Margate in a 5-2 win at Worthing on 19.8.06 - the opening day of the new Isthmian League Premier Division campaign. He wore the number eight shirt and enjoyed a good run in the side after that, usually playing on the right-hand side of midfield. On 2.9.06 Paull scored his first goal in a 3-0 home win over Chelmsford and he'd started 13 of Margate's first 14 games before missing two matches in October 2006.

Paull returned to the side as a substitute in a 3-1 win at Wivenhoe in the FA Trophy on 21.10.06 and then started the next four games before dropping to the bench after a 2-0 win over Hampton & Richmond at Hartsdown Park on 11.11.06. He was back in the starting line-up for a match at Tonbridge on 25.11.06 and Paull scored with what the Thanet Times said was a "freak 45-yarder" from way out on the right wing in a 2-1 win. The paper said "his whack forward got caught up by the wind and totally caught out Angels keeper Kerr as it sailed over his head. He got fingertips to it but could only help it in". The Times said it had been an "impressive return to the starting X1" for Paull and he was a regular in the side again for the next few months.

Ahead of a trip to Horsham on 9.12.06 Robin Trott told the Isle of Thanet Gazette "Abbo's a very laid-back player but he's passionate and has bags of ability. If he put his mind to it he could easily play at a higher level - he could go professional. But he's in this league for a reason and the truth never lies. I back him all the way and so does (assistant manager) Mike Flanagan. He was one of my first signings, I like him, I just need a bit more from him."

In its report on a 2-1 home win over Worthing on 13.1.07 the Thanet Times said Paull "must have stuck in 10 crosses in the first half, given all the freedom of a school team's star player who gets to line up against the fat kid" and in Margate's next two matches he played in the centre of midfield.

On 6.2.07 Paull was sent off for elbowing an opponent 67 minutes into a 1-0 win over Carshalton at Hartsdown Park and after featuring in a 2-1 defeat in the return game at Carshalton on 17.2.07 he missed three matches due to suspension. A hernia then ruled Paull out for several weeks and he ended up not playing again for the rest of the season.

He was released in May 2007 after scoring twice from 31 outings (three as sub) and Robin Trott told the Thanet Times "I'm still a fan of Abbo but he's not shown his full potential here. He's got the ability to play in the Championship but something is stopping him and I don't know what it is. He had some very good games for us but how many average games did he have when what I'm looking for is 100 per cent in every game ? He needs full-time football and I want him to go on because he can be a great player."

Paull joined Billericay for the 2007/08 campaign and scored twice from 14 appearances (one as sub) in the Isthmian League Premier Division before moving on to Boreham Wood in December 2007.

He scored on his debut for Boreham Wood as they lost 4-2 at Staines in the Isthmian League Premier Division on 8.12.07 and Paull was also on target in a 2-1 home defeat against Hendon on 26.12.07 but in January 2008 he was released having only played six times.

Paull finished the 2007/08 season at Dulwich but only featured once for them in the Isthmian League Division 1 South.

He started the 2008/09 campaign with Cheshunt of the Isthmian League Division 1 North but Paull left the club during September 2008 after only making three appearances.

After a few months out of football he joined Spartan South Midlands League outfit Haringey in January 2009 and Paull spent the remainder of 2008/09 there.

In the summer of 2009 Paull returned to the Isthmian League when he signed for Ware and he scored once from five Division 1 North outings (one as sub) before joining Bracknell a few weeks into the season.

Paull spent the rest of the 2009/10 campaign with Bracknell as they were relegated from the Southern League South & West Division.

He linked up with Isthmian League Division 1 North club Maldon & Tiptree for the start of the 2010/11 season and their squad included former Margate players Jack Haverson and Dean Standen. Paull made 12 league appearances (six as sub) without scoring before being released in January 2011.

He didn't play for another senior club during what remained of 2010/11 or during the 2011/12 campaign although by the end of that season Paull was still only 29.

He worked as a banker in London during his time with Margate.









2003/04 (MFC)

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2006/07 (MFC)

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