Midfielder Paul Olsson was born in Hull and came through the youth ranks at Hull City in the early 1980s, signing his first professional contract in January 1984. He made his only first team appearance in an Associate Members Cup tie against Sheffield United in May 1984. This fixture came in the midst of City’s promotion push under Colin Appleton and several changes were made to the first eleven that Wednesday night – Olsson’s was amongst the better changes as he scored the winner in a tight 1-0 victory. Within a few weeks Appleton resigned andwas replaced by Brian Horton, a squad rebuilding exercise began, City were elevated to the Second Division and further first team chances for Olsson did not arise. He was loaned to Exeter City in March 1987, where Colin Appleton was now manager, and joined the Grecians on a permanent deal that summer.
Olsson made his league debut for Exeter City against Hereford United in March 1987 and scored the first of his 33 senior career goals on New Years Day 1988 at Newport County. He made 49 appearances for Exeter City in total before returning north to sign for Scarborough in the 1988 close season. In a season and a half Paul scored five times in 64 appearances for the Seadogs before heading up the East Coast to sign for Hartlepool United in December 1989. Olsson was a first team regular at Victoria Ground for four and a half seasons, scoring 15 goals in 206 first team appearances – in 1990/91 Pools won promotion to the Third Division and in 1991/92 Olsson played in all 58 league and cup games, scoring six times. He joined local rivals Darlington in 1994 and spent two seasons at Feethams, scoring 11 goals in 87 matches, before ending his league career in the 1996 close season.
Olsson then embarked on a fifteen year second career in football administration and coaching. He was appointed Football in the Community Officer at York City in February 1997, a role he maintained until the end of 2006. He was also a youth team coach at Hull City during the late 1990s and was assistant manager at North Ferriby United in the mid-2000s under Brian France. He retrained as a gas fitter after his job at York City came to an end and was also involved in the early days of phoenix club Scarborough Athletic, reuniting with Brian France – Olsson joined the coaching staff in 2009 then was elevated to first team manager in September 2010 when France suffered a brain haemorrhage after being struck in the face by a football. Olsson was relieved of the manager’s post at Scarborough Athletic in March 2011, despite a 50% win ratio, and subsequently focused on his work in the gas industry.
Date/Place of Birth: 24 December 1965, Hull
Hull City First Game: 2 May 1984, Sheffield United H (Associate Members Cup Quarter Final), 18 years, 130 days old
Hull City Final Game: 2 May 1984, Sheffield United H (Associate Members Cup Quarter Final), 18 years, 130 days old
Hull City (1983-1987), Exeter City (1987, loan), Exeter City (1987-1988), Scarborough (1988-1989), Hartlepool United (1989-1994), Darlington (1994-1996), North Ferriby United (1996)
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Career: 1 apps, 1 goalsPaul Olsson