Left sided midfielder Paul Waites came through the Hull City Youth Training Scheme during the mid 1980s and showed his versatility in the reserves by playing in a range of defensive and midfield positions. A self-confessed lively character, Waites’ ability to play football was not always matched by his ability to train and keep out of trouble, though he credited City coach Tom Wilson with improving his attitude.
City manager Stan Ternent gave Paul a first team debut in the penultimate match of the 1989/90 season and after being entrusted to spend the summer training in New Zealand as part of the club’s exchange visit arrangements, Ternent turned to Waites again in November 1990 as the Tigers struggled at the foot of the Division Two table. Waites started eight consecutive games and scored his only City goal in a 1-3 Associate Members’ Cup defeat at Middlesbrough. When Ternent was sacked and Terry Dolan took over during the early weeks of 1991, Waites was taken out of the first team but returned for three starts in April. Alas the season finished in relegation to the third tier and Waites was not given any first team action by Dolan during the 1991/92 season, instead he was loaned to West Yorkshire non-league side Guiseley and left the club in the 1992 close season.
Waites’ spell at North Ferriby was interspersed with a year in Australia playing for North Perth Croatians. He then tried his hand at Rugby League before returning to non-league football at the end of the 1990s.
Date/Place of Birth: 24 January 1971, Hull
Hull City First Game: 1 May 1990, Ipswich Town H (Division Two), 19 years, 97 days old
Hull City Final Game: 27 April 1991, Brighton & Hove Albion H (Division Two), 20 years, 93 days old
Hull City (1987-1992), Guiseley (1991, loan), North Ferriby United (1992-1993), North Perth Croatians (1993-1994), North Ferriby United (1994), Hall Road Rangers (1996-1997), Brigg Town (1997-1999), North Ferriby United
Hull City Record
Career: 13 apps, 1 goalsPaul Waites
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