Hull born left sided striker Paul Fewings was deemed the best of his comtemporaries when he came through the City youth system in the mid 1990s. With the Tigers struggling on the pitch and in the boardroom in equal measure, it was hoped that Fewings would be an important homegrown young star for Terry Dolan to nurture and develop.
Given his debut with two substitute appearances at the end of the 1994/95 season, the 17 year old Fewings was involved in the first team squad for much of the 1995/96 season, either on the subs’ bench or starting in a variety of forward positions. Paul scored his first City goal in a August 1995 4-2 League Cup victory at Carlisle and added further strikes at Burnley in September 1995, against Preston in the Associate Members’ Cup in October 1995 and the winner at York in December 1995. Four goals in his first five months of senior football demonstrated Fewings’ promise, however his form faded as the season wore on and City tumbled towards the foot of the table and relegation. Injury and illness meant he missed several months of football during 1996 and he was rarely chosen for first team action in the 1996/97 season, Dolan’s last in charge.
When Mark Hateley took over the club in the summer of 1997 he initially didn’t choose Fewings, but by September 1997 he was back in the first eleven playing as a left sided wing back. This role lasted until the end of November, when Fewings was dropped to the bench – only started one more game for the Tigers, a 0-2 defeat against Barnet in February 1998.
Fewings left City in the 1998 close season and joined Conference National side Hereford United. In two seasons Fewings continued to struggle to find a regular first team shirt, though he scored 14 goals in his 35 appearances for the Bulls, 12 of those goals coming in the 1999/00 season. He went on to play for a string of lower league clubs before a chronic back injury led to his retirement at the age of 27 in 2005, after which he started a second career as a life assurance adviser in London.
Date/Place of Birth: 18 February 1978, Hull
Hull City First Game: 2 May 1995, Crewe Alexandra A (League Division 2), 17 years, 73 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 February 1998, Barnet H (League Division 3), 20 years, 6 days old
Hull City (1994-1998), Hereford United (1998-2000), Boston United (2000-2001). Kingstonian (2001, loan), Chesham United (2001-2002), Billericay Town (2002-2003), Chesham United (2003), Kettering Town (2003-2004), Cambridge City (2004), Bedford Town (2004-2005)
Hull City Record
Career: 69 apps, 4 goalsPaul Fewings
|1995/96||16 (9)||2||2 (0)||0||3 (1)||1||-||-||0 (1)||1|
|1997/98||13 (5)||0||0 (1)||0||1 (2)||0||-||-||0 (1)||0|