Midfielder Paul William Wharton was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne but came through the youth team ranks at Leeds United before being released in February 1996. Terry Dolan’s potless and relegation haunted Hull City side were looking for bargains and City snapped up Wharton alongside another ex-Leeds junior Jamie Marks. Wharton was slotted into teh City first team midfield for seven games but his presence was understandably not enough to avoid relegation by the end of the season.
In the 1996/97 season Wharton made only one appearance in October 1996 as injuries kept him out of contention. In the second full year of his contract, the 1997/98 season, Dolan was replaced by Mark Hateley as manager and Wharton did not feature in the former England striker’s plans, going on the transfer list and making a solitary start late in the season at Rochdale. He left the Tigers in the 1998 close season, which drew his senior league career to an early close.
For the next ten years Wharton served in the Yorkshire non-league scene, joined Farsley Celtic in June 1998 and spending nearly three years with the Celts before switching to Bradford Park Avenue in March 2001. In August 2002 he switched to Ossett Town, then a year later he joined Goole AFC, where he played until retirement in 2008. During this time he began to work for his first club Leeds United, for seven years as coach for the youngsters’ team then as coach for feeder club Gipton Juniors. He also worked as a housing officer for Leeds City Council.
Wharton was selected for an FA Youth XI that played an English Schools XI in April 1994, which the bigger boys won 5-0.
Date/Place of Birth: 26 June 1977, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Hull City First Game: 9 March 1996, Bournemouth H (League Division 2), 18 years, 257 days old
Hull City Final Game: 7 February 1998, Rochdale H (League Division 3), 20 years, 226 days old
Leeds United (1993-1996), Hull City (1996-1998), Farsley Celtic (1998-2001), Bradford Park Avenue (2001-2002), Ossett Town (2002-2003), Goole AFC (2003-2008)
Hull City Record
Career: 11 apps, 0 goalsPaul Wharton