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Paul Friar

Full name: John Paul Friar
Birthdate: 06.06.1963
Birthplace: Govan, Glasgow
Position: Left-back
Joined from: Celtic
Nationality: Scotland
First game: Leeds United, 17.01.1981
Last game: Barnsley, 28.12.1982
Games: 66 (64 starts + 2 subs)
Goals: 0
Player Profile

The full-back arrived at City as a bit of a hot prospect in June 1980. Born in Glasgow, he'd played his youth football with Woodhill Boys Club and Celtic Boys Club before turning pro with the Foxes.

He was signed by Jock Wallace to plug a problem position at left-back for the Foxes. Typically, the Scot was a tough tackler, even at a young age, and didn't have a problem coming up against a stronger and more experienced opposition.

He spent three good years at the club, amassing over 60 appearances, but he'd never made that left-back role his own, with two or three other players always knocking on the door. Eventually, he lost his place to Bobby Smith midway through the 1983 season and dropped down a level with Rotherham in search of more regular first-team action.

Friar was to go on and play for a number of clubs, including a loan spell back north of the border and a permanent switch to Charlton Athletic. Further moves around non-league football in England followed, and a brief stint in Iceland, before he brought his career to a close back in his homeland.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1980-81Division One (old)15-1-------16-
1980_515_
1981-82Division Two (old)23-5-------28-
1981_515_
1982-83Division Two (old)20---2-----22-
1982_515_
Total58-6-2-----66 -
_515_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 17.01.1981 0 - 1 Leeds United (H) Division One (old)
2 28.01.1981 1 - 3 Exeter City (A) FA Cup 4 rep
3 31.01.1981 2 - 1 Liverpool (A) Division One (old)
4 07.02.1981 1 - 0 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
5 14.02.1981 0 - 1 Sunderland (A) Division One (old)
6 21.02.1981 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
7 28.02.1981 1 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old)
8 07.03.1981 1 - 0 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
9 14.03.1981 1 - 4 Coventry City (A) Division One (old)
10 21.03.1981 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Division One (old)
11 28.03.1981 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
12 31.03.1981 3 - 3 Manchester City (A) Division One (old)
13 04.04.1981 2 - 4 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old)
14 18.04.1981 2 - 2 Southampton (H) Division One (old)
15 20.04.1981 1 - 2 Brighton & Hove Albion (A) Division One (old)
16 25.04.1981 1 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
17 02.01.1982 3 - 1 Southampton (H) FA Cup 3
18 23.01.1982 1 - 0 Hereford United (A) FA Cup 4
19 30.01.1982 1 - 2 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old)
20 06.02.1982 2 - 1 Derby County (H) Division Two (old)
21 13.02.1982 2 - 0 Watford (H) FA Cup 5
22 20.02.1982 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
23 27.02.1982 1 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
24 02.03.1982 3 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old)
25 06.03.1982 5 - 2 Shrewsbury Town (H) FA Cup 6
26 09.03.1982 1 - 4 Chelsea (A) Division Two (old)
27 13.03.1982 3 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old)
28 17.03.1982 1 - 0 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old)
29 20.03.1982 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
30 23.03.1982 2 - 0 Crystal Palace (A) Division Two (old)
31 27.03.1982 3 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
32 30.03.1982 1 - 1 Shrewsbury Town (A) Division Two (old)
33 03.04.1982 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (N) FA Cup sf
34 10.04.1982 0 - 0 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
35 13.04.1982 2 - 1 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
36 17.04.1982 3 - 1 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old)
37 20.04.1982 0 - 0 Wrexham (A) Division Two (old)
38 24.04.1982 2 - 1 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old)
39 01.05.1982 1 - 4 Norwich City (H) Division Two (old)
40 04.05.1982 2 - 0 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
41 08.05.1982 1 - 3 Watford (A) Division Two (old)
42 12.05.1982 1 - 2 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
43 15.05.1982 0 - 0 Shrewsbury Town (H) Division Two (old)
44 18.05.1982 0 - 3 Leyton Orient (A) Division Two (old)
45 28.08.1982 1 - 2 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
46 31.08.1982 3 - 1 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old)
47 04.09.1982 1 - 1 Chelsea (A) Division Two (old)
48 08.09.1982 0 - 1 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old)
49 11.09.1982 6 - 0 Carlisle United (H) Division Two (old)
50 18.09.1982 1 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
51 25.09.1982 0 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old)
52 02.10.1982 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Town (A) Division Two (old)
53 06.10.1982 0 - 2 Lincoln City (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
54 09.10.1982 2 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
55 16.10.1982 3 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
56 23.10.1982 4 - 0 Derby County (A) Division Two (old)
57 27.10.1982 0 - 1 Lincoln City (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
58 30.10.1982 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old)
59 06.11.1982 1 - 3 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old)
60 13.11.1982 2 - 2 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old)
61 20.11.1982 0 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Division Two (old)
62 27.11.1982 1 - 3 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
63 04.12.1982 2 - 0 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
64 18.12.1982 2 - 1 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
65 27.12.1982 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old)
66 28.12.1982 1 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Celtic Youth 1979
OUT  Rotherham United Unknown February 1983
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