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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
    Season 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

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

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