Paul Went, English footballer, Died at 67


Paul Went was born on October 12, 1949, and died on January 4, 2017.

He was an English footballer.

Paul had a quick turn of pace.

He played professionally for five clubs over a fifteen-year period.

He was one of that generation who bridged the gap between terminological eras, beginning his career as a centre-half and ending it as a central defender despite playing a similar role throughout.

He was in Bromley-by-Bow on October 12, 1949, Paul played for both England schoolboys and the Under 18 youth side.

When he completed an apprenticeship, in 1966, Paul broke into the Orient first team and became the clubs youngest ever player and played 50 games for the club before being transferred to Charlton in June 1967.

Went spent five years at The Valley before moving to Fulham in the summer of 1972.

Following his first 18 months, Paul was off to Portsmouth, part of new chairman John Deacon’s ambitious new rebuilding program.

The Manager John Mortimore planned a rock-like central partnership between Went and Malcolm Manley, but the former Leicester defender injured his knee in only his 11th game for the Fratton Park club and never played professionally again. Went, by contrast, was voted “Player of the Year” at the end of his first season.

However, the financial crisis piled on crisis manager Ian St John cut the wage bill by selling Went to Cardiff City, his last game being a 4–1 away defeat to Shrewsbury.

After having two eventful years in Wales Went returned to his home town to rejoin his first club.

when his playing career drew to an end Went was appointed Assistant Manager at Brisbane Road, culminating in a twenty-one day reign as full manager.

Paul Went passed away at 67 years old.