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Paul Dickov
Personal information
Full name Paul Dickov
Date of birth 1 November 1972 (1972-11-01) (age 37)
Place of birth Livingston, Scotland
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Leeds United
Number 7
Youth career
1989–1990 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Arsenal 22 (4)
1993 Luton Town (loan) 15 (1)
1994 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 8 (5)
1996–2002 Manchester City 158 (35)
2002–2004 Leicester City 89 (37)
2004–2006 Blackburn Rovers 50 (14)
2006–2008 Manchester City 16 (0)
2007 Crystal Palace (loan) 9 (0)
2008 Blackpool (loan) 11 (6)
2008–2010 Leicester City 21 (2)
2009 Derby County (loan) 16 (2)
2010- Leeds United 2 (0)
National team
Scotland U21 4 (0)
2000–2004 Scotland 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:56, 10 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:47, 26 June 2008 (UTC)

Paul Dickov[1] (born 1 November 1972, in Livingston) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Leeds United.

Dickov started his career with Arsenal, where he won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1994, but was never a first team regular and in 1996 he moved to Manchester City, who were then in Division One. Over six seasons at the club, Dickov experienced two promotions and two relegations, playing in three different divisions. Dickov left in 2002 to join Leicester City, where he stayed for two seasons and, in 2004, he signed for Blackburn Rovers, and was part of the team which qualified for the UEFA Cup in 2005–06. Upon the expiry of his Blackburn contract in 2006, he rejoined Manchester City.

In 2000, he made his debut for the Scotland national team against San Marino. In total he has represented his country ten times, scoring one goal.


Club career

Manchester City

Dickov joined Manchester City on 22 August 1996 in a transfer valued between £750,000 and £1 million,[2][3] the final signing of Alan Ball's Manchester City management. He made his debut as a substitute against Stoke City on 24 August,[4] a 2–1 defeat which was Ball's final match. Dickov made his first Manchester City start in the next match, in a 2–1 win over Charlton Athletic.[5] Dickov joined the club in a period of turmoil; in his first season at Manchester City he played under five different managers (three full-time appointments and two caretakers). A regular starter under Asa Hartford, Steve Coppell and Phil Neal, he played less frequently under Frank Clark, and finished the season with five goals from 25 League starts. At the start of the 1997–98 season, Dickov did not feature in the first team, but was restored to the starting line-up following injuries to Uwe Rösler and Lee Bradbury. Dickov finished the season as the City's top scorer with nine goals, but the club were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in their history after finishing in 22nd place.

Dickov played a supporting role in a striking partnership with Shaun Goater in the 1998–99 season, scoring 16 goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick against Lincoln City. The sixteenth goal was particularly crucial, an injury time equaliser in the final of the promotion playoffs against Gillingham. Dickov's 95th minute goal took the game to extra time, and the Manchester team ultimately won to earn promotion to the First Division. This goal, scored past Vince Bartram, the best man at Dickov's wedding,[6] was voted City’s Greatest Ever Goal in a 2005 poll conducted by Manchester City.[7]

Dickov retained his place in the first team at the start of the 1999–2000 season. He started each of the first fifteen League games, despite suffering a facial injury on 26 September 1999 in which he lost a tooth.[8] The run of starting appearances came to an end on 27 October, when he damaged knee ligaments in a match against Ipswich Town.[8] During the subsequent absence, Manchester City signed Robert Taylor, and most of Dickov's appearances in the second half of the season were as a substitute. One of these substitute appearances was the final match of the season, a 4–1 win at Blackburn. Dickov scored the third Manchester City goal as City clinched promotion to the Premier League.

When Manchester City returned to the Premier League for the 2000–01 season, it appeared that Dickov's chances of playing would be limited as City signed former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah and Costa Rican international Paulo Wanchope. However, Dickov earned a place in the team, his performances attracting the attention of the then Scotland national football team manager Craig Brown, who called him up to the Scotland squad for the first time.

City were relegated back into the First Division for the 2001–02 season and Kevin Keegan replaced Joe Royle as manager. Dickov found his first team opportunities at the club limited especially as the team had other strikers such as Paulo Wanchope, Shaun Goater and Darren Huckerby. Having fallen out of favour, on 22 February 2002 he moved to Leicester City for £150,000.[2]

Leicester City

Dickov's Leicester debut came in a 3–0 defeat against Derby County.[9] His first goals for Leicester came in his sixth appearance, when he scored both Leicester goals in a 2–1 victory against Blackburn Rovers, the club's first win for four months.[10] However, Dickov only scored two more goals that season. Leicester finished bottom and were relegated.

He scored a career-high of 20 goals in the 2002–03 season as Leicester made an immediate return to the top flight, finishing runners-up in Division One behind Portsmouth.[9]

He managed to score 13 goals in the 2003–04 season. Leicester were subsequently relegated to the First Division and Dickov moved to Blackburn Rovers, declining an offer of an improved contract from Leicester[11] and exercising a contractual clause which allowed him to join a Premier League club for a nominal fee.[12]

Blackburn Rovers

Dickov debuted for Blackburn Rovers as a half-time substitute against West Bromwich Albion on 14 August 2004.[13] He scored his first goal for the club in the following match, a 3–2 defeat to Southampton. Dickov was involved in the majority of matches in the 2004–05 season, until a knee injury caused him to miss the last few weeks of the season. He finished the season with ten league goals. In 2005–06, Dickov found it hard to retain a regular place in the side, with manager Mark Hughes having signed forwards Craig Bellamy and Shefki Kuqi during the summer. A red card against West Ham[14] caused him to miss most of the first month of the season. He had a run of first team games in the autumn but starting appearances became fewer as the season progressed. He left the club in the summer of 2006 following the expiry of his contract.[15]

Return to Manchester City

Dickov re-joined Manchester City on 26 May 2006, signing a two-year contract.[16] He came on as a substitute in City's first game of the 2006–07 season against Chelsea, a 3–0 defeat. He then started the next three matches, including a 1–0 win over his former club Arsenal.

Dickov suffered several injuries over the course of the season, including a back problem,[17] a knee injury and a toe injury,[18] the latter sidelining him for four months. Dickov made nine starts and seven substitute appearances in 2006–07, but failed to score a single goal. In May 2007 he announced his interest in pursuing a coaching role when he retires.[19] He was transfer listed by Manchester City in August.[20] He joined Crystal Palace on a three-month loan on 31 August 2007. He played his first game for the Eagles in a friendly against Crystal Palace Baltimore, Crystal Palace's American counterparts, on Friday 7 September, playing the full 90 minutes.

Blackpool loan

On 31 January 2008, Dickov joined Blackpool managed by Simon Grayson on loan until May.[21][22] Two days later he scored on his debut for Blackpool, what proved to be the winning goal in the Seasiders' 2–1 victory against Leicester City, one of his former clubs, at Bloomfield Road. He had come on as a 70th-minute substitute and scored the winning goal in the 89th minute.[23] It was his first goal since 2 January 2006. He went on to score five goals in his first five appearances for the club,[24] and on March 4 he was named as the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA)'s Fans Championship Player of the Month for February.[25][26] By the end of his loan, Dickov had scored six goals in eleven appearances. He returned to Manchester City after his loan before then being released at the end of the season.[27]

Return to Leicester

An initial bid from his former club Leicester City was rejected a week earlier, and after pondering other offers from Toronto FC and Blackpool, Dickov decided to rejoin Leicester on 7 August 2008, signing a two-year contract.[28] He made his debut in a 2-0 home win over Milton Keynes Dons on 9 August 2008,[29] scoring his first goal in a 3–2 League Cup defeat to Fulham on 27 August.[30] He made a total of 20 league games, scoring 2 goals as Leicester finished the 2008-09 season as League One champions.[31]

Derby County loan

On 28 August 2009, Dickov joined Derby County on loan until January as cover. Due to an injury crisis Dickov found himself playing regularly at Derby, where his dogged style won over the support of the Derby fans.[32] Dickov scored his first goal for Derby against Queens Park Rangers on 24 October 2009. After his loan spell at Derby ended, Dickov returned to Leicester in January 2010. He was released from his contract by Leicester on 1 February 2010 in order to find a new club.

Leeds United

On March 3 2010 Dickov signed for Leeds United until the end of the season. It was initially thought that MLS side Toronto had beaten Leeds to Dickov's signature, however United eventually won the race for the Scot. Leeds also had to receive special dispensation from FIFA to sign Dickov due to the fact he had already played for two clubs this season, the maximum permitted. Dickov was named on Leeds' bench against Brentford and made his debut for Leeds when he came on as a late substitute.

International career

Dickov made his international debut on 7 October 2000, coming on as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier against San Marino.[33] He made two further substitute appearances that year, against Croatia and Australia. Limited first-team opportunities at club level then meant Dickov was not selected for international duty for another two years. Good form at Leicester earned him a recall in September 2002. He made his first international start against the Faroe Islands. However, playing out of position on the wing,[34] he was substituted at half-time as the faltering Scotland team drew 2–2 against a nation 62 places lower in the world rankings.[35] In the return fixture a year later, Dickov scored his first international goal in a 3–1 win.[36] His most recent cap came in a 1–0 defeat against Norway in October 2004. In total he has earned ten Scotland caps and has scored one goal.

Style of play

Although he is a striker, Dickov is better known for his tenacity than his goal-scoring exploits. In a 2003 interview with the Independent on Sunday he provided a summary of his playing style: "The ability to battle is one of the main parts of my game. I know my limits. I am not the sort who gets the ball and is then going to beat five or six players and stick it in the top corner from God knows where. But, whether I'm playing well or not, the one thing you will get from me is 110 per cent, upsetting defenders and basically giving them pain."[37] Rio Ferdinand was mentioning his name as the biggest headache to deal with on the pitch. His combative approach resulted in Manchester City manager Joe Royle naming him "The Wasp",[38] and during his time at Leicester he was known as "The Pest".[39]

Personal life

Dickov is married Janet. He has 3 children: Lauren (12), Sam (10) and Max (6)[40] He was arrested in March 2004, along with team-mates Keith Gillespie and Frank Sinclair, on allegations of sexual assault while at a training camp in La Manga, Spain.[41] All three were later cleared when forensic tests showed the allegations were false.[42] Five years after the case, Dickov revealed it to be the "darkest period" of his footballing career.[43]

According to one source, Dickov owes his family name to a Bulgarian grandfather.[44]

Career statistics

(Correct as of 19 September 2008, substitute appearances in brackets)

Club Season League[45] Cup[46] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 1992–93 1 (2) 2 - - 1 (2) 2
1993–94 0 (1) 0 - - 0 (1) 0
1994–95 4 (5) 0 2 (2) 3 6 (7) 3
1995–96 1 (6) 1 - - 1 (6) 1
Manchester City 1996–97 25 (4) 5 3 0 28 (4) 5
1997–98 21 (9) 9 2 (1) 0 23 (10) 9
1998–99 25 (13) 12 5 (3) 3 30 (16) 15
1999–2000 22 (12) 5 3 1 25 (12) 6
2000–01 15 (6) 4 2 (2) 1 17 (8) 5
2001–02 0 (7) 0 0 (1) 1 0 (8) 1
Leicester City 2001–02 11 (1) 4 0 0 11 (1) 4
2002–03 42 17 4 3 46 20
2003–04 28 (7) 11 4 2 32 (7) 13
Blackburn Rovers 2004–05 27 (2) 10 6 1 37 (2) 11
2005–06 17 (4) 4 4 (1) 2 21 (5) 6
Manchester City 2006–07 9 (6) 0 0 (2) 0 9 (8) 0
2007–08 0 0 0 (1) 0 0 (1) 0
Crystal Palace 2007–08 6 (3) 0 0 0 6 (3) 0
Blackpool 2007–08 7 (4) 6 0 0 7 (4) 6
Leicester City 2008–09 4 (16) 2 3 (3) 1 7 (19) 3
2009–10 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
Career totals 265 (108) 92 38 (16) 18 307 (124) 110


Leicester City
Manchester City
  • 1998-99 Division 2 Playoff Final Winners
  • 1999-200 Division 1 Promotion
  • 1994 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Winner.


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  45. ^ includes playoffs
  46. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Robbie Savage
Leicester City Player of the Season
Succeeded by
Les Ferdinand
Preceded by
James Scowcroft
Leicester City Top Goalscorer
2002-03, 2003-04
Succeeded by
David Connolly

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