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For the rugby league footballer of the 1980s for Great Britain, and St Helens RLFC, see Paul Groves
Paul Groves
Personal information
Full name Paul Groves
Date of birth 28 February 1966 (1966-02-28) (age 43)
Place of birth    Derby, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Portsmouth (caretaker manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
19??–19??
198?–1988
1988–1990
1989
1990–1992
1992–1996
1996–1997
1997–2004
2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
Belper Town
Burton Albion
Leicester City
Lincoln City (loan)
Blackpool
Grimsby Town
West Bromwich Albion
Grimsby Town
Scunthorpe United (loan)
York City
Stafford Rangers
00? 0(?)
00? 0(?)
016 0(1)
008 0(1)
107 (21)
184 (38)
029 0(4)
268 (33)
013 0(3)
042 0(3)
00? 0(?)   
Teams managed
2001–2004
2009
Grimsby Town
Portsmouth (caretaker)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Paul Groves (born 28 February 1966) is an English former footballer who captained Grimsby Town and went on to manage the club between 2001 and 2004. He was naturally a central midfield player, but later in his career was used as a central defender. He currently is the assistant first team coach at Portsmouth, and was serving as caretaker manager after the departure of Paul Hart.

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Career

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As player

Born in Derby, Derbyshire, Groves began his career in non-League football, playing for Belper Town and then Burton Albion for whom he appeared at Wembley Stadium for in the 1987 FA Trophy Final. In April 1988 he moved to Leicester City for £12,000. He made 19 appearances for the Foxes, scoring two goals. In 1989 he was loaned out to Lincoln City, playing 10 games and scoring once. In January 1990 Groves signed for Blackpool on a permanent £60,000 deal. He became a regular in the side, making a total of 135 appearances and scoring 29 goals, before joining Grimsby Town for £150,000 in August 1992.

Groves spent two spells as a player at Grimsby, and was very consistent, regularly scoring goals from midfield, in addition to being a good tackler. Indeed, he was top scorer in his first season at the club 1992–93, with 12 goals in 46 matches. He also topped the club's scoring chart in the 1995–96 season with 10 goals in 46 matches and in 1998–99 with 14 goals in 46 matches. He also played every league game in his first (four-season) spell and in his first three seasons after returning from West Bromwich Albion. He joined West Brom for £600,000 in 1996 but returned just over a year later for £250,000. He also spent several seasons as Grimsby captain.

During his time at Grimsby, the club spent all but the 1997–98 season in the First Division. This was the successful play-off promotion and Football League Trophy-winning season, in which Groves captained Grimsby to two Wembley Staium wins (the third of his career) in the space of three weeks and started all 68 games that season. In addition to league success, there were several cup runs in which Grimsby beat FA Premier League opposition including West Ham United, Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday and Liverpool.

In February 2004 Groves joined Scunthorpe United on loan.[1] Whilst there he scored the 100th league goal of his career, scoring twice in a 3-1 win at York City. He was described as "inspirational" by Scunthorpe manager Brian Laws.[2] Groves signed a one-year contract with York in June 2004, having been released a month earlier by Scunthorpe.[3] He brought his 19-year playing career to a close in May 2006 with Stafford Rangers after helping them to promotion to the Conference National. In July 2006, he joined the coaching staff at Portsmouth.[4]

As manager

Groves became player-manager of Grimsby in December 2001 with the club in danger of being relegated from Division One. With several good loan signings, including Andy Todd, he managed to steer the club to safety. The 2002–03 season was not as successful: the club was relegated. A poor 2003–04 season saw Groves sacked as manager in February, but remarkably kept on as a player. He was appointed as caretaker manager at Portsmouth alongside Ian Woan in November 2009 after Paul Hart left the club. [5]

Honours

Blackpool

Grimsby Town

Leicester Masters

  • Central Masters Player of the Tournament: 2005
  • Masters Cup winner: 2005
  • Coventry Masters Golden Boot Winner: 2007
  • Coventry Masters Winners: 2007

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