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PAUL CONNOLLY

Born: 29 September 1983

Came from: Trainee   Went to: Derby County

First game: 05 May 2001   Last game: 19 April 2008

Appearances: 177 (171/6)   Goals: 1

Liverpool-born Connolly came through the youth ranks at Home Park and early in his career had a spell on loan at non-league Bideford. He shared the right-back role with David Worrell and Anthony Barness for a few seasons after breaking into the first-team squad, but eventually made the position his own. Connolly's only goal came in his 136th game and final season for the club, a 3-0 win over Norwich, when teammates and home fans joined him in joyous celebration. He chose to see out his Argyle contract that season in order to leave on a free transfer, joining Derby County in May 2008.

Connolly spent three seasons with the Rams in the Championship, interrupted by a loan spell with Sheffield United. 'Shelley' then agreed a three-year deal with fellow Championship side Leeds United in June 2010, but was transfer listed by Neil Warnock at the end of the 201112 season and went out on a one-month loan to Portsmouth in August 2012 and then to Preston North End in early 2013 until the end of the season. With his Leeds contract at an end, in September 2013 Connolly signed for another Championship side, Millwall, on a short-term deal until the end of the year.

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From Steve Dean in Plymouth on 18/11/2013 ...

Shelley's one and only goal was quite an event. You can hear Sparksy's commentary by going to the GoS home page, then choose 2007-2008 under the Recent Seasons heading, then scroll down and click on the folder icon for game 16, then click on the second microphone.

From Adam Cannan in Plymouth on 19/10/2014 ...

Paul said in a recent interview that he received a call from Paul Sturrock to come down for a trial game so he could have a look at him. This was initially verbally and I'm sure awkwardly turned down by Shelley due to funds for the rail fare. A couple of days passed and Shelley received a paid ticket to Plymouth from Paul Sturrock who was obviously keen on having a closer look at the young scouser.

After being picked up by McCormick at Plymouth station he was thrust into a game at Home Park and fittingly offered a two year deal. ...  More

APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

The details below reflect appearances in all first-team competitions.

We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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