Paul Heald Goalkeeping coach 2005-


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Paul was born on 20 September 1968 in Wath-on-Dearne, South Yorkshire. He started his football career as a goalkeeper at Sheffield United in 1987 and moved on to Leyton Orient and also spent loan spells at Coventry, Crystal Palace and newly-promoted Swindon Town.

In 1995 he joined Premier League side Wimbledon for a £125,000 fee, and he acted mainly as backup for first Hans Segers and then Neil Sullivan. In his first season there he was the unlucky keeper who was unable to stop Leeds striker Tony Yeboah's thunderbolt in September 1995, which won the Goal of the Season award.

He played a total of 38 league games for Wimbledon, staying with the club when it relocated to Milton Keynes, and remained with MK Dons as keeper on its formation in 2004 until his retirement from playing the next year.

Since then Paul has been the club’s goalkeeping coach, passing his skills and expertise on to younger players as they make their mark in league football.