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Graham Paddon

 

Former Norwich City skipper Graham Paddon died suddenly at his home in Norfolk at the age of 57 on 19 November 2007.

Originally with Coventry City for whom he made five appearances, he was signed by Ron Saunders for 25,000 in October 1969.  The talented midfielder played more than 300 games for Norwich City during two separate spells between 1969 and 1981.  He was a key member of City's 1971-72 promotion-winning side and also played in the 1973 League Cup Final against Tottenham.

Paddon moved to West Ham in 1973 making 150 League and cup appearances and scored 20 goals in his three years at West Ham.  He won the FA Cup in 1975 and reached the European Cup Winners' Cup final the following season.

He then returned to captain the Canaries in 1976 and stayed until 1981, clocking up 143 more appearances and scoring nine goals. In December 1981 he joined Millwall after a spell in the USA with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. After five appearances for Millwall, Paddon moved to Hong Kong playing for Eastern AA, but returned to run a country pub in Norfolk and a leisure centre at South Walsham.

Paddon joined Portsmouth as reserve team coach and youth team supervisor in August 1985. He moved to Stoke City as Assistant manger in December 1989 later becoming caretaker manger. He returned to Fratton Park in May 1991 as Portsmouth's Assistant manger under Jim Smith and was later Reserve Team coach until 1995