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Rover of the Day: Paul Raven

28 July 2020

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Paul Raven born July 28,

Although born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Paul was educated in Doncaster and joined Rovers as a youth player. He was a member of the Under-18 team that reached the Final of the FA Youth Cup in 1987-88, where Rovers lost to Arsenal.

By then he had already played 19 first-team games, showing commendable maturity at centre-back or full-back in a struggling side. His performances soon attracted suitors, and in March 1989 financially troubled Rovers sold Paul and fellow defender Ronnie Robinson to Second Division West Bromwich Albion for a combined fee of £200,000.

Paul went on to spend eleven seasons at The Hawthorns, broken by a brief loan spell back at Rovers in November 1991.

He then played for Grimsby Town, Carlisle United and Barrow. After playing over 380 League games, Paul remained in football, working for the Professional Footballers’ Association as an Education Executive.

For Rovers, Paul made 68 appearances, scoring four goals.

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