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Rover of the Day: Paul Todd

8 May 2020

Paul Todd born on May 8, 1920

Middlesbrough-born Paul had trials with Wolves and Leicester before the Second World War broke out. He joined Rovers in 1945 after serving in the RAF near Doncaster and was made captain by manager Jackie Bestall.

An inside-forward, he was a key member of the team that won the Third Division (North) with then-record points tally of 72. He scored 23 goals, finishing second top-scorer behind Clarrie Jordan, and was involved in creating many of Jordan’s goals.

He was an ever-present when Rovers won the Third North title again in 1949-50 under Peter Doherty, and then moved on to Blackburn Rovers, where he was reunited with Bestall. Later he played for Hull City and was player manager at King’s Lynn.

He died in 2000, aged 80. His record for Rovers was 57 goals in 172 senior games.

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