Bet Luton And Chelsea – Paul Elliott
For the third in a series that has actually currently seen Mal Donaghy and Mick Harford covered, I have actually picked to feature Paul Elliott.
Born in March 1964, Paul Marcellus Elliott began his expert profession at a local club, Charlton Athletic.
A cultured defender, Elliott’s efficiencies saw Luton Town sign the gamer in 1983, with the Hatters establishing their squad and keen to maintain their Very first Department status.
Instantly, Elliott’s cultured display screens, at the heart of the Luton defence saw him become a fans favourite.
Nevertheless, his stay at Kenilworth Roadway pertained to an end in 1985 when after simply 66 league appearances he signed up with Aston Villa.
His stay at Villa Park ended in 1987 when he relocated to the Italian club Pisa.
Nevertheless, Elliott was soon to return to the UK and in 1989 he joined Celtic.
Continuing to grow as a footballer and with his credibility boosted, Elliott, in the summertime of 1991 joined Chelsea with the London club paying ₤ 1,400,000 for his services.
Sadly, Elliott’s career was to end quickly when, in an away component against Liverpool, he got a bad knee injury in a melee with Dean Saunders.
It was an injury Elliott was never ever to recover from and on 10 Might 1994 he revealed his retirement from football.
In between getting the injury and announcing his retirement, I was lucky sufficient to run into Paul.
Leaving the Engine public house, in Bute Street, Luton, Elliott was emerging from the Chinese restaurant throughout the road, we stopped for a fast chat and he ensured me he would return from his injury which he remembered his time at Kenilworth Rad with fondness, however, regretfully, it was not to be.
Elliott, never got any complete England caps but made 1 look for the ‘B’ team and 3 for the U-21 side.
I am convinced that, if he had not suffered that terrible twist of fate, he would have gone on to grace the England side, such was his stature as a central defender.