Paul Underwood

Paul Underwood

Born 16 August 1973 (Age 24 at debut)

Position: Defender

(Diamonds player #73)

Total appearances 301 – 18 goals

(248 League, 24 FA Cup, 15 FA Trophy, 7 League Cup, 3 League Trophy, 3 Hillier Senior Cup, 1 Maunsell Cup)

Debut:

16 August 1997 (Home Northwich Victoria)

Final game:

20 March 2004 (Away Brentford)

Paul was signed for Diamonds on 1 July 1997 for £50,000 from Enfield, when he became one of Brian Talbot’s first signings. He had previously played at Carshalton Athletic, Sutton United, Dorking and Molesey before spending a year with Enfield.

Initially playing as a left-winger Paul dropped back into the role of Left Back where he excelled, eventually becoming the Club Captain. He helped The Diamonds win the Conference and promotion to Division 3 in 2001, then the playoff place in Division 3 in 2003, and finally the Division 3 Championship and promotion to Division 2 in 2003. He appeared in many memorable games for R&DFC, and also managed to pick up winners medals in the Northants FA Maunsell Cup in 2000 and the Hillier Senior Cup in 1999.

Paul Underwood

Paul established himself as a Diamonds favourite under Brian Talbot and as well as representing the England Semi-Professional team. He was named as The Diamonds player of the season in 2003. In a 2004 BBC survey, and was voted Rushden & Diamonds all time cult hero ahead of Duane Darby and Gary Butterworth.

Paul Underwood

After more than 200 appearances for Rushden, Paul was released on a free transfer to Luton in March 2004, when Rushden & Diamonds were facing financial difficulty. Paul was in the promotion winning team at Luton under Mike Newell, but an infection after a routine knee operation kept him out of the side for an extended period. His final game for Luton was in March 2006, and after over two years battling the complications following the injury, he was still unable to gain a place back in the Luton side and decided to leave them by mutual consent on 1 October 2008.

Appearances

1997/1998

Conf

16.8.97

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

20.8.97

Farnborough Tn(A)

Conf

23.8.97

Leek Town (A)

Conf

30.8.97

Gateshead (H)

as sub

Conf

2.9.97

Slough Town (A)

as sub

Conf

6.9.97

Cheltenham Tn (A)

as sub

Conf

13.9.97

Farnborough Tn(H)

1 goal

Conf

20.9.97

Yeovil Town (A)

Conf

27.9.97

Southport (A)

Conf

4.10.97

Woking (H)

SC1

7.10.97

Hayes (A)

Conf

11.10.97

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

18.10.97

Kidderminster (A)

FAC4q

25.10.97

Boreham Wood(H)

FAC4qr

28.10.97

Boreham Wood(A)

Conf

1.11.97

Slough Town (H)

Conf

8.11.97

Welling Utd (A)

1 goal

Conf

15.11.97

Kidderminster (H)

HSCQF

18.11.97

Brackley Town (A)

Conf

22.11.97

Morecambe (A)

Conf

25.11.97

Kettering Town (H)

FAT1

10.1.98

Farnborough Tn(H)

as sub

Conf

17.1.98

Southport (H)

Conf

24.1.98

Dover Athletic (A)

1 goal

FAT2

31.1.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

Conf

7.2.98

Halifax Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

14.2.98

Gateshead (A)

Conf

21.2.98

Kettering Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

28.2.98

Stalybridge Cltc(H)

Conf

7.3.98

Cheltenham Tn (H)

Conf

14.3.98

Woking (A)

Conf

21.3.98

Halifax Town (A)

Conf

23.3.98

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

28.3.98

Morecambe (H)

1 goal

Conf

13.4.98

Stalybridge Cltc(A)

as sub

1998/1999

Conf

15.8.98

Forest Green (A)

Conf

18.8.98

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

22.8.98

Barrow (H)

1 goal

Conf

25.8.98

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

29.8.98

Southport (A)

Conf

31.8.98

Hayes (H)

Conf

5.9.98

Yeovil Jct (A)

Conf

8.9.98

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

12.9.98

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

19.9.98

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

26.9.98

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

3.10.98

Northwich Vic (H)

Conf

10.10.98

Farnborough Tn(A)

FAC3q

17.10.98

Forest Green (H)

Conf

24.10.98

Morecambe (H)

Conf

7.11.98

Hednesford Tn (A)

FAC4q

9.11.98

Leatherhead (A)

FAC4qr

11.11.98

Leatherhead (H)

FAC1

14.11.98

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

1 goal

FAT2

21.11.98

Bath City (H)

Conf

28.11.98

Cheltenham Tn (A)

FAC2

5.12.98

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

12.12.98

Telford Utd (A)

FAC2r

15.12.98

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

Conf

19.12.98

Farnborough Tn(H)

Conf

26.12.98

Stevenage Boro(A)

Conf

28.12.98

Woking (H)

FAC3

2.1.99

Leeds Utd (H)

Conf

9.1.99

Barrow (A)

FAC3r

13.1.99

Leeds Utd (A)

Conf

23.1.99

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

FAT3

25.1.99

Slough Town (A)

Conf

30.1.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

2.2.99

Kidderminster (H)

FAT4

6.2.99

Woking (A)

FAT4r

9.2.99

Woking (H)

Conf

16.2.99

Welling Utd (A)

Conf

20.2.99

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

23.2.99

Southport (H)

Conf

6.3.99

Hayes (A)

Conf

13.3.99

Leek Town (H)

Conf

16.3.99

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

20.3.99

Morecambe (A)

Conf

23.3.99

Leek Town (A)

1 goal

Conf

27.3.99

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

3.4.99

Cheltenham Tn (H)

Conf

5.4.99

Woking (A)

HSCSr

10.4.99

Cogenhoe Utd (H)

Conf

13.4.99

Yeovil Jct (H)

HSCF

18.4.99

Raunds Town (A)

Conf

20.4.99

Kingstonian (H)

Conf

24.4.99

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

26.4.99

Forest Green (H)

Conf

1.5.99

Kettering Town (H)

1999/2000

MCF

31.7.99

Northampton Tn(H)

Conf

14.8.99

Morecambe (A)

Conf

17.8.99

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

21.8.99

Kidderminster (H)

1 goal

Conf

28.8.99

Sutton Utd (A)

Conf

30.8.99

Welling Utd (H)

Conf

4.9.99

Northwich Vic (A)

Conf

7.9.99

Hayes (H)

Conf

11.9.99

Woking (H)

Conf

14.9.99

Kettering Town (A)

Conf

18.9.99

Southport (H)

Conf

25.9.99

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

28.9.99

Hereford Utd (A)

Conf

2.10.99

Altrincham (A)

Conf

9.10.99

Kingstonian (H)

FAC4q

16.10.99

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

23.10.99

Scarborough (A)

FAC1

29.10.99

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

Conf

2.11.99

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

6.11.99

Dover Athetic (H)

1 goal

Conf

13.11.99

Yeovil Town (A)

1 goal

FAC2

20.11.99

Ilkeston Town (A)

NT2

23.11.99

Telford Utd (H)

FAT2

27.11.99

Havant & W (H)

FAC2r

30.11.99

Ilkeston Town (H)

Conf

4.12.99

Hayes (A)

FAC3

12.12.99

Sheffield Utd (A)

Conf

18.12.99

Telford Utd (A)

FAC3r

21.12.99

Sheffield Utd (H)

Conf

27.12.99

Stevenage Boro(H)

Conf

3.1.00

Stevenage Boro(A)

1 goal

FAT3

15.1.00

Bath City (A)

Conf

22.1.00

Forest Green (A)

FAT4

5.2.00

Billericay Tn (A)

FAT4r

8.2.00

Billericay Tn (H)

Conf

12.2.00

Dover Athletic (A)

Conf

15.2.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

19.2.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

Conf

22.2.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

FAT5

26.2.00

Marine (H)

Conf

4.3.00

Kingstonian (A)

Conf

7.3.00

Yeovil Town (H)

FAT6

11.3.00

Sutton Utd (A)

FAT6r

14.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

18.3.00

Sutton Utd (H)

Conf

25.3.00

Hereford Utd (H)

Conf

28.3.00

Kettering Town (H)

Conf

1.4.00

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

4.4.00

Morecambe (H)

Conf

8.4.00

Kidderminster (A)

Conf

11.4.00

Woking (A)

Conf

15.4.00

Altrincham (H)

Conf

22.4.00

Southport (A)

Conf

29.4.00

Scarborough (H)

Conf

1.5.00

Welling (A)

Conf

6.5.00

Doncaster Rvrs (H)

2000/2001

Conf

19.8.00

Chester City (H)

Conf

21.8.00

Hednesford Tn (A)

Conf

26.8.00

Dagenham&Red (A)

Conf

28.8.00

Southport (H)

Conf

2.9.00

Telford Utd (A)

Conf

5.9.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

Conf

9.9.00

Forest Green (H)

Conf

12.9.00

Scarborough (A)

Conf

16.9.00

Woking (A)

Conf

21.10.00

Morecambe (A)

as sub

NWT2

24.10.00

Stevenage Boro (H)

FAC4q

28.10.00

Grantham Town (H)

1 goal

Conf

31.10.00

Hayes (H)

Conf

4.11.00

Yeovil Town (H)

Conf

11.11.00

Doncaster Rvrs (A)

1 goal

FAC1

17.11.00

Luton Town (A)

Conf

2.12.00

Dover Athletic (A)

1 goal

Conf

9.12.00

Hayes (A)

1 goal

Conf

16.12.00

Hednesford Tn (H)

Conf

26.12.00

Nuneaton Boro (A)

Conf

1.1.01

Nuneaton Boro (H)

Conf

6.1.01

Southport (A)

FAT3

13.1.01

Hayes (A)

Conf

27.1.01

Stevenage Boro (A)

FAT4

3.2.01

Marine (A)

Conf

17.2.01

Scarborough (H)

Conf

21.4.01

Yeovil Town (A)

as sub

Conf

24.4.01

Telford Utd (H)

Conf

28.4.01

Dover Athletic (H)

Conf

5.5.01

Chester City (A)

2001/2002 – squad number 3

D3

11.8.01

York City (A)

D3

16.8.01

Lincoln City (H)

WC1

21.8.01

Burnley (A)

D3

25.8.01

Macclesfield Tn (A)

D3

27.8.01

Plymouth Arg (H)

D3

1.9.01

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

8.9.01

Southend Utd (H)

WC2

11.9.01

Crewe Alex (A)

D3

15.9.01

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

22.9.01

Cheltenham Tn (H)

D3

5.10.01

Hartlepool Utd (H)

D3

13.10.01

Rochdale (A)

LDV1

16.10.01

Cardiff City (A)

D3

20.10.01

Hull City (H)

D3

23.10.01

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

D3

27.10.01

Mansfield Town (H)

D3

10.11.01

Halifax Town (A)

FAC1

17.11.01

Worcester City (A)

D3

20.11.01

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

D3

24.11.01

Kidderminster (A)

D3

1.12.01

Bristol Rvrs (H)

FAC2

8.12.01

Brighton &HA (A)

D3

15.12.01

Luton Town (A)

D3

22.12.01

Carlisle Utd (H)

D3

26.12.01

Southend Utd (A)

D3

29.12.01

Plymouth Arg (A)

D3

12.1.02

Lincoln City (A)

D3

19.1.02

York City (H)

D3

29.1.02

Macclesfield Tn (H)

D3

2.2.02

Darlington (H)

D3

5.2.02

Oxford Utd (H)

D3

9.2.02

Hull City (A)

D3

16.2.02

Rochdale (H)

D3

23.2.02

Leyton Orient (H)

D3

26.2.02

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

2.3.02

Cheltenham Tn (A)

D3

5.3.02

Exeter City (H)

D3

9.3.02

Luton Town (H)

D3

16.3.02

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

23.3.02

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

D3

30.3.02

Mansfield Town (A)

D3

1.4.02

Swansea City (H)

D3

6.4.02

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

D3

13.4.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

20.4.02

Halifax Town (A)

D3PO/1

27.4.02

Rochdale (H)

D3PO/2

30.4.02

Rochdale (A)

D3POF

6.5.02

Cheltenham Tn (N)

2002/2003 – squad number 3

D3

10.8.02

Swansea City (A)

1 goal

D3

13.8.02

Torquay Utd (H)

D3

17.8.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

24.8.02

Shrewsbury Tn (A)

D3

26.8.02

Scunthorpe Utd (H)

D3

31.8.02

Cambridge Utd (A)

D3

7.9.02

Southend Utd (H)

WC1

10.9.02

Millwall (H)

D3

14.9.02

York City (A)

D3

17.9.02

Bournemouth (A)

D3

21.9.02

Wrexham (H)

D3

28.9.02

Hartlepool Utd (A)

D3

12.10.02

Exeter City (A)

D3

19.10.02

Bury (H)

D3

9.11.02

Darlington (H)

FAC1

16.11.02

Kidderminster (A)

D3

23.11.02

Lincoln City (A)

FAC1r

26.11.02

Kidderminster (H)

D3

30.11.02

Bristol Rvrs (H)

FAC2

7.12.02

Exeter City (A)

D3

14.12.02

Macclesfield Tn (A)

D3

21.12.02

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

26.12.02

Scunthorpe Utd (A)

D3

28.12.02

Oxford Utd (H)

D3

1.1.03

Shrewsbury Tn (H)

D3

4.1.03

Torquay Utd (A)

D3

11.1.03

Kidderminter (A)

D3

18.1.03

Cambridge Utd (H)

D3

25.1.03

Oxford Utd (A)

D3

1.2.03

Swansea City (H)

D3

8.2.03

Darlington (A)

D3

22.2.03

Southend Utd (A)

D3

1.3.03

York City (H)

D3

4.3.03

Bournemouth (H)

D3

15.3.03

Hull City (H)

D3

18.3.03

Bury (A)

D3

24.3.03

Rochdale (H)

D3

29.3.03

Exeter City (H)

D3

5.4.03

Bristol Rvrs (A)

D3

12.4.03

Lincoln City (H)

D3

19.4.03

Carlisle Utd (A)

D3

21.4.03

Macclesfield Tn (H)

D3

26.4.03

Leyton Orient (A)

D3

3.5.03

Hartlepool Utd (H)

2003/2004 – squad number 3

D2

9.8.03

Luton Town (A)

CC1

13.8.03

West Ham Utd (A)

D2

16.8.03

Plymouth Arg (H)

D2

23.8.03

Tranmere Rvrs (A)

D2

25.8.03

QPR (H)

D2

30.8.03

Oldham Athletic (A)

D2

6.9.03

Wycombe Wdrs (H)

D2

13.9.03

Brentford (H)

D2

16.9.03

Notts County (A)

D2

20.9.03

Bournemouth (A)

D2

27.9.03

Stockport Co (H)

D2

30.9.03

Brighton & HA (H)

D2

4.10.03

Barnsley (A)

D2

11.10.03

Chesterfield (H)

LDV1

15.10.03

Oxford Utd (A)

D2

18.10.03

Sheff Wed (A)

D2

21.10.03

Blackpool (A)

D2

25.10.03

Wrexham (H)

D2

1.11.03

Grimsby Town (H)

LDV2

4.11.03

Luton Town (H)

FAC1

8.11.03

Swansea City (A)

D2

15.11.05

Hartlepool Utd (A)

D2

22.11.03

Colchester Utd (H)

D2

29.11.03

Port Vale (A)

D2

13.12.03

Bristol City (H)

D2

20.12.03

Peterborough U (A)

D2

21.2.04

Sheff Wed (H)

D2

24.2.04

Tranmere Rvrs (H)

D2

28.2.04

Wrexham (A)

D2

2.3.04

Blackpool (H)

D2

6.3.04

Peterborough U (H)

D2

12.3.04

Bristol City (A)

D2

16.3.04

Notts County (H)

D2

20.3.04

Brentford (A)

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