Paul Cheesley

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20 October 1953

Position: Forward
Nationality: English
Born: 20/10/1953

Cheesley arrived at Ashton Gate in 1973 after making a £30,000 switch from Norwich City.

It took time for the big striker to settle, but he proved a key man in the 1975/76 season as City secured promotion to the top flight.

He formed a devastating partnership with Tom Ritchie, scoring 15 of a combined 33 goals between them.

On the opening day of the following season City found themselves away at Arsenal. Cheesley was to score the only goal in a famous win at Highbury, heading in from Clive Whitehead's cross.

Sadly his next appearance for the club was to prove career-ending. At home to Stoke City, Cheesley collided with goalkeeper Peter Shilton, suffering knee cartilage damage.

An attempted comeback proved futile and, aged just 23, Cheesley was forced to retire.

At the time England had been showing interest in calling up Cheesley - in fact he turned down the Under-23s due to a clash with a key encounter for City.

He remains in Bristol, having been landlord of the Knowle Hotel pub for several years.

Appearances: 73
Goals: 20