Paul Wotton

Paul Wotton is an English midfielder who was born in Plymouth on August 17th 1977. Wotton began his career at his home town club Plymouth Argyle, and spent 14 years with the Devon side, making his first appearance in 1994. Wotton was a fringe player during his first three seasons at Home Park, but by 1997/98 he had become a regular. Wotton initial played at the back, but was eventually converted into a holding midfielder. He captained Paul Sturrock's Argyle side in 2001/02 to promotion from Division 3.

Plymouth ended the campaign with 102 points and Wotton was named in the PFA team of the year. He helped the team to a second promotion just two years later, when Plymouth won the Division 2 title. He established a reputation as a bit of a set piece expert at Home Park, taking both free kicks and penalties. His best goal scoring season for The Pilgrims came in 2004/05, where he netted 12 times in 40 matches, which contributed to the club's 17th place finish in the Championship and earned Wotton a player of the year award.

Wotton was involved in a pre season bust up with team mate Chris Zebrowski in July 2006. Wotton required more than a hundred stitches in his head after being glassed by Zebrowski at a restaurant near the club's Austrian training base. Plymouth were quick to terminate Zebrowski's contract after the incident. Zebrowski claimed he had been bullied by Wotton prior to the attack.

Wotton suffered cruciate and medial ligament damage to his left knee on December 9th 2006 in a match against Hull. The injury ruled him out for over a year. He made his return as a late sub on 12th February 2008, in a 3-0 victory over Barnsley. Wotton's last goal for Plymouth came in his final appearance for the club on April 19th 2008 against Preston. He lined up for the Pilgrims on 438 occasions, scoring 61 times over a 14 year period, before being released by the club in the summer of 2008.

Wotton signed for cash strapped Southampton on 18th June 2008, becoming the second player to arrive under new manager Jan Poortvliet. Wotton was one of the few experienced players involved in a youthful Saints side. He made his debut on 9th August 2008 as a second half substitute against Cardiff. His first start for Poortvliet's side came days later at Exeter in The Carling Cup. Despite his previous excellent record from the spot at Plymouth, Wotton missed his first penalty for The Saints, in an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Watford on 18th October 2008. While he always gave 100% for Saints, his direct style of play didn't really suit the teams passing game. Wotton never recaptured the form he previously showed at Plymouth and couldn't help Saints survive in the Championship in his first season at the club.

Wotton was often used as a substitute during the 2009/10 season after the arrival of Dean Hammond. Manager Alan Pardew frequently brought Wotton on late in matches when his side was leading, in order to see out the victory. He played a key role in the clubs 2010 Johnstone's Paint Trophy triumph. Wotton scored penalties in the shoot out wins against Torquay and Norwich, and performed well in both the semi final and the final itself against Carlisle.

Wotton slipped further down the pecking order in 2010/11 at St Marys. He only played 3 further matches for Saints, the last coming on 23rd October 2010 as a late substitute against Oldham. Hewas loaned to Oxford in November for a four match spell, but failed to make a significant impact. Shortly after returning to Southampton, Wotton joined Yeovil Town on loan. Ironically Wotton's Yeovil debut came against his former side Plymouth on New Year's Day 2011. On 28th January 2011, Wotton's contract with Southampton was terminated by mutual consent, leaving the midfielder free to join Yeovil on a permanent basis. Wotton celebrated his new contract with a goal the next day at Brentford, helping The Glovers to a 2-1 win.

On 30th July 2011 Wotton scored a penalty in a friendly against former club Southampton.