Paul Rideout Paul Rideout
Facts
  • Position: Forward/Striker (also Midfield)
  • Born: Bournemouth, 14 August 1964
  • Height: 5' 11" (180 cm)
  • Previous Clubs:
    Seasons Clubs Apps Goals
    1980-83: Swindon 95 8
    1983-85: Aston Villa 54 19
    1985-88: Bari (Italy) 99 23
    1988-91: Southampton 75 19
    1990-91: Swindon (on loan) 9 1
    1991-92: Notts County 11 1
    1991-92: Glasgow Rangers 12 1
  • Joined Everton: from Glasgow Rangers in August 1992 (£500,000)
  • Debut: v Sheffield Wednesday (h), 15 August 1992
  • Honours:England Schools, England Youth, England U-21 caps, FA Cup winner ('95)
  • Left Everton: April 1997 (£250,000)
  • Last Match: Everton 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0, 12 April 1997
  • New Club: Huan Dao Vanguards of Xaopyangon, China.


Strengths:

Weaknesses:

  • Good scoring rate
  • Very good in the air
  • Very good work-rate
  • Experienced and professional
  • Adjusts well to his striking partner
  • Can also play as a defender
  • Not a prolific scorer
  • Slow
  • Injury prone
  • Can complain a lot
Paul Rideout was signed by Howard Kendall in August 1992 from Glasgow Rangers for just £500,000 to partner Tony Cottee in the Everton forward line. His first goals did not come until October 1992, in a League Cup tie against Rotherham United, when Paul scored twice.

The partnership with Cottee never really blossomed under Kendall; he had them competing for that No 9 shirt.  They only started together 4 times that first season.  The 1993-94 season started better, with Rideout and Cottee getting more than a dozen consecutive starts, and producing 16 goals together (seven in the League Cup games against Lincon City).  But injury stopped that run, team form went downhill, and eventually Mike Walker came in January 1994, when Rideout began to figure mostly as a substitute.

The start of the next season is best forgotten, with Rideout leading a particularly ineffective strike force devoid of Cottee, and Everton struggling desperately at the foot of the table.  The first win came only after 13 games, and Walker was on his way...

In Joe Royle's first game as the new manager, memorably against Liverpool, Rideout came on as a second-half substitute to slide home the clinching second goal.  He went on to play for most of the season, apart from a spell of injury in the spring.

Paul Rideout will always have a special place in Everton history: he was there to head in the winning goal of the 1995 FA Cup Final.  This capped off perhaps Rideout's finest season in an Everton shirt, when he was leading scorer with 16 goals.

Rideout remained in the side until two months into the 1995-96 season, when he picked up an injury against Sheffield Wednesday. Unfortunately for him, Duncan Ferguson was just back out of prison and so Rideout lost his place at the front.

Season 1996/97 was a difficult one for Paul.  At the age of 32, his lack of pace was beginning to show, and Michael Branch was getting on the teamsheet ahead of him  He was left warming the bench on 21 occasions and only got onto the field 7 times, usually when there were injury problems. He came into the midfield for the FA Cup match against Swindon Town, and played very well, but after a poor performance -- ironically against Sheffield Wednesday -- he was dropped again and didn't get many more chances. 

It was clear that he could not run down his career at Goodison, and in April 1997 a very lucrative opportunity came his way in the Far East.  A transfer to Huan Dao Vanguards of Xaopyangon, China, was arranged for £250,000.  But his personal contract included payments totalling £350,000, making a tidy retirement nest-egg.

But his Goodison days were not quite over: new caretaker-player-manager, Dave Watson, was left a depleted and injury-riven squad by the departing Joe Royle.  Desperate for players, Watson called him back from China before the transfer was completed, to support an ailing midfield.  Paul Rideout's last performance in the Royal Blue shirt of Everton will be remembered by many: it was a vital home game against Tottenham Hotspur.  Rideout was a magnificent inspiration in the midfield, taking command and spraying around passes as the team clung to an early Gary Speed goal.  Victory and three vital points were assured in no small part by Rideout's masterful midfield contribution.  

Paul is a good footballer, in the Teddy Sheringham mould, but like the Spurs ace he lacks pace which as we know, is a vital part of any forward's game. We wish him well as he plays out his career in the strange new footballing world of the Orient.


Paul Rideout -- Everton Career Statistics

Season

League
Apps(Sub)

League
Goals

Cup
Apps(Sub)

Cup
Goals

TOTAL
Apps(Sub)

TOTAL
Goals

1992-93 17(7) 3 5(-) 2 22(7) 5

1993-94

21(3)

6

4(-)

5

25(3)

11

1994-95

25(4)

14

6(1)

2

31(5)

16

1995-96

19(6)

6

8(1)

1

26(7)

7

1996-97

4(6)

-

2(1)

1

6(7)

1

Totals:

86(26)

29

25(3)

11

111(29)

40


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