Hall Returns to Plainmoor

Paul Hall comes to Plainmoor on Saturday, to face the club that placed him on the road to the Premiership and the World Cup Finals.

Hall joined United in the summer of 1990, as part of the extensive scouting network in the Midlands that Torquay United, and particularly Johnny James had in place at the time. Before the season was over, he had appeared as a substitute at Wembley, during United's Play-Off Final win over Blackpool.

Two years later, Hall's performances had interested First Division Portsmouth, who signed him for £70,000. Hall's career took off at Pompey, making 217 appearances for the club and scoring 42 goals. During this spell, he came to the notice of the Jamaican selectors, and along with many Englishman went to play for their parents country of birth. The highlight was helping Jamaica to their very first World Cup in France 98.

The World Cup appearances helped him in a move to Premiership Coventry City for £300,000. His time here was not so successful as he made only two starts and was loaned out to other clubs. One of these clubs, Walsall, saw his ability and signed him on a free towards the end of the 2000/01 season.

Later in 2001, moneybags Rushden and Diamonds offered him a contract, and he entered into a more fruitful period of his career, making 128 appearances and scoring 29 goals as he helped take Rushden into the 2nd Division, lining up alongside former Gull Duane Darby.

Relegation last season led to the club releasing some of their players and Tranmere were first in the queue for Hall, who has started every match this season.

Hall has returned to Plainmoor once before, back in February 2002, when Rushden and Diamonds left with a point following a 1-1 draw, the scorer that day, current United midfielder Stuart Wardley