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Rewind Extra: Flair winger joins City

Rewind Extra: Flair winger joins City
Turning the York City story back to August 1995 and the arrival of a very talented wide player at Bootham Crescent.

Former Newcastle United winger Paul Stephenson has joined York City from Second Division title-favourites Brentford.

The 29-year-old agreed a three-year deal with the Minstermen, and while the fee was being described as 'five-figure', it's understood to be around £25,000 to £30,000.

His acquisition follows the record-breaking £450,000 switch of highly-rated wide-man Jon McCarthy to First Division Port Vale.

Born in Wallsend, Stephenson began as an apprentice with the Magpies in the same youth-team that produced Paul Gascogine, and was capped at England youth level in 1986.

He went on to complete 67 appearances for Newcastle having made his debut at the age of just seventeen, until joining Millwall for around £300,000 in 1988.

Once there Stephenson totalled 98 league appearances and netted six times, while also including a loan stay at Gillingham before being snapped up by Brentford for £30,000 midway through the 1993-94 season - and scoring twice in 70 games.

"Paul has quality and self-confidence," manager Alan Little told The Press. "While he is a hard worker, he also has flair.

"He has told me he wants to come back north and re-establish himself," he explained. "He has played in the top-flight and has done the business. He will be an asset."

The recruitment of Stephenson now definitely spells the end for ex-Stockport County winger Michael Wallace following an unspectacular trial.

Unfortunately City's latest newcomer isn't available for tomorrow's Yorkshire Electricity Cup derby with Scarborough, nor the visit of Scottish First Division side Clydebank on Sunday.

However, Little was still expected to send out a strong team against the Seadogs, including the front pairing of Paul Barnes and Paul Baker.

Rewind Extra - August 1995

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Writer:Vital York City
Date:Wednesday October 11 2017
Time: 4:54PM

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