Paul Dickov is a player that has pleased so many fans of different clubs and twice we had the pleasure of seeing him in the Leicester City blue shirt. He will always be recognized for taking part in two great promotions for the club, getting back up in the Premier League in 2002/03 and then return to help getting back up from League 1 and winning that championship in 2008/09.
That he would turn up at Leicester City was not obvious as his professional career started at Arsenal. He joined the Londoners in 1989 from his boyhood area in Scotland, but struggled to get into a fantastic Gunners side at the time. Despite his spare chances in the first team, he can count a winers medal from the 1994 European Cup winners Cup.
His tally of league games for Arsenal counted 26, in which he scored 4 goals. He left Arsenal in 1996 after seven years at Highbury. During those years he also played on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion and Luton Town.
From a fringe life at Arsenal he joined Manchester City, a club at the time struggling to find back to it’s best. The transfer fee was close to £1million. During his time at Maine Road, Dickov had to see Man City relegated to the third tier, but became very important in the challenge of getting back up, scoring that iconic goal v. Gillingham in the play off’s at Wembley, eventually resulted in a promotion back to the 2nd tier.
Man City climbed back to the top again, but competition got stiff for Paul Dickov and in 2001/02 he made his first move to Leicester City, with a fee of £150.000 paid by then manager Dave Bassett. He partnered Brian Deane up front and the pair had to see a relegation coming, but in the season after became important in that straight promotion back up. In his first period at Leicester City he scored 32 goals from 89 league games and had to see relegation twice. He had no desire to play for Leicester City in a new challenge to get back up and instead signed for Blackburn Rovers exercising a contractual clause in his contract to move on for a nominal fee.
He had a relatively good start at Ewood Park, but eventually found it hard to regain his place in the first team and a new move back to Manchester City became his next step, but had to see his chances limited and never scored in his 16 league games in a spell that also included two loan moves to Blackpool and Crystal Palace.
Dickov rejoined Leicester City in the summer of 2008 and had a fringe role under Nigel Pearson’s first spell at the club, joined Derby on loan and later Leeds United for a short period before joining Oldham Athletic as a player manager in 2010.
Paul Dickov was in charge at Oldham Athletic for three years in which he did see his team defeat Liverpool 3-2 in the FA Cup, but later resigned due to a run of bad results. He also had a spell in charge at Doncaster Rovers from 2013 to 2015, but has since vanished from the managerial scene of football.
Paul Dickov did also experience international football being capped 10 times by Scotland. His last name “Dickov” is accordingly after a Bulgarian grandfather.
- Full Name: Paul Dickov
- Position: Forward
- Date of Birth: 01.11.1972
- Birthplace: Livingston
- Nation: Scotland
- Caps / Goals: 10/1
- Major League Career:
- 1990-96, Arsenal (22/4)
- 1996-02, Manchester City (156/35)
- 2002-04, Leicester City (89/32)
- 2004-06, Blackburn Rovers (50/14)
- 2006-08, Manchester City (16/0)
- 2008-10, Leicester City (21/2)