WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
We catch up with Birmingham’s 94-95 Auto Windscreens Shield winners
PAUL TAIT lived the dream after scoring to win the Football League Trophy and the Third Division title in a little over a fortnight.
‘Blue Nose’ Tait came off the bench to head Barry Fry’s side to their second win in three attempts at Wembley with a golden goal against Carlisle.
He repeated the trick a couple of weeks later, coming on to put his side 2-0 up at Huddersfield on the last day of the season.
Even though Huddersfield pulled a goal back, Tait’s strike was enough to secure the points with a four-point gap between them and Brentford.
Tait, still a regular at St Andrew’s, says the pressure was on from the opening day for Fry and his side to deliver the title.
It was only Birmingham’s third season in the third tier of English football following relegation 12 months earlier, but the manager was backed with substantial funds.
“We were relegated at Tranmere on the last day, so at the start of the season we were one of the favourites to go up. There was a lot of pressure,” said Tait.
“Especially with the number of players Barry Fry was bringing in. On paper, with the players we had, we should have done a lot better than we did.
“I know we won the League and the Auto Windscreens Trophy. But we didn’t win the league until the last day. We should have made it a lot more comfortable. The owners at the time didn’t want us to be in the division. They wanted us to get back up straight away.
“There was also pressure with Villa doing so well. All of my friends were Birmingham supporters so I wanted to do well.
“It was a strange few weeks, a strange season, I was in and out of the team, with Baz tinkering. It was hard to get a place but I always seemed to score important goals.
“But it was fantastic to score any goal at Wembley, especially the first golden goal in a final.
“Then, a few weeks later I scored the winner at Huddersfield to get us promoted, but scoring at Wembley was the best memory.
“I didn’t think about it at the time. You don’t really start thinking about it until you finish playing. At the time, my main thing was socialising with the supporters.
“I didn’t really live the life of a footballer. I lived the life of a supporter who played football. It was a case of having drinks bought and meals.
“It was a fantastic time, like being in a fast car going from place to place,” he said.
1. Neil McDiarmid (physio): He became Head of Sports Medicine at St Andrew’s and is now running his own physiotherapy company in Solihull. 2. Danny Wallace: England winger forced to retire in 1996 when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Now runs the Danny Wallace Foundation. 3. Paul Tait: Midfielder who scored the Wembley winner. Worked as a postman for a year then set up his own business, Midlands Soccer Coaching. 4. Kenny Lowe: An England semipro international who coached at the Football West National Training Centre in Western Australia. Now, Perth Glory’s head coach. 5. Juan Miguel De Souza: Striker who became a teacher at Rushcroft School, Chingford then head of academy recruitment at Leyton Orient and now Charlton. 6. Steve McGavin: Striker who won the Non-League double with Colchester. He was project director for the Aspire Media Group in Essex and then Ipswich Town’s head of academy recruitment. 7. Chris Whyte: Central defender who won a First Division title with Leeds. He’s worked as a chauffeur and is now running his own company, Old Pro Management. 8. Peter Shearer: England semipro international striker who coached at Birmingham City’s academy before going into teaching and is now a PE master at Codsall High School. 9. Paul Harding: Midfielder who helped Notts County win promotion to Division One after a stint in New Zealand. Back working in London in the building industry. 10. Richard Scott: Defender who helped Peterborough United win promotion. Had a spell as Spalding United’s manager before opening his own soccer school. 11. Lil Fuccillo: Managed Peterborough and Luton Town, where he was also technical director and is now scouting for Bristol City. 12. Kevan Broadhurst: Managed Northampton and Walsall and is now under-15s and under-16s coach in the Blues Academy and works in the club’s community department. 13. Andy Saville: Striker who won promotions with Preston and Wigan. Now back in home town of Hull working as a postman. 14. Dave Barnett: Defender who coached at Halesowen Town and Birmingham City’s academy. He managed Romulus and now runs a coaching company, Pro Level Performance, alongside ex-Aston Villa star Tony Daley. 15. Dave Regis: Striker who won a Second Division title with Stoke. He was education and welfare officer at Charlton and is now an independent sports consultant. 16. Ian Bennett: Goalkeeper and play-off winner at Huddersfield where he was academy goalkeeping coach, a role he now has at Nottingham Forest. 17. Richard Dryden: Defender, who was assistant manager of Tamworth and Darlington and has managed Worcester City. He is now coaching in East Bengal. 18. Liam Daish: Central defender who won two promotions with Cambridge United. Managed Havant, Ebbsfleet and Nuneaton. Now coaches at Brockenhurst College. 19. Roger Willis: Midfielder who won a Conference title with Barnet. Is now a property developer in the East Midlands. 20. David Howell: Centre-back who helped Barnet win promotion to the League. He managed St Albans City and Harrow Borough and has worked as a speaker. 21. Jose Dominguez: Portugal winger who held a number of coaching jobs in his homeland and has also been head coach of Spanish side Recreativo. 22. Louie Donowa: Midfielder who was a League Cup winner with Norwich City. Lives in Ipswich and works for Vodafone in traffic management. 23. Gary Cooper: Midfielder who won two promotions with Peterborough United. Now back living and working in London. 24. John Frain: Midfielder who won two promotions with Northampton. He went into financial services and worked as a mortgage underwriter in Solihull. 25. Mark Ward: A winger who became framework support manager for GB Building Solutions. Now a speaker and runs a floristry business in Liverpool 26. Barry Fry: He moved on to Peterborough, where he was manager between 1996 and 2005, then chairman and is now director of football at London Road. 27. Ed Stein: Midfielder and one of three footballing brothers. He later managed Harrow Borough. Now lives in Milton Keynes and is director of Ed Stein City Soccer. 28. Scott Hiley: Full-back who won a promotion with Exeter City and is now running the Eastcote guest house in the village of Clyst St Mary near Exeter in Devon. 29. Steve Claridge: Well-travelled striker who managed Portsmouth, Weymouth, Millwall and now Salisbury. A successful media pundit with the BBC. 30. Paul Moulden: Striker who opened a fish and chip shop called Paul’s Chippy in Horwich, Bolton, and coached at Man City’s academy. 31. Neil Doherty: Winger who ran InsideOut Soccer Schools for children in Barrow and coaches at Furness Player Performance.
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