9 – Paul Dobson
I recently did an article on Dobson, so won’t go into too much detail as you can read it here, but he is the striker who prompted the list.
The Hartlepool-born striker had previously bagged 24 goals in 80 games for his hometown club, before moving 366 miles south to Plainmoor, where he twice finished as leading scorer, with 16 from 39 in 1986/87, and 22 from 38 the following season. He moved back up north, hitting 10 in 24 games for Doncaster and 22 in 61 games for Scarborough. Prolific? Possibly. Proven? Absolutely. What could possibly go wrong?
To be fair, he did score a few goals but was never as prolific as he had previously been, and as the main picture demonstrates his signing was branded a mistake, and he was given a free transfer to Darlington.