R.I.P. Paul Comstive 1961 – 2013 (Southport)

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R.I.P. Paul Comstive

OTS News.co.uk is saddened to report the death of well known Southport resident, Paul Comstive, aged 52.

Paul sadly passed away suddenly on Sunday 29 December 2013.

Many will remember Paul as a professional footballer and as a local postman.

Condloences to all his family and many friends

Funeral arrangements to be announced.

R.I.P. Paul Comstive 1961 – 2013


ABOUT Paul’s footballing career 

Paul Comstive (born 25 November 1961 in Southport) is a former English professional footballer who mainly played as a midfielder.

He played in The Football League for seven different clubs and also played non-league football.

Playing career

Comstive was to spend the vast majority of his career in the north-west of England, beginning as an apprentice at Blackburn Rovers in October 1979.

He went on to make six league appearances for Rovers, with two loan spells with Rochdale following before a move to Wigan Athletic in August 1983.

After a three year stint with Wrexham from 1984 to 1987, Comstive made an £8,000 switch to Burnley.

This spell saw him play at Wembley Stadium in the 1987–88 Sherpa Van Trophy final against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Comstive moved on again in 1989 to Bolton Wanderers for £37,000,  with his two seasons at Burnden Park ending in losses in the Third Division play–offs.

Two of the three goals he scored for Bolton came direct from corner kicks in the 4-1 home win against Bournemouth in January 1991.

In November 1991 Comstive moved to Chester City for £10,000.

He scored in the first Football League match at the Deva Stadium between Chester and Burnley on 5 September 1992 but was released at the end of the 1992–93 season.

Many of his appearances for Chester came at full back.

This marked the end of Comstive’s professional career. He joined hometown club Southport and went on to play for fellow non-league clubs Morecambe and Chorley.

Comstive later had a short spell on the coaching staff at Southport and also worked for Burscough.

He went on to be manager of Fleetwood Hesketh FC, assisted by “Bill and Ben”, aka Alan Francis and Dave Massam.

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Pictured above: Paul with Howard Kendall

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