Born: Hammersmith, 25 November 1976
Signed: 1 July 1995 (trainee)
Fulham debut: Swansea City 1-2 Fulham, 14 September 1996
Fulham appearances: 70
Fulham goals: 6
Fulham honours: Division Three runners-up (1996-97)
Sold: 26 May 2000 to Brighton and Hove Albion (£25,000)
A dangerous dribbler able to operate on either flank, Paul Brooker came through the Fulham youth set-up having been released as a schoolboy by Chelsea. He signed his first professional contract in the summer of 1995 and was handed a senior debut by Micky Adams in the Whites’ 2-1 win at Swansea in September 1996. Brooker scored his first goal in a League Cup defeat at Ipswich Town later that month and made 24 appearances – scoring three goals – as the Whites secured promotion from the Third Division, often used off the bench to run tiring defenders ragged. His first team opportunities tried up once Adams was replaced by Ray Wilkins the following year and he joined Brighton Hove Albion in 2000 after a successful loan at the Withdean Stadium.