Paul Stokers is a name synonymous with football and Scottish football.
The midfielder was born in Perth, in the Perthshire town of Paulstokes, and grew up playing in the local league.
His father, who worked as a driver, owned a school which had a football ground and Stokes, his elder brother, would watch every game on television.
“It was a beautiful thing to see, the school was the biggest one in the area, the best in the country, the biggest in the world,” he said.
I think it was quite hard to cope with.” “
But it was a tough school, I don’t think there was anything more difficult.
I think it was quite hard to cope with.”
In his youth, he joined the Perth Football Club, which later became the Perth Stokes Athletic Club.
He moved to the United States and, after moving to the US, to the Portland Timbers, which is now known as the Portland Thorns.
“I remember the Timbers first game at Providence Park and it was the greatest thing that I’ve ever seen, the team was unbelievable,” he recalled.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable.
I didn’t know anything about soccer at that time and I still don’t.” “
That was the first game I saw for myself and it just blew me away.
I didn’t know anything about soccer at that time and I still don’t.”
Stokes was part of the first ever international friendly in Australia and played for the United Kingdom’s Under-21s against New Zealand in the 1990s.
“When I went to America I wasn’t aware that there was a football team there,” he told BBC Sport.
“There was no mention of a soccer team in the newspapers.
I thought ‘Oh well I’ve got to go’. “
I got there and the team wasn’t even in the game.
I thought ‘Oh well I’ve got to go’.
I’m a very quick thinker, so I thought if I can make myself available for the game I’m sure I’ll be good enough.”
Stoker, who has two sons from his first marriage, is currently the goalkeeper for Portland Timbers U21s.
He has also played for Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, and Sunderland, having joined the first team in 2015.
He is currently with the Scotland U21 side.
Stokes grew up in a football family, having played with his brother in the school which his father owned.
“My dad was a very good player, but he was really good at football,” Stokes said.
Stoker’s father was also a goalkeeper and his father was a goalkeeper, and his older brother was also good at soccer.
“His goalkeeping skills were very good and he was very good at keeping a team together, and he used to score goals for his team,” he explained.
“So I suppose it was sort of a natural progression.”
Paul Stoker celebrates scoring for Aberdeen against Scotland’s Under 21s, in Perth.
Source: PA:Press Association Images Paul Stoke was also an avid reader and was always reading about Scotland and football, and football in particular.
“A lot of football came from reading football magazines, and there was something very interesting about the way that Scotland played.
I mean, Scotland had a lot of talent, but I think their mentality and their attitude was different from that of England and other countries,” he added.
Stokers was also fascinated by the history of football and the sport in general.
“You have to understand, when I was growing up, it was pretty much just football, I didn.
I wasn`t a football fan, but it was football, but at the same time it was very much part of my life,” he continued.
I used to watch the match and I would go home and go back and read the newspapers.” “
Even when I moved away from home in Scotland and I lived in America I would always go and watch a match, I’d always listen to the commentators.
I used to watch the match and I would go home and go back and read the newspapers.”
Stoke became a supporter of Aberdeen and was one of the team`s supporters before they won the Scottish Premiership in 2014.
“As a young lad I had a big interest in the team, and I used the opportunity to go and see some games, and that was a big help,” he admitted.
Stoke played for Scottish Championship side Aberdeen.
“At Aberdeen I was the goalkeeper and we had a good side,” he says.
“We had good goals, we scored a lot, but there was always the opposition, we didn`t always have that big of a squad.”
We would get together on the weekend, I would be playing for the team and I`d just be hanging around, talking football and talking about the team.
“Then, on the Monday morning, the next day I’d be at the team bus and I’d sit down with my brother and we