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Paul Mc Grath
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D.O.B. :26/07/2006
D.O.D. :26/07/2006
For many in Ireland, Paul McGrath is a living legend. No player in Ireland's history has had so many column inches written in his honour, yet the defender has always remained modest about his ability.

Born in London, McGrath spent the first 16 years of his life in an orphanage and started his football career with Dalkey United before joining St Patrick's Athletic. He won the Young Player of the Year award in 1982 and joined Manchester United for a bargain 30,000 the following season.

On the pitch, McGrath settled in easily alongside Manchester United's superstar, winning a FA Cup medal in 1985, but off the field, he found the pressures difficult to deal with, often turning to alcohol.

In 1985, he won the first of his 83 caps though it wasn't until Jack Charlton became manager that McGrath became a key member of the side. Chosen regularly in midfield by Charlton, McGrath helped Ireland to the European Championships in 1988 and World Cup two years later. Four years later, he was also part of the Ireland side that qualified for its second World Cup.

However, the story was not as straightforward as it may sound. McGrath's drinking problems meant that on two occasions, he missed Ireland matches, while at club level, Manchester United decided to cut their losses and let him leave for Aston Villa. He became a huge hero at Villa Park, helping them win the League Cup while going close to winning the League and personally, he also collected the 1993 PFA Player of the Year. He was also injury prone and during the course of his career, he had eight knee operations, which meant that towards the end of his career, he was not training in the accepted sense of the word.

It is testament to his natural fitness that despite this, he still played football at the highest level until he retired in 1998.




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Paul Mc Grath's playing record
Season Openin. Subst. Goals Yellows Reds
1985 3 4 0 0 0
1986 6 0 1 0 0
1987 7 0 2 1 0
1988 6 0 0 0 0
1989 7 0 1 1 0
1990 9 0 0 1 0
1991 6 1 1 0 0
1992 8 0 1 2 0
1993 6 0 1 0 0
1994 8 0 0 0 0
1995 9 0 1 0 0
1996 2 0 0 0 0
1997 1 0 0 0 0
Total 78 5 8 5 0
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards



Paul Mc Grath's full debut
27.02.1985 at 00:00 Friendly A Israel  


Last 10 games where Paul Mc Grath started | Show All
11.02.1997 at 00:00 Friendly A Wales  
24.04.1996 at 00:00 Friendly A Czech Rep  
27.03.1996 at 00:00 Friendly H Russia  
13.12.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Play off N Holland  
15.11.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Portugal  
11.10.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Latvia 2 - 1
06.09.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Austria 1 - 3
11.06.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Austria 1 - 3
03.06.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Liechtenstein  
26.04.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Portugal  


Last 10 games in which Paul Mc Grath scored.
06.09.1995 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Austria 1 - 3
09.06.1993 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier A Latvia  
26.05.1992 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H Albania  
16.10.1991 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier A Poland 3 - 3
04.06.1989 at 00:00 World Cup Qualifier H Hungary  
14.10.1987 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Bulgaria  
09.09.1987 at 00:00 European Cup Qualifier H Luxembourg 2 - 1
25.05.1986 at 00:00 Tournament A Iceland 2 - 1


Games in which Paul Mc Grath was a Substitute.
22.05.1991 Friendly H Chile 1 - 1
11.09.1985 World Cup Qualifier A Switzerland  
02.06.1985 World Cup Qualifier H Switzerland  
01.05.1985 World Cup Qualifier H Norway  
05.02.1985 Friendly H Italy 1 - 2
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