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Paul McGrath: Famous Dublin Soccer Star

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Paul McGrath - London Born Irishman Became Superstar Soccer Icon

London born Paul McGrath is probably one of Ireland's most popular players of all times and is a soccer icon whose reputation on the football had few equals. Troubled by severe knee ailments at an early stage in his career, he still managed to perform at the highest level in Premier League football.

Irish soccer fans have numerous fond memories of the ‘Black Pearl’ of Irish soccer who was the backbone of the Republic of Irelands great rise to the pinnacle of World Cup football in 19900 and again in 1994.

Since his demise from international football, Ireland are still searching for a worthy replacement and this task is not made any easier when many football experts rated Paul as the complete natural world class defender. He was a terrace hero at all the clubs he played for and in 1985, United fans applauded their hero off the field when he single – handedly kept out Everton in the F.A. Cup final after Kevin Moran’s dismissal.

The appointment of Alex Ferguson and a combination of events off the field, ensured that the new United manager would off load a gifted player in 1989. However Paul simply carried on with exceptional parformances at his new club, Aston Villa and many genuine United fans never forgave Alex Ferguson for a grave error of judgement on a genius footballer.

His career with Ireland took him to many famous international stadiums and the World Cup of 1990 witnessed some majestic displays by Paul as Ireland reached the quarter finals for the first time ever.

Paul McGrath's wry grin and quietly spoken soft accent belied his skillful and fearsome approach to the game.

 

CAREER PROFILE

Place of Birth:  Ealing, London, England

Date of Birth:  4th December 1959

Nationality:  Irish (Irish mother)

Football Clubs:

Pearse Rovers, Dalkey United, St. Patricks Athletic (Ireland), Mancester United, Aston Villa, Derby County, Sheffield United.

International Player: Republic of Ireland 1985 – 1997

Caps/Goals:  83 caps 8 goals

International Debut:  V Italy on 5th February 1985

Club Debut:  Manchester United V Spurs 1982

Club Appearances:  519 (all English clubs)

Honours:     F.A. Cup Medal 1985 – Manchester United

                  League Cup Medals: 1994 & 1996 (Aston Villa)

                  P.F.A Ireland Player of the Year 1981/82

                  P.F.A Player of the Year 1983

                  Aston Villa’s most capped international player   51 Caps

Transfers:

Moved to St. Patricks athletic in 1981 from Dalkey United.

St. Patricks Athletic to Manchester United 1982  Fee: £30,000        

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