Paul McGrath



Date of birth: 4th December, 1959
Place of birth: London, England
Nationality: Irish
Position: Centre back
Aston Villa career: 1989-1996
Signed from: Manchester United
Games: 322
Goals: 9 (league)


The man now immortalized in match day songs was another Taylor bargain, joining Villa from Manchester United in August 1989 for £400,000.

McGrath’s dominance in defence and complete commitment made him an instant hit at Villa Park as he helped Villa to the runners-up spot in the First Division, despite knee problems and a turbulent personal life.

Despite a strained season under Venglos, in which Villa finished 17th, the Irishman continued to impress.

The inaugural Premier League campaign was a good one for the centre back, whose performances steered Villa to second place, behind his former club Manchester United. McGrath was the deserving winner of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award in 1993.

He tasted success in 1994, winning the League Cup, when Villa beat the Red Devils 3-1 at Wembley.

After winning another League Cup, McGrath left Villa for Derby County.

McGrath had great vision and gave his all in 322 appearances for Villa, in spite of injury. He is considered to have played some of the best football of his career in claret and blue and is regarded as a footballing God by Villa fans and the Irish alike.

Supporter Opinion

Lee Quoroll: He is god!

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