Paul McGrath

Where is Paul McGrath now?

After a long, illustrious career mostly with Manchester United and Aston Villa, Paul McGrath retired in 1998 at the age of 39 and settled in County Wexford, Ireland.

When McGrath moved from Old Trafford to Villa Park in 1989 at the age of 30 he produced some of the best football of his career despite suffering from recurrent knee injuries.

During his time at Villa Park, McGrath helped the Midlands side to a second place finish in the 1993-94 Premier League and he was also an integral part of the team which won the League Cup in 1994 and 1996.

He also won the PFA Player’s Player of the Year Award in 1993 which showed how highly regarded he was by his fellow professionals at the time.

McGrath is held in so much regard by the Aston Villa the fans they have nicknamed him “God” and his name is still chanted on the terraces to this day.

Away from domestic football he also had a stellar international career winning 83 caps for the Republic of Ireland and representing them in the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup finals and also the 1988 European Championships.
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Upon retiring from playing McGrath moved back to his native Ireland and spent time as director of football at Irish league side Waterford United FC.

He now spends his time playing golf and doing charity work, specifically for the Acquired Brain Injury Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Ireland.

After a well publicised battle with alcoholism, McGrath’s autobiography Back from the Brink, went on to become a number one best-seller, win a number of literacy awards and is widely regarded as one of the best sports books ever written.

An English Football Hall of Famer, he also works the after-dinner speaking circuit.

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Paul McGrath: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forAston Villa, Derby County

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