Paul McGrath

Paul McGrath

The Fans God

There is no bigger tribute to Paul McGrath than the fact his name is still sung at Villa Park years after his departure from the club.

The classy central defender, affectionately known as God by supporters, was snapped up for £400,000 from Manchester United by Graham Taylor in August 1989.

Macca was an instant hit in claret and blue, for his terrific defending and commitment to the cause.

In his first season, the Republic of Ireland international helped Villa to the runners-up spot in the First Division and, two years later, his commanding displays at the heart of the defence earned him the PFA Player of the Year award.

But there was no let up in McGrath’s performances the following season as Villa finished second to Manchester United in the inaugural Premier League campiagn.

Macca’s first major honour came at Villa too – the 1994 League Cup when Ron Atkinson’s team defeated Man United 3-1 at Wembley.

He eventually left Villa in 1996 after seven years and 322 appearances.

McGrath, who ended his career with spells at Derby County and Sheffield United, was also capped 83 times by the Republic of Ireland.

Paul McGrath is considered one of the greatest players in Villa's history and is nicknamed 'God' by many fans. He read the game as if he had the Super Power to read minds!

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