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05/09/2008, 9:35 AM
In today's (London) Times there is list of the top 50 Aston Villa moments, Paul McGrath makes it at number 2, only behind the new owner.


Oooh-ah Paul McGrath

If Billy Walker is a shoo-in the Villa’s greatest ever player, then equally there’s not much doubt about the best of the postwar years. Signing Paul McGrath in the summer of 1989 was a huge gamble by Graham Taylor but over the next seven years Macca touched heights of genius that most thought impossible in a mere defender. The problems with knees and alcohol were well documented – painfully so in his autobiography – but Villa fans forgave him everything for those trademark, fuss-free interceptions (“it’s like they’ve given him the script before they go out,” as one commentator exclaimed) and tackles timed with the precision of a Swiss watch maker. Truly, there will never be another like him.

05/09/2008, 11:57 AM
My Favourite Irish player ever.

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