Paul McGregor (footballer)

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Paul McGregor
Personal information
Full name Paul Anthony McGregor
Date of birth (1974-12-17) 17 December 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1999 Nottingham Forest 30 (3)
1998 Carlisle United (loan) 10 (3)
1999 Preston North End (loan) 3 (0)
1999–2001 Plymouth Argyle 77 (19)
2001–2003 Northampton Town 62 (5)
Total 182 (30)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Anthony McGregor (born 17 December 1974 in Liverpool) is a former English professional footballer and lead singer of London based punk band Ulterior where he is known under the stage name Honey.

As a footballer he was a striker from 1991 to 2003, notably playing in the Premier League and UEFA Cup for Nottingham Forest. He also appeared in the Football League for Carlisle United, Preston North End, Plymouth Argyle and Northampton Town before retiring from professional football at the age of 29 to take up a career in music.

Football career[edit]

A product of the youth system at Nottingham Forest, McGregor made a number of first team appearances, although he did not quite manage to cement a regular spot in the line-up. Despite this he made some impact on the first team and is well remembered by the club's supporters for scoring the winning goal in a match against Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Cup 1995-96, a goal which put Forest in the quarter-finals of the competition.[1] Whilst at the club McGregor also sang with Britpop band Merc, although the group did not have any success.[2]

Falling out of favour at Forest, McGregor spent spells on loan at Carlisle United and Preston North End before completing a permanent move to Plymouth Argyle in 1999. McGregor enjoyed a rich vein of form at Argyle and was the club's top scorer in the 1999–2000 season, hitting 16 goals in all competitions, including two hat-tricks.[3] His form earned him the Plymouth Argyle F.C. Player of the Year award for 2000. The following season, however, the goals dried up and he moved on a free to Northampton Town for a spell that was blighted by injury.[3] Making his final appearance for the Cobblers as a substitute in a 2–0 defeat to Oldham in March 2003, McGregor left the game at the end of the 2002–3 season.

Music career[edit]

Whilst a player with Nottingham Forest, he was part of a Britpop band called Merc, who played a gig at Rock City in Nottingham which was meant to be attended by Alan McGee, however he failed to turn up.[4]

McGregor, now nicknamed "Honey", his brother Benn (MCG), and guitarist Paul Simmons (Simmons) formed a three piece band in late 2006, calling themselves Ulterior. Shortly after in 2007, Karl Januskevicius[5] (Motorcycle Boy) joined Ulterior full-time on synthesizer helping to develop the band's sound.

After emerging onto the London scene with a string of live warehouse performances and their debut single "Weapons" in tow, Ulterior achieved a cult underground following. They were asked to support The Horrors at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 at The London Astoria.[6] Ulterior followed up their hype with the collectable EP entitled 15, a limited edition 12" vinyl released in three different colours: white, cream and neon orange.

After having gained notoriety across Europe and the UK music scene for their live shows, "consistently playing some of the most intense gigs in the past couple of years"The Quietus,[7] and having also garnered attention from the gothic rock scene after touring throughout Europe with The Sisters of Mercy (9–23 March 2009),[8] Ulterior released their follow-up single, a 10" double A side vinyl entitled "Sister Speed"/"Aporia".

2008 saw Januskevicius move onto bass guitar as the band's direction further evolved. In February 2009, Januskevicius quit the band citing health and personal problems on the eve of their European tour with The Sisters of Mercy. Januskevicius was replaced by Michael Ellis (Mickey).

Ulterior have featured in printed press such as NME, Stool Pigeon, Vice Magazine and Artrocker. They have worked with Zlaya Hadzic,[9] a Bosnian born music producer based at Amsterdam's famous Studio 150. Hadzic has recorded and mixed for Sonic Youth and Tortoise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top 30 Players
  2. ^ The footballers who make sweet music
  3. ^ a b Player Profile PAUL MCGREGOR
  4. ^ Forest 24–7 (29 March 2011). "Forest 24–7: Remember Them?... Paul McGregor". Forest24-7.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Karl Januskevicius Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Horrors play packed Shockwaves NME Awards Show | News". Nme.Com. 17 February 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Features | Escape Velocity | The First Quietus New Band Ulterior Talk Noise, Sex & Hot Leather". The Quietus. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sisters Gigography". The-sisters-of-mercy.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Zlaya Hadzich Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 

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