Paul McGrillen

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Paul McGrillen
Personal information
Full name Paul McGrillen
Date of birth (1971-08-19)19 August 1971
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 29 July 2009(2009-07-29) (aged 37)
Place of death Hamilton, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Motherwell 87 (13)
1995–1998 Falkirk 80 (20)
1998–1999 Airdrieonians 23 (1)
1999 East Fife 3 (1)
1999–2000 Stirling Albion 29 (11)
2000–2001 Partick Thistle 19 (6)
2001–2002 Clydebank 33 (7)
2004–2006 Stenhousemuir 65 (33)
2006–2007 Bellshill Athletic
2007 Stranraer 8 (1)
2008–2009 Bathgate Thistle
National team
1993 Scotland U21[1] 2 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Bellshill Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul McGrillen (19 August 1971 – 29 July 2009) was a Scottish footballer who played as a striker for clubs including Motherwell, Falkirk, Airdrieonians and East Fife in the Scottish leagues. After retiring from senior football, he played in the Scottish minor leagues and was playing for Bathgate Thistle as this level when he took his own life in July 2009, when aged 37.

Career[edit]

McGrillen spent his early career with Motherwell, being part of Motherwell's Scottish Cup-winning squad in 1991 (although not appearing in the Final itself), while also winning the Scottish Challenge Cup with Falkirk in 1997-98. Following his departure from Brockville in 1998, McGrillen began a series of spells with lower league clubs, taking up a player/manager role with Bellshill Athletic between 2006 and 2007. In 2008, McGrillen won the Scottish Junior Cup with his final club Bathgate.

On 11 September 2008, McGrillen played for a Motherwell side in Dougie Arnott's belated testimonial match against an Old Firm select.[2]

Death[edit]

McGrillen was found dead at his home in Hamilton on 29 July 2009, as a result of suicide by hanging, but without leaving a note.[3][4][5]

Honours[edit]

Motherwell
1990-91
Falkirk
1997-98
Bathgate
2007-08

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fitbastats.com/scotlandu21/player.php?playerid=236
  2. ^ "Boyd back at Fir park for Dougie's big night". Motherwell Times. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Paul McGrillen Suicide Mystery". The Sun. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "I have not full accepted my husband is dead, reveals widow of football ace Paul McGrillen". Daily Record. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Kenny McAlpine and Irina Nelson (31 July 2009). "Star McGrillen found hanged". The Sun. 

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