Paul McShane (footballer)

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Paul McShane
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McShane with the Republic of Ireland in 2013
Personal information
Full name Paul David McShane[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 32)[2]
Place of birth Wicklow, Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Reading
Number 5
Youth career
St Joseph's Boys
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2004–2005 Walsall (loan) 4 (1)
2005–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 38 (4)
2006–2007 West Bromwich Albion 32 (2)
2007–2009 Sunderland 24 (0)
2008–2009 Hull City (loan) 17 (1)
2009–2015 Hull City 102 (3)
2011 Barnsley (loan) 10 (1)
2012 Crystal Palace (loan) 11 (0)
2015– Reading 91 (3)
National team
2005–2006 Republic of Ireland U21 9 (1)
2006– Republic of Ireland 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:37, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:37, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Paul David McShane (born 6 January 1986) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Reading and the Republic of Ireland national team.

McShane won the 2003 FA Youth Cup with Manchester United. He had stints with Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland before his transfer to Hull City. He worked his way into the Republic of Ireland national team, making his debut in 2006. He was then called in from the international wilderness to the Irish squad for UEFA Euro 2012.

Early life[edit]

Born in Wicklow, County Wicklow,[2] McShane started his career with Greystones United, as well as playing for Newtown Juniors and his secondary school, St. David's.[citation needed] He later joined St Joseph's Boys, a club based in south Dublin.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

In the summer of 2002, he signed for Manchester United.[3] In December 2004, he was loaned to Walsall,[4] where he played four league matches and scored once against Sheffield Wednesday.[5] He played for Manchester United in the final of the 2003 FA Youth Cup in which they defeated Middlesbrough 3–1.[6]

He played in pre-season friendly matches and was given the squad number 34, but did not make a full debut for Manchester United.[citation needed]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

In August 2005, he moved to Brighton & Hove Albion on an initial five-month loan deal.[7] The loan was later extended for the whole of the 2005–06 season.[8] McShane was voted Player of the Season by the supporters, as well as the away supporters' Player of the Season.[8]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

On 10 August 2006, McShane and fellow 2003 FA Youth Cup winner Luke Steele moved to West Bromwich Albion on a permanent basis in a deal that saw Tomasz Kuszczak join United on a season-long loan with a permanent deal confirmed for the following summer.[9] He made his debut for West Brom in a 3–0 win over Leyton Orient in the League Cup on 24 August 2006.[10] His goal against Leeds United in the FA Cup on 6 January 2007 sent Albion on their way to a 3–1 victory.[11] It was the first of three goals he scored in 42 appearances for the club.[12]

Sunderland[edit]

On 26 July 2007, McShane joined Sunderland for an initial £1.5 million fee.[13] McShane's first match for the Black Cats ended in success – his performance helping Sunderland to a clean sheet and a 1–0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.[14]

Hull City[edit]

McShane playing for Hull City in 2011

On 29 August 2008, Sunderland accepted a loan offer for McShane from Hull City, who were newly promoted to the Premier League.[15] While playing for Hull, he scored the opening goal at Anfield in a league match versus Liverpool on 13 December 2008.[16] His last match during his loan spell for Hull was an FA Cup victory over Newcastle United on 14 January 2009, as he was recalled to Sunderland by manager Ricky Sbragia.[17]

On 30 August 2009, McShane rejoined Hull on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.[18] On 16 February 2011, he joined Barnsley on a two-month loan, but Hull were given the option to recall him after 28 days.[19] He scored his first goal for Barnsley in a 4–2 win over Bristol City on 9 April 2011.[20]

On 13 January 2012, McShane joined Crystal Palace on a one-month loan.[21] McShane's loan at Palace was extended until the end of the 2011–12 season on 31 January 2012.[22]

The 2012–13 season started more positively for McShane than his previous few seasons at Hull as he enjoyed regular appearances under new manager Steve Bruce, often being deployed as part of Hull's new system of a three-man defence.[citation needed] He scored his first goal in over four years on 1 December 2012, shouldering the ball home to help Hull to a 2–1 victory at Nottingham Forest.[23] More solid performances at the heart of the Tigers' defence followed for McShane in 27 appearances that season, until he was ruled out for the rest of the campaign with ankle ligament damage suffered in a match, again against Nottingham Forest.[citation needed] With his contract running out at the end of the season, this injury put McShane's long-term future at the club in doubt.[24] However, McShane returned to the team unexpectedly before the end of the season.[citation needed] On 4 May 2013, McShane started on the final day of the season in a match against Cardiff City, a match which the Tigers had to win to guarantee promotion to the Premier League.[25] In the 63rd minute of the match, an inswinging corner from Robbie Brady was met by the right foot of McShane, who saw the ball nestle in the corner of the net to give his team the lead.[25] This meant the Irishman had potentially scored the goal to promote Hull (although Watford's subsequent loss to Leeds United meant they achieved this regardless).[25] In the aftermath of the match, Stephen Quinn, talking of his teammate, said "Mac's my age and I want to be like him. I want to structure my life like him. He dedicates his whole life to playing. He's had knock-downs in the past but that's the measure of the man. That's why I like him even more, he comes back from anything like that. He's an almighty man who you want in the trenches wherever you go." Steve Bruce later confirmed that McShane would be offered a new contract for the next season in the top flight.[26] On 8 July 2013, McShane signed a new two-year deal with Hull City.[27]

McShane's 2013–14 Premier League season started slowly as he was mainly named as a substitute for the opening two months of the campaign, but was finally included in the starting eleven away against Tottenham, a match in which he was successful in keeping the home side out up until a controversial 80th-minute penalty.[28] He started the next match, again away at Tottenham but this time in the League Cup three days later, and put in a similarly impressive performance, scoring a header in the 99th minute past a helpless Brad Friedel.[29] He followed this up next Saturday with another impressive display, earning the Tigers a clean sheet in a 1–0 win over Sunderland.[30] On 17 May 2014, he played as a substitute in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Arsenal.[31]

On 28 May 2015, Hull City released McShane and five other players who were out of contract at the end of the 2014–15 season.[32]

Reading[edit]

On 2 July 2015, McShane signed a three-year contract with Reading.[33] He made his first professional appearance for the Royals on 8 August 2015 in a 2–1 defeat away to Birmingham City.[34] McShane's first goal for Reading came during a 3–1 victory against his former club West Bromwich Albion on 20 February 2016, where he scored the equaliser during the FA Cup Fifth Round match at the Madejski Stadium.[35]

International career[edit]

McShane with the Republic of Ireland in 2012

McShane received his first senior international call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad from manager Steve Staunton on 25 September 2006, for the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifiers against Cyprus and the Czech Republic.[36] An injury to Andy O'Brien and the suspension of Richard Dunne (the two central defenders that had started the match against Cyprus) meant that McShane was given his first international cap against the Czech Republic on 11 October 2006.[37] The match ended in a 1–1 draw, with McShane being named man of the match.[38] McShane was part of the team that missed out on place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after being defeated by France in Paris in a play-off, and was the Irish player directly behind Thierry Henry[39] when Henry twice handballed late in extra-time before crossing for William Gallas to score an illegitimate, but accepted, goal.[40]

On 29 May 2012, he was called in from the international wilderness to the Irish UEFA Euro 2012 squad following an injury to Kevin Foley ahead of the tournament.[41]

Style of play[edit]

Eamon Dunphy once compared McShane to Spanish international defender Sergio Ramos, labelling Sergio Ramos "...like Paul McShane on steroids".[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of end of 2017–18 season
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2004–05[43] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005–06[44] Premier League 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Walsall (loan) 2004–05[43] League One 4 1 4 1
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 2005–06[44] Championship 38 4 1 0 1 0 40 4
West Bromwich Albion 2006–07[12] Championship 32 2 4 1 3 0 3[a] 0 42 3
Sunderland 2007–08[45] Premier League 21 0 1 0 0 0 22 0
2008–09[46] Premier League 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2009–10[47] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 24 0 1 0 0 0 25 0
Hull City (loan) 2008–09[46] Premier League 17 1 2 0 19 1
Hull City 2009–10[47] Premier League 27 0 0 0 1 0 28 0
2010–11[48] Championship 19 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
2011–12[49] Championship 1 0 1 0 2 0
2012–13[50] Championship 25 2 3 0 1 0 29 2
2013–14[51] Premier League 10 0 3 0 2 1 15 1
2014–15[52] Premier League 20 1 1 0 1 0 1[b] 0 23 1
Total 119 4 10 0 6 1 1 0 136 5
Barnsley (loan) 2010–11[48] Championship 10 1 10 1
Crystal Palace (loan) 2011–12[49] Championship 11 0 1 0 12 0
Reading 2015–16[53] Championship 35 0 3 1 2 0 40 1
2016–17[54] Championship 30 3 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 31 3
2017–18[55] Championship 26 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
Total 91 3 4 1 2 0 1 0 98 4
Career total 329 15 20 2 13 1 5 0 367 18
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Championship play-offs
  2. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 29 March 2016[56]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2006 2 0
2007 7 0
2008 5 0
2009 6 0
2010 3 0
2011 3 0
2012 2 0
2013 3 0
2015 1 0
2016 1 0
Total 33 0

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

Hull City

Republic of Ireland

References[edit]

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