Paul Shirtliff

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Paul Shirtliff
Personal information
Full name Paul Robert Shirtliff
Date of birth (1962-11-03)3 November 1962
Place of birth Hoyland, Barnsley, England
Date of death 13 September 2009(2009-09-13) (aged 46)
Place of death Barnsley,[1] England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Sheffield Wednesday 9 (0)
1984–1985 Northampton Town 29 (0)
1985–1988 Frickley Athletic
1988–1992 Boston United 153 (1)
1992–1993 Dagenham & Redbridge 33 (0)
1993–1994 Gateshead 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Robert Shirtliff (3 November 1962 – 13 September 2009) was an English footballer who played as a defender in The Football League for Sheffield Wednesday and Northampton Town, but spent the majority of his career in non-league football. He was the younger brother of former Sheffield Wednesday defender Peter Shirtliff.[2]

Like his brother, Paul Shirtliff began his career at Sheffield Wednesday, where he signed a professional contract in November 1980. However, unlike his brother, Paul never became a first-team regular at Hillsborough, and only played a handful of games for the club. In July 1984, he moved to Northampton Town on a free transfer. He spent one season with the Cobblers, playing 29 league games.[3] He then dropped down to non-league level, and signed with Frickley Athletic in August 1985.[4]

Shirtliff spent three seasons with Frickley, playing more than 150 games for the club, and was twice named the club's Supporters' Player of the Year.[4] In 1988, he moved to Boston United for a £12,500 transfer fee. In four years at York Street, Shirtliff played 197 first-team games for the Pilgrims, and scored two goals.[2]

In 1992, Shirtliff moved to Dagenham & Redbridge where he spent one season, and played 33 league games.[5]

Shirtliff died on 13 September 2009, aged 46, due to cancer.[4]


  1. ^ "Paul Shirtliff". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Boston United Roll Call". Boston United FC (unofficial website). Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database". Neil Brown. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paul Shirtliff 1962–2009". Unibond League official site. Retrieved 16 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Rollin, Jack (ed.) (1993). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1993–94. Headline Books. p. 930. ISBN 0-7472-7895-4.