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1975–1976  Hellenic
Playing position  Utility player
Name  Paul Shrubb

Years  Team
Role  Footballer
1972–1975  Fulham
Position  Utility player
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Date of birth  (1955-08-01) 1 August 1955 (age 60)

Place of birth  Guildford, England

Paul Shrubb (born 1 August 1955) is an English retired professional footballer, coach and scout who made 350 appearances as a player in the Football League, most notably for Brentford and Aldershot. He later returned to Aldershot as assistant manager and coached at a number of non-league clubs.

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Fulham

Shrubb began his career in the youth system at Division Two side Fulham, signing his first professional contract in 1972. He made his debut during the 1972–73 season, but that would be his only appearance before his departure in 1975.

Hellenic

Shrubb moved to South Africa to sign for National Football League side Hellenic in 1975. The high point of his time with the club was reaching the final of the 1976 NFL Cup, which was lost to Cape Town City.

Brentford

Shrubb returned to England and joined Division Four side Brentford in March 1977. With a small squad of players, Shrubb blossomed as a utility player in defence and midfield and contributed to the Bees' promotion to Division Three in the 1977–78 season. Shrubb took over the captain's armband from Jackie Graham for a time, when Graham was out injured. Shrubb missed only a handful of games per season until the 1981–82 campaign, when he was dropped early in the season. He departed the Bees in August 1982, having made 198 appearances and scored eight goals during his five years with the club.

Aldershot

Shrubb signed for Division Four side Aldershot in August 1982, returning to the club after a failed trial at age 11. He made 174 league appearances during a five-season spell, leaving after the Shots' success in the 1987 Division Four playoff final, which saw the club returned to Division Three for the first time in 30 years. He put his skills as a utility player to good use, wearing every single shirt number (1–11) during his time with the club.

Non-league football

Shrubb dropped into Non-League football in 1987 and had spells with Isthmian League sides Woking, Dorking, Leatherhead, Cove and Wessex League side Fleet Town.

Return to Aldershot

Shrubb returned to Aldershot in 1992, signing for Isthmian League Division Three phoenix club Aldershot Town. The Shots won the Division Three championship during the 1992–93 season and secured promotion to Division One in the following campaign. He made 31 appearances before retiring in January 1995. Shrubb was awarded a testimonial versus Charlton Athletic on 1 August 2007, in recognition of his service to the club.

Management and coaching career

Between 1987 and 1992, Shrubb held player-coach roles with Woking, Dorking, Leatherhead, Fleet Town and Cove. When he returned to Aldershot in 1992, he became player-assistant manager of the club and was caretaker manager for one match in 1995, after the departure of Steve Wignall. He was offered the job on a permanent basis but turned it down, citing work commitments. After his retirement from playing, Shrubb served as Steve Wigley's assistant, before departing the Recreation Ground for the final time in 1997. He later served Hampton and Kingstonian as a coach, resigning from the latter club in April 2001, in protest over the sacking of fellow coach Ian McDonald.

Scouting career

Shrubb served as a scout at Charlton Athletic, Plymouth Argyle and AFC Wimbledon. While with Plymouth, he worked alongside former Aldershot teammate Andy King.

Personal life

Shrubb lives in Aldershot and ran his own window cleaning business. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in January 2006 and was given two years to live by doctors. The condition forced Shrubb to give up full-time work in 2009.

Honours

Brentford

  • Football League Fourth Division fourth-place promotion: 1977–78
  • Aldershot/Aldershot Town

  • Football League Division Four playoffs: 1986–87
  • Isthmian League Division Three: 1992–93
  • Dorking

  • Surrey Senior Cup: 1989–90
  • References

    Paul Shrubb Wikipedia