Paul Ifill

Paul Ifill

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Paul Everton Ifill (born 20 October 1979 in Brighton, England) is a Barbadian British football who plays for Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League.

Club career

After rejection from Watford's youth team as a 16-year-old, Ifill went back to his home town, Brighton. He enrolled on a physical education course at college and played non-League football in the same Saltdean United team as his father.

Millwall

He was scouted by Jeff Burnidge and Mick Beard after being tipped off by a former Millwall player and was signed by Millwall as a centre-forward.

After suffering injury at a crucial time between contracts he was given just one month to prove himself by manager Billy Bonds. Ifill responded by scoring four goals the next Saturday and two more the following week.

Injuries led to Millwall switching him to midfield, but a recurring back injury prevented him from sprinting, a basic requirement for a winger. Despite seeing a number of different specialists, he was out for three months, and was in danger of having to end his career. Fortunately, a Harley Street consultant diagnosed a pelvic flaw pressing on a nerve, the day after treatment he was able to sprint again. He was a member of the team that reached the 2004 FA Cup Final, where they lost to Manchester United.

Sheffield United

He signed for Sheffield United in May 2005 for £800,000, after making over 200 league appearances at The New Den.

In his first season at Bramall Lane, United raced into a large lead, and...
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