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