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John McGreal

Personal information
Full nameJohn Leslie McGreal
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionDefender

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John Leslie McGreal (born 2 June 1972 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England) is an English footballer who is an experienced central defender. He was educated in Liverpool at the all-boys'De La Salle School, (home to other famous names such as Olympian Steve Smith, Brian Reade, Franny Jeffers & Wayne Rooney) with his best mates Tony Stewart, Michael Morgan & Tony Simpson.

Having been the linchpin of Ipswich's rise to premiership success, and playing European football John was released after injury and signed for the Clarets in the summer of 2004. He made 139 appearances for Town having previously played for Tranmere Rovers where he was one of the highest rated defenders in the First Division before his £650,000 move to Ipswich Town in 1999, memorably scoring the first goal at the Gwladys Street end in a famous 3-0 rout of Everton at Goodison Park.McGreal joined Burnley in 2004 and proved to be an excellent signing and was a key figure in improving the team's defensive record in the 2004/05 season. He played alongside Gary Cahill, on loan from Aston Villa and was key in the young central-defender's growth and development. McGreal is known for his aerial ability, commanding nature and tough, no-nonsense attitude. Despite his attributes, he was pushed out of the Burnley first team towards the end of the 2005/06 season by Mike Duff. A combination of injuries and strength in depth in Burnley's squad at centre-back saw McGreal used less frequently in the 2006-07 season. He was not offered a contract at the end of the 2006-07 season and was released on 8 May 2007. He scored once during his spell at Burnley, his goal coming in a 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra on 11 September 2004.

He is currently a youth team trainer at Colchester United.




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