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Paul Shirtliff

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Full namePaul Robert Shirtliff
Playing positionDefender

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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, who is currently assistant manager of Swindon Town.

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. He then dropped down to non-league level, and signed with Frickley Athletic in August 1985.

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. 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.

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

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

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