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PAUL
McCARTHY
(Defender)
Born: 4 Aug 1971
Where: Cork
Joined Wycombe: Summer 1996 - 100,000 from Brighton
Wycombe Debut: Shrewsbury 1 Wycombe 1 - 18th Aug 1996 - Div 2
First Wycombe goal: Wycombe 1 Nottm' Forest 1 - 24th Sep 1996 - CC
Final Game: Wycombe 0 Huddersfield 0 - 8th Feb 2003 - Div 2
Left Wycombe: May 2003 - to Oxford United - free transfer.
Paul McCarthy - picture Paul Dennis
Career summary at Wycombe
259 apps - 19 goals
Career Details including detailed breakdown while at Wycombe
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
Apr86-July96 Brighton & Hove Albion 180(1) 6 36 2
1996/1997 Wycombe Wanderers 36(3) 0 9 1
1997/1998 Wycombe Wanderers 28(3) 1 4 0
1998/1999 Wycombe Wanderers 26(3) 1 6(1) 0
1999/2000 Wycombe Wanderers 20(1) 1 3 1
2000/2001 Wycombe Wanderers 38 2 15 6
2001/2002 Wycombe Wanderers 28 3 4 0
2002/2003 Wycombe Wanderers 22(2) 1 5 2
2002/2003 Oxford United - - - -
Background: A rare signing of quality by Alan Smith, arriving from Brighton & Hove Albion for a tribunal set fee of 100,000. The former Republic of Ireland Under 21 International joined Brighton as trainee in 1989 and went on to make close to 200 appearances for the South Coast side.
What we think: After an indifferent start at Wycombe, went on to command a place in the centre of defence. Injury forced him out of the side towards the end of the 1997/98 campaign but he won his place back during the 1998/99 season and under Lawrie Sanchez has become key player and a firm favourite with the the fans. During the 2000/2001 season bagged eight goals including six during the run to the Semi-Final of the FA Cup where he stepped up to legend status amongst Wycombe players. Was finally edged out of the side during the second-half of the 2002/3 campaign after a series of niggling injuries seemed to affect his form. Unfortunately out of contract at the end of the same season and was shown the door as part of a cost cutting exercise. Will always be remembered as a Wycombe hero and a player whose experienced help nuture the talents of younger defenders such as Roger Johnson.
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