From The North West To The South West
Updated Thursday, 26th April 2007
We take a look at a player who was once a Pilgrim as well as a White throughout his career.
Footballers who have played league football for PNE & Plymouth Argyle
788) MAGEE Kevin (PNE signed May 93 26 app 1 goal) (Ply 4 apps 0 gls)
853) MCGREGOR Paul (PNE signed Mar 99 4 apps 0 gls) (Ply 77 apps 19 gls)
399) RAWLINGS Syd (PNE signed 1933/34 12 apps 0 gls) (Ply 56 apps 20 gls)
795) SALE Mark (PNE signed July 94 13 apps 7 gls) (Ply 8 apps 1 goal)
722) SHAW Graham (PNE signed July 89 121 apps 29 gls) (Ply 6 apps 0 gls)
629) TAYLOR Brian(PNE signed Oct 78 99 apps 1 goal) (Ply 35 apps 5 gls)
445) WHARTON Jackie (PNE signed 1939/40 28 apps 7 gls) (Ply 11 apps 2 gls)
Player Profile PAUL MCGREGOR
Paul Anthony McGregor was born in Liverpool on 17 December 1974. He was a prolific scorer and record-breaker in the Nottingham Forest youth side. He signed professional forms in December 1991 but didn't make his debut until 10 December 1994 against Ipswich. He was on the fringe of the Collymore / Roy & Bohinen 1994/95 team which finished third and was used as a regular substitute.
The following season saw McGregor get his chance due to injuries and lack of form for Silenzi. McGregor came of the bench to score the winning goal in a UEFA Cup match against Lyon after Stuart Pearce had missed the penalty. A week later he made his first start in a Premier League match by scoring in a 1-1 home draw with Manchester United as Forest took the lead in the 19 minute. McGregor scored a further league goal in March 1996 as Forest won at Sheffield Wednesday 3-1.
The return of Jason Lee and Kevin Campbell, his tendency to drift in and out of games plus an operation on a knee injury limited his first team opportunities. McGregor made 30 league appearances for Forest scoring 3 goals although only 7 of those appearances was from the starting line up. His last appearance for the club was in March 1997 in a 1-1 draw at Blackburn.
In September 1998 McGregor joined Carlisle for a three month loan. He made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury. McGregor scored in his next match on his home debut against Barnet as Carlisle won 2-1 and in his third game, scoring the only goal against Scarborough. An equaliser against Cambrige in December 1998 was his third and final goal for the club. He made ten league appearances and played his last match in a 1-1 draw on 19 January 1999 against Scunthorpe in the Auto Windowscreen Shield as Carlisle won the match on penalties.
McGregor joined Preston on 22 March 1999 and made his debut as a substitute five days later as PNE beat Northampton 3-0 at Deepdale. His only game in the starting eleven was in his second match as PNE lost 3-2 at Macclesfield, but was replaced in the 58 minute by Jon Macken. After being a substitute in the 2-2 draw at Millwall, McGregor made his fourth and last appearance for the club in the last home league game of the season on 1 May 1999 as PNE drew 1-1 with Notts County.
McGregor joined Plymouth on 12 June 1999 and made his debut on 7 August in a 2-1 defeat at Southend. His first goal for the club came in October as McGregor scored the only goal at Hull.
McGregor was the leader scorer for Plymouth in the 1999/2000 season with 16 goals in all competitions. This included two hat-tricks, the first in November in a 4-1 victory at home to Barnet whilst the second was in March 2000 as Plymouth beat Torquay 4-0 at Plainmoor.
McGregor scored three goals in his first four league / cup matches of the 2000/01 season and three goals in consecutive matches in October 2000. But his goal scoring touch deserted him, scoring only one further league goal for the remainder of the season. His final game for Plymouth was on 7 April 2001 in a 1-0 home win over Exeter. He had scored 19 goals from 77 appearances.
He joined Northampton in June 2001 and made his debut on 18 August 2001 in a 2-0 defeat at Stoke. McGregor scored in his second appearance as Northampton beat QPR 2-1 in the League Cup with McGregor scoring the winner in extra time.
McGregor suffered from injuries and made his last appearance for the club on 22 March 2003 as a substitute in a 2-0 home defeat against Oldham. He made 62 appearances for the club scoring 5 goals.
During the nineties whilst at Forest , McGregor used to sing with the indie band Merc.