Paul Ince

Date of birth21 October 1967
Place of birthIlford
NationalityEnglish
Weight77 kg
Height1.80 m
PositionMidfielder

One of Manchester United's best ever midfielders, his powerful style played a great part in their 1990s Premiership dominance.

Signed from West Ham in acrimonious circumstances which guaranteed a hostile reception whenever he played at Upton Park. At Old Trafford he won two Premier League titles (1993, 1994), two FA Cups (1990, 1994), the League Cup (1992) and European Cup Winners' Cup (1991). The football world was astonished when United released Ince, Hughes and Kanchelskis in summer 1995 but Alex Ferguson had the last laugh as his 'team of kids' won another double.

Paul was picked up by Liverpool manager Roy Evans from Inter Milan, but never really recaptured his earlier form.

With tensions growing between him and management he moved on to Middlesbrough.
As Boro skipper, Paul led the team by sheer determination and example, and his battling displays in the centre of the park ensured that no one was ever left in any doubt as to who controlled the midfield.
He tackled with frightening zeal and showed a gritty tenaciousness and ferocity in the application of his football skills.
Paul's contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers was extended to June 2006 in June 2005.
He joined Swindon Town as player / coach in August 2006 with a one-year contract.

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1986-87 West Ham United FA Cup 1
1986-87 West Ham United League Division One 7
3
1
1987-88 West Ham United FA Cup
1
1987-88 West Ham United League Division One 26
2
3
1987-88 West Ham United Littlewoods Cup 2
1988-89 West Ham United FA Cup 7
1
1988-89 West Ham United League Division One 32
1
3
1988-89 West Ham United Littlewoods Cup 6
3
1989-90 Manchester United FA Cup 6
1
1989-90 Manchester United League Division One 25
1
1989-90 Manchester United Littlewoods Cup 3
2
1989-90 West Ham United League Division Two 1
1990-91 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1990-91 Manchester United FA Cup 2
1990-91 Manchester United League Division One 31
3
1990-91 Manchester United Rumbelows League Cup 6
1990-91 Manchester United UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 7
1991-92 Manchester United FA Cup 3
1991-92 Manchester United League Division One 31
2
3
1991-92 Manchester United Rumbelows League Cup 6
1
1991-92 Manchester United UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 3
1991-92 Manchester United UEFA Super Cup 1
1992-93 Manchester United Coca-Cola League Cup 3
1992-93 Manchester United FA Cup 2
1992-93 Manchester United Premier League 41
6
4
1992-93 Manchester United UEFA Cup 1
1993-94 Manchester United Coca-Cola League Cup 5
1993-94 Manchester United European Cup 4
1993-94 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1993-94 Manchester United FA Cup 7
1
1993-94 Manchester United Premier League 39
8
6
1994-95 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1
1994-95 Manchester United FA Cup 6
1994-95 Manchester United Premier League 36
5
5
1994-95 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 5
1997-98 Europe International 1
1997-98 Liverpool Coca-Cola League Cup 4
2
1997-98 Liverpool FA Cup 1
1
1997-98 Liverpool Premier League 31
8
8
1997-98 Liverpool UEFA Cup 4
1998-99 Liverpool FA Cup 2
1
1998-99 Liverpool Premier League 34
6
9
1998-99 Liverpool UEFA Cup 3
1
1998-99 Liverpool Worthington Cup 2
1
1999-00 Middlesbrough Premier League 32
3
7
1999-00 Middlesbrough Worthington Cup 3
1
1
2000-01 Middlesbrough FA Cup 3
2000-01 Middlesbrough Premier League 30
2
7
2000-01 Middlesbrough Worthington Cup 2
1
2001-02 Middlesbrough FA Cup 4
1
1
2001-02 Middlesbrough Premier League 31
2
11
1
2001-02 Middlesbrough Worthington Cup 1
2002-03 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 3
1
2002-03 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Division 1 35
2
2
11
2002-03 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Division 1 Play-Offs 3
1
2002-03 Wolverhampton Wanderers Worthington Cup 1
1
1
2003-04 Wolverhampton Wanderers Carling Cup 2
2003-04 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 1
2003-04 Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League 32
2
13
1
2004-05 Wolverhampton Wanderers Carling Cup 1
1
2004-05 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 2
1
2004-05 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Championship 25
3
3
7
2005-06 Wolverhampton Wanderers FA Cup 2
2005-06 Wolverhampton Wanderers League Championship 15
3
3
1
2006-07 Macclesfield Town League Two
1
2006-07 Swindon Town League Two 2
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
30 Nov 1986 Newcastle United v West Ham United L 4-0 League Division One
06 Dec 1986 West Ham United v Southampton W 3-1 League Division One
13 Dec 1986 Manchester City v West Ham United L 3-1 League Division One
27 Dec 1986 West Ham United v Wimbledon L 2-3 League Division One
03 Jan 1987 Liverpool v West Ham United L 1-0 League Division One
10 Jan 1987 Orient v West Ham United D 1-1 FA Cup 3rd round
28 Feb 1987 Luton Town v West Ham United L 2-1 League Division One
14 Mar 1987 West Ham United v Norwich City L 0-2 League Division One
02 May 1987 West Ham United v Newcastle United D 1-1 League Division One
04 May 1987 Southampton v West Ham United L 1-0 League Division One
09 May 1987 West Ham United v Manchester City W 2-0 League Division One
22 Aug 1987 Luton Town v West Ham United D 2-2 League Division One
29 Aug 1987 West Ham United v Norwich City W 2-0 League Division One
31 Aug 1987 Portsmouth v West Ham United L 2-1 League Division One
05 Sep 1987 West Ham United v Liverpool D 1-1 League Division One
12 Sep 1987 Wimbledon v West Ham United D 1-1 League Division One
19 Sep 1987 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-1 League Division One
22 Sep 1987 Barnsley v West Ham United D 0-0 Littlewoods Cup 2nd round 1st leg
26 Sep 1987 Arsenal v West Ham United L 1-0 League Division One
03 Oct 1987 West Ham United v Derby County D 1-1 League Division One
06 Oct 1987 West Ham United v Barnsley L 2-5 Littlewoods Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
10 Oct 1987 West Ham United v Charlton Athletic D 1-1 League Division One
17 Oct 1987 Oxford United v West Ham United W 1-2 League Division One
25 Oct 1987 West Ham United v Manchester United D 1-1 League Division One
31 Oct 1987 Watford v West Ham United W 1-2 League Division One
07 Nov 1987 West Ham United v Sheffield Wednesday L 0-1 League Division One
14 Nov 1987 Everton v West Ham United L 3-1 League Division One
21 Nov 1987 West Ham United v Nottingham Forest W 3-2 League Division One
28 Nov 1987 Coventry City v West Ham United D 0-0 League Division One
05 Dec 1987 West Ham United v Southampton W 2-1 League Division One
19 Dec 1987 West Ham United v Newcastle United W 2-1 League Division One
26 Dec 1987 West Ham United v Wimbledon L 1-2 League Division One
28 Dec 1987 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United L 2-1 League Division One
01 Jan 1988 Norwich City v West Ham United L 4-1 League Division One
02 Jan 1988 West Ham United v Luton Town D 1-1 League Division One
09 Jan 1988 West Ham United v Charlton Athletic W 2-0 FA Cup 3rd round
06 Feb 1988 Liverpool v West Ham United D 0-0 League Division One
13 Feb 1988 West Ham United v Portsmouth D 1-1 League Division One
27 Feb 1988 Derby County v West Ham United L 1-0 League Division One
05 Mar 1988 West Ham United v Oxford United D 1-1 League Division One
04 Apr 1988 West Ham United v Everton D 0-0 League Division One
23 Apr 1988 West Ham United v Coventry City D 1-1 League Division One
03 Sep 1988 West Ham United v Charlton Athletic L 1-3 League Division One
10 Sep 1988 Wimbledon v West Ham United W 0-1 League Division One
17 Sep 1988 West Ham United v Aston Villa D 2-2 League Division One
24 Sep 1988 Manchester United v West Ham United L 2-0 League Division One
27 Sep 1988 Sunderland v West Ham United W 0-3 Littlewoods Cup 2nd round 1st leg
01 Oct 1988 West Ham United v Arsenal L 1-4 League Division One
08 Oct 1988 Middlesbrough v West Ham United L 1-0 League Division One
12 Oct 1988 West Ham United v Sunderland W 2-1 Littlewoods Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
15 Oct 1988 Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United L 2-1 League Division One
22 Oct 1988 West Ham United v Newcastle United W 2-0 League Division One
29 Oct 1988 West Ham United v Liverpool L 0-2 League Division One
01 Nov 1988 West Ham United v Derby County W 5-0 Littlewoods Cup 3rd round
05 Nov 1988 Coventry City v West Ham United D 1-1 League Division One
12 Nov 1988 West Ham United v Nottingham Forest D 3-3 League Division One
19 Nov 1988 Luton Town v West Ham United L 4-1 League Division One
26 Nov 1988 West Ham United v Everton L 0-1 League Division One
30 Nov 1988 West Ham United v Liverpool W 4-1 Littlewoods Cup 4th round
03 Dec 1988 Millwall v West Ham United W 0-1 League Division One
10 Dec 1988 West Ham United v Sheffield Wednesday D 0-0 League Division One
17 Dec 1988 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur L 0-2 League Division One
27 Dec 1988 Norwich City v West Ham United L 2-1 League Division One
08 Jan 1989 West Ham United v Arsenal D 2-2 FA Cup 3rd round
11 Jan 1989 Arsenal v West Ham United W 0-1 FA Cup 3rd round replay
14 Jan 1989 Derby County v West Ham United W 1-2 League Division One
18 Jan 1989 West Ham United v Aston Villa W 2-1 Littlewoods Cup Quarter-final
21 Jan 1989 West Ham United v Manchester United L 1-3 League Division One
28 Jan 1989 Swindon Town v West Ham United D 0-0 FA Cup 4th round
01 Feb 1989 West Ham United v Swindon Town W 1-0 FA Cup 4th round replay
04 Feb 1989 Arsenal v West Ham United L 2-1 League Division One
12 Feb 1989 West Ham United v Luton Town L 0-3 Littlewoods Cup Semi-final 1st leg
18 Feb 1989 Charlton Athletic v West Ham United W 0-1 FA Cup 5th round
25 Feb 1989 West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers D 0-0 League Division One
11 Mar 1989 West Ham United v Coventry City D 1-1 League Division One
18 Mar 1989 West Ham United v Norwich City D 0-0 FA Cup Quarter-final
22 Mar 1989 Norwich City v West Ham United L 3-1 FA Cup Quarter-final replay
25 Mar 1989 Aston Villa v West Ham United W 0-1 League Division One
27 Mar 1989 West Ham United v Norwich City L 0-2 League Division One
01 Apr 1989 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United L 3-0 League Division One
08 Apr 1989 West Ham United v Derby County D 1-1 League Division One
15 Apr 1989 West Ham United v Southampton L 1-2 League Division One
22 Apr 1989 West Ham United v Millwall W 3-0 League Division One
03 May 1989 Newcastle United v West Ham United W 1-2 League Division One
06 May 1989 West Ham United v Luton Town W 1-0 League Division One
09 May 1989 Sheffield Wednesday v West Ham United W 0-2 League Division One
13 May 1989 Everton v West Ham United L 3-1 League Division One
23 May 1989 Liverpool v West Ham United L 5-1 League Division One
19 Aug 1989 Stoke City v West Ham United D 1-1 League Division Two


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
West Ham United 18 Jul 1985 14 Sep 1989
Manchester United 14 Sep 1989 13 Jul 1995
Internazionale 13 Jul 1995 22 Jul 1997
Liverpool 22 Jul 1997 03 Aug 1999
Middlesbrough 03 Aug 1999 30 Jun 2002
Wolverhampton Wanderers 06 Aug 2002 30 Jun 2006
Swindon Town 31 Aug 2006 04 Oct 2006
Macclesfield Town 23 Oct 2006 30 Jun 2007

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1986-87 England Under-19 Youth Tournament 1
1
1988-89 England UEFA Under-21 1
1989-90 England UEFA Under-21 1
1991-92 England B International 1
1992-93 England FIFA World Cup 5
1
1992-93 England International 1
1992-93 England US Cup 3
1993-94 England FIFA World Cup 3
2
1993-94 England International 2
1994-95 England International 2
1995-96 England International 3
1995-96 England UEFA European Championship 4
1995-96 England Unofficial 1
1996-97 England FIFA World Cup 6
1
1996-97 England International 1
1996-97 England Tournoi de France 2
1
1997-98 England FIFA World Cup 5
1
1997-98 England International 3
1
1997-98 England King Hassan II Cup 1
1998-99 England International 1
1998-99 England UEFA European Championship 1
1
1999-00 England International 2
1
1999-00 England UEFA European Championship 5
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
02 Jun 1987 Brazil v England L 2-0 U19 YOUTH TOUR
10 Jun 1987 Uruguay v England D 2-2 U19 YOUTH TOUR
07 Mar 1989 Albania v England W 1-2 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
05 Sep 1989 Sweden v England L 1-0 UEFA Under-21 Group 2
18 Feb 1992 England v France W 3-0 B INTER
09 Sep 1992 Spain v England L 1-0 International
14 Oct 1992 England v Norway D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
18 Nov 1992 England v Turkey W 4-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
31 Mar 1993 Turkey v England W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
28 Apr 1993 England v Netherlands D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
29 May 1993 Poland v England D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Jun 1993 USA v England L 2-0 US Cup
13 Jun 1993 England v Brazil D 1-1 US Cup
19 Jun 1993 England v Germany L 1-2 US Cup
08 Sep 1993 England v Poland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
13 Oct 1993 Netherlands v England L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
17 Nov 1993 San Marino v England W 1-7 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Mar 1994 England v Denmark W 1-0 International
22 May 1994 England v Norway D 0-0 International
12 Oct 1994 England v Romania D 1-1 International
15 Feb 1995 Republic of Ireland v England D 0-0 International
27 Mar 1996 England v Bulgaria W 1-0 International
24 Apr 1996 England v Croatia D 0-0 International
18 May 1996 England v Hungary W 3-0 International
26 May 1996 Hong Kong v England W 0-1 UNOFFICIAL
08 Jun 1996 England v Switzerland D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
15 Jun 1996 England v Scotland W 2-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
18 Jun 1996 England v Netherlands W 4-1 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
26 Jun 1996 England v Germany D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals semi-final
01 Sep 1996 Moldova v England W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Oct 1996 England v Poland W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
09 Nov 1996 Georgia v England W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
12 Feb 1997 England v Italy L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 2
29 Mar 1997 England v Mexico W 2-0 International
30 Apr 1997 England v Georgia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
31 May 1997 Poland v England W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 2
04 Jun 1997 Italy v England W 0-2 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
07 Jun 1997 France v England W 0-1 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
10 Jun 1997 Brazil v England L 1-0 TOURNOI DE FRANCE
11 Oct 1997 Italy v England D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Group 2
15 Nov 1997 England v Cameroon W 2-0 International
11 Feb 1998 England v Chile L 0-2 International
25 Mar 1998 Switzerland v England D 1-1 International
22 Apr 1998 England v Portugal W 3-0 International
27 May 1998 Morocco v England W 0-1 KING HASSAN II CUP
15 Jun 1998 England v Tunisia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
22 Jun 1998 Romania v England L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
26 Jun 1998 Colombia v England W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Finals group G
30 Jun 1998 Argentina v England D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Finals 2nd round
05 Sep 1998 Sweden v England L 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
10 Feb 1999 England v France L 0-2 International
10 Oct 1999 England v Belgium W 2-1 International
13 Nov 1999 Scotland v England W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Play-off 1st leg
17 Nov 1999 England v Scotland L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Play-off 2nd leg
27 May 2000 England v Brazil D 1-1 International
03 Jun 2000 Malta v England W 1-2 International
12 Jun 2000 Portugal v England L 3-2 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
17 Jun 2000 England v Germany W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A
20 Jun 2000 England v Romania L 2-3 UEFA European Championship Finals Group A


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.