Olympic biographies – Paul Gleghorne

Debut: vs France, June 2009 (3-1 win)
Age: 28
Caps: 156
International goals: 8
Current club: Lisnagarvey
Previous clubs: Instonians, Loughborough University (England)
School: RBAI
Position: Defender

Paul Gleghorne. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Paul Gleghorne. Pic: Adrian Boehm

A teak-tough defender, usually in the central role alongside fellow twin tower Conor Harte, Paul Gleghorne is one of the best tacklers in the world game with an uncanny knack for nicking possession.

Indeed, his bravery and ability to put his body where previous few others would dare was typified in Ireland’s 4-2 win over England in the European Championships bronze medal match when he tore muscles in his shoulder but still exited the game as player of the match.

It was made all the sweeter as he was playing against his older brother Mark, a former Irish international who has since declared for England and Great Britain. Paul is an accountant and played in the tournament due to taking unpaid leave.

With Ireland, he quickly became a central figure for Ireland after making his debut in 2009, called into the World Cup qualifiers panel after just five caps and three months after his debut. He has been an ever-present in major tournaments ever since.

His school days were spent alongside Mikey Watt all the way with RBAI and Instonians before his studies took him to England where he played with Loughborough Students. He returned to Ireland and Inst before switching to Lisnagarvey last season, helping the side win the inaugural EY Hockey League.

Twitter: @PaulGleghorne

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