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MIKE McGRATH | DEFENCE/MIDFIELD

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BORN
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Birmingham
4.9.1985
5ft 10"

 

PLAYER BIO

Vastly experienced non-league performer, comfortable either as centre-back or as a holding midfielder, who rejoined the Pitmen in February 2024 after leaving his role as player/manager of Bromsgrove Sporting


A former youth player at Kidderminster Harriers who joined Redditch as a trainee in the summer of 2005, McGrath rejoined Harriers towards the end of the 2005-2006 campaign, signing a one-year deal to return to Aggborough. He made an immediate impact in Mark Yates's Harriers side, with Kidderminster quickly extending his deal by a further two years in 2007 to ward off interest from several Football League clubs

This, however, was to prove an unlucky omen for McGrath, who spent much of the following two seasons struggling with injuries and loss of form. He lost his place in the side during the 2008-2009 season and was loaned out to local rivals Worcester City for three months to gain much-needed match practice

He was finally released by mutual consent in January 2009, and after a trial at Oxford United ended up in the Republic of Ireland in February 2009 at Galway United. McGrath appeared twenty times for Galway before making the switch to league rivals Sligo Rovers in July 2007, making a further four appearances

He returned to former club Redditch in December 2009, playing for the Reds for the remainder of the 2009-2010 campaign and agreeing a deal for the following season in the summer of 2010. His second spell at the Valley Stadium ended in October 2010 as he joined Southern Premier League neighbours Halesowen Town, where he made twenty appearances. He finished the season with Evesham United, before rejoining Halesowen for the start of the 2011-2012 campaign

Another twenty-two appearances for the Yeltz saw other sides take a look at McGrath in the summer of 2012, with Blue Square North side AFC Telford United taking the player on trial in July 2012. He played one game for the Bucks against Market Drayton Town before being released

McGrath then took some time away from football, before returning to the sport in 2014 by joining Stourport Swifts. He spent the 2014-2015 campaign yo-yoing between Stourport and Midland Alliance rivals Alvechurch, before making the step back up into the Evo-Stik Premier League in the summer of 2015 by joining Rushall Olympic

After four months at Rushall, McGrath stepped down a level to join former Hednesford midfielder Carl Adams at Stratford, before becoming Liam McDonald's latest acquisition at Keys Park in early June 2016. After starting the season in the first XI, a poor performance at Ashton United saw McGrath lose his place in the side and was released in September by McDonald. He joined the reformed Hereford FC the following week and was to have a major impact on the Bulls side as they swept to the Southern Premier League South West title at the end of the season. McGrath spent time out on loan at Studley towards the end of the campaign to gain valuable match time

2017-2018 saw Hereford continue their upward curve as they earned themselves back-to-back promotions, with McGrath falling out of favour and leaving in November 2018, joining up with another reformed club - Bromsgrove Sporting - the following month

After eleven starts for the Rouslers, McGrath rejoined Redditch for the remainder of the season before continuing his trip around the West Midlands non-league grounds with a summer move to Stourbridge. After playing in several pre-season games for the Glassboys, McGrath departed before the start of the start of the 2019-2020 season to rejoin Evesham United for a short spell

A return to step two saw McGrath join Vanarama National League North side Kettering Town in August 2019, where he was to hit the headlines on multiple occasions for disciplinary issues; in November 2019, he was red carded in a game against Guiseley and reported to the FA by the referee for his reaction, followed by a more serious issue after he had been sent off against Leamington in January 2020. This led to a whopping 35-game ban handed to the player, who left Latimer Park at the end of the 2020-2021 season and essentially had to sit out the majority of the 2021-2022 campaign

In March 2022, with his ban finally up, veteran utility man McGrath joined Bromsgrove for a second time, showing remarkable consistency for the Rouslers in the next two years as he was a virtual ever-present in the ranks. In October 2022, he was handed the managerial reins at the Victoria Ground after Tim Baillie had departed with Sporting in a precarious position in the Southern Premier League Central table. Player/manager McGrath managed to steer his side away from the drop zone and was rewarded with an extension to his deal in the summer of 2023

After an indifferent run of results at the start of 2024, Sporting parted company with McGrath in February 2024, with Hednesford manager Harry Harris - in desperate need of some muscle and know-how to his side - bringing McGrath back to Keys Park the following week

 

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