Paul Shrubb - Brentford FC - RIP

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Bloody hell , RIP Paul.

lots of us will suddenly feel very old now
 
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Like all of us I am devastated at this news.

Leaving aside what a wholehearted servant he was to the club, playing almost everywhere and forming a wonderful if tiny central defensive partnership with Pat Kruse, he will be remembered for his bravery and selflessness in fighting off the deadly motor neurone disease for over 15 years since he was first diagnosed in 2006.

He was selfless and always thought of others and not his own plight, fought so very hard and never gave in or up.

I was fortunate enough to visit him with his good friend Paul Hewson back in 2014 and he and his wife Judith made me so welcome and he was wonderful company. Andy McCulloch - a great friend of his was also there and made it a memorable and unforgettable day.

There was not a bad bone in his body and we have lost a remarkably brave man.

I barely knew him but he made a massive impression on me.

RIP Paul.
 

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Been watching him play against Watford (3-3) on video this afternoon. Very sad. RIP Paul.
 

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Was a near-ever present in the promotion-winning side of 77/78 in my early days of supporting the Bees and I note that he was just a couple of months older than me. Always gave his all for the club.

RIP Shrubby and my condolences to his family and friends.
 

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I will give his wife a call in a few days to pass on all the thoughts being shown to Shrubby.

For his last 10 years, he continued to volunteer at a hospice for people with MND and gave them all an understanding that life just does not end and that
life is for living - he will be greatly missed by the hospice and everyone he helped.

His wife Judith was a rock for Paul and just a very nice lady - his children and grandchildren were a joy to be around.

RIP Paul - you will always be Brentford, the club you loved.
 

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RIP

One of that 1977/78 promotion squad you could reel off as a 12 year old.

Met him once at his house, a lovely fella.

Condolences to family and friends.
 

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Remember he actually played in goal, when probably Len Bond got injured.
RIP Paul.

:cry:
 

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Watched Paul play Many times, a lovely and very brave man, Once a bee always a bee. Heart goes out to his wife and family RIP. Paul.
 

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RIP Paul, man did we have some small defenders back then, Paul, Pat Kruse, Danny Salman even Jim McNicol wasn't a giant but they could all play. Motor neurone really is a despicable disease but brings with stories of incredible courage from people like Paul, Fernando Rickson, Doddie Weir and Rob Burrow.
 
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Jim Mcnichol One of the nicest lads I had the pleasure of playing with, good player and would do a good job wherever he played on the park.
My deepest condolences to all his family and friends.RIP Shrubby mate.
 

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Jim Mcnichol One of the nicest lads I had the pleasure of playing with, good player and would do a good job wherever he played on the park.
My deepest condolences to all his family and friends.RIP Shrubby mate.
Was that a tweet? Do you have link?
 

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I will give his wife a call in a few days to pass on all the thoughts being shown to Shrubby.

For his last 10 years, he continued to volunteer at a hospice for people with MND and gave them all an understanding that life just does not end and that
life is for living - he will be greatly missed by the hospice and everyone he helped.

His wife Judith was a rock for Paul and just a very nice lady - his children and grandchildren were a joy to be around.

RIP Paul - you will always be Brentford, the club you loved.
I am genuinely upset to hear this very sad news. When I worked for the club in the hospitality lounge, @Paul USA told me that he was bringing Paul Shrubb to a match,I am sure that it the Fulham game where Jota scored in the last minute, but @Paul USA will correct me if wrong.
@Paul USA knew that I liked collecting autographs of the players in my copy of 100 years of Brentford book and he said that he would bring Paul down to see me to sign my book at the end of the match and I was of course delighted.

At the end of the match I met both Pauls outside the lounge with my book ready open with a picture of Paul looking proud in his Brentford kit.

I was totally unaware that Paul Shrubb was ill, and you could see that he was, but he was so delighted to be asked to sign an autograph and have a little chat about his time at the Bees that he was determined to help me.

It was a monumental effort for him to sign, it took both hands to do so and I stood there humbled as he signed for me.

I thanked him warmly and his signature remains one of my most treasured. The determination of the man was incredible to help out a fellow Bee.

I have recounted this tale many times and it remains one of my highlights of my seven years working at the club. That five minute meeting has stayed with me.

Thanks to @Paul USA for arranging a humbling moment.

RIP Paul Shrubb, a very brave, determined man and thank you for everything on and off the pitch.
 

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RIP Paul. Loved watching you play even in those dark days of 76/77,but 77/78 was as brilliant for us as it was for you.
I remember running on the pitch after we beat Darlington and chasing Shrubby around the pitch in celebration.
One of my favourite players is Paul.
 

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Shocked at this news. A little bit of me died today.

Someone recounted Shrubby scoring against Bradford in a 4-0 win at GP. I believe this may have been 1976. If so my first game.

Lasting memory is that centre back partnership with Pat Kruse. This made him one of my first heroes.

Rest In Peace Paul. Thank you for being one of my heroes
 

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Shocked at this news. A little bit of me died today.

Someone recounted Shrubby scoring against Bradford in a 4-0 win at GP. I believe this may have been 1976. If so my first game.

Lasting memory is that centre back partnership with Pat Kruse. This made him one of my first heroes.

Rest In Peace Paul. Thank you for being one of my heroes
It was his first game too. RIP Paul.
 

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RIP Shrubby sad news , One of his goals always sticks in mind from that 77-78 season , Lovely shot across the keeper versus Huddersfield 1-1. I was only 7 but it has always stuck with me for some reason.
 

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RIP Shrubby.
This 17 year old just loved everything about that 78 promotion team and Shrubby was the one who just got on with the job in whatever position he played. A real team player and by all accounts a right good human being. Thoughts with family and close friends.
 

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Very sorry to hear this. Paul was a very hard-working player, and nowadays I seem to feel it even more keenly as players like Paul, who are part of the essential fabric of Brentford memories, leave the pitch for the last time.

Sincere condolences to all his family and friends.
 

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RIP Paul. Loved watching you play even in those dark days of 76/77,but 77/78 was as brilliant for us as it was for you.
I remember running on the pitch after we beat Darlington and chasing Shrubby around the pitch in celebration.
One of my favourite players is Paul.
That game is one of my earliest memories as a Bees fan, sad news indeed. Paul Shrubb along with Pat Kruse were rocks that season from what I recall.
 

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I only met Paul once but always enjoyed his 100% effort for the Bees.

A sad day with the passing of Paul, Rest In Peace.
 

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One of my favourite seasons 77/78. Bees were a joy to watch under Bill Dodgin in a similar way to today. Always loved and admired the commitment and determination Shrubby put in to every game. Never could believe how someone who looked five foot nothing could out jump some of those big lumps he came up against in div 4 in those days. He was a very shrewd signing and typified the club as we know it. No big bertie b****cks , big name dick head but someone who did a job for us.
 

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One of my favourite seasons 77/78. Bees were a joy to watch under Bill Dodgin in a similar way to today. Always loved and admired the commitment and determination Shrubby put in to every game. Never could believe how someone who looked five foot nothing could out jump some of those big lumps he came up against in div 4 in those days. He was a very shrewd signing and typified the club as we know it. No big bertie b****cks , big name dick head but someone who did a job for us.
Remember that Easter weekend? Played Friday, Saturday and Monday and won
all three games 1-0.
 
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Like all of us I am devastated at this news.

Leaving aside what a wholehearted servant he was to the club, playing almost everywhere and forming a wonderful if tiny central defensive partnership with Pat Kruse, he will be remembered for his bravery and selflessness in fighting off the deadly motor neurone disease for over 15 years since he was first diagnosed in 2006.

He was selfless and always thought of others and not his own plight, fought so very hard and never gave in or up.

I was fortunate enough to visit him with his good friend Paul Hewson back in 2014 and he and his wife Judith made me so welcome and he was wonderful company. Andy McCulloch - a great friend of his was also there and made it a memorable and unforgettable day.

There was not a bad bone in his body and we have lost a remarkably brave man.

I barely knew him but he made a massive impression on me.

RIP Paul.
That's nice :thumbsup:

Part of the ERA that got me hooked on Brentford, 77-78 was my first full season.
 

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Hall of Fame committee make it happen. Very deserving, shame it hasn't happened already.
John Docherty as well, come on make it happen.
 

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