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Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes on Langley

One of Langley's most famous sons is Paul Scholes - and it was on the estate that the Manchester United midfielder played his first football. As part of Radio Manchester's One Day in Langley, he spoke to reporter Richard Stead:

Paul Scholes

  • born November 16, 1974
  • joined Man United as a trainee upon leaving school in 1991
  • scored twice on his full League debut vs Ipswich Town on 24 Sept 1994
  • has won six Premiership titles, three FA Cups and European Cup,
  • missed the 1999 Champions' League Final in Barcelona through suspension
  • the only England player to be sent off at the old Wembley (vs Sweden, 1999)
  • retired from international football, August 2004

Paul Scholes was born at Hope Hospital in Salford but moved to the Langley Estate when he was about 18 months old. He lived off Bowness Road, before moving to Talkin Drive (off Windermere Road).

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At the age of five he went to St Mary's RC Primary School on Wood Street in Langley.
The first team he played for was Langley Furrow, a local youth club team. In his first match, they got thrashed - but his school team was much better.

His secondary school was Cardinal Langley RC High School on Rochdale Rd in Middleton, where the young Scholes excelled at football and cricket. The team he played for won the local Catholic Cup five years on the bounce and included players who went to Bury and Oldham.

Paul started attending the Oldham Soccer School and was spotted by the United Youth Coach at the time, Brian Kidd.

United youth set-up

1996: Paul Scholes with Giggs and the FA Cup
1996: with Giggs and the FA Cup

During his early teens, he played alongside Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and the Neville brothers who went on to become the core of the all-conquering treble-winning side of 1999 and represent England.

However, Scholes has never courted the spotlight and his reputation as a modest but grafting midfielder has earned him the admiration of football fans across the world.  It's been said of him: 'Scholes has proved that you don't have to be flash to be a legend in the Premiership.'

A family man, he prefers the quiet life to the celebrity lifestyle of someone like former teammate Beckham.

He still visits Langley every now and then (his wife and kids have their GP based at the local doctors' surgery) and recently returned to his old school, St Mary's, to present trophies.

last updated: 02/04/07
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