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Name: Paul Ifill  
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Date of Birth: 20th October 1979
Place of Birth: Brighton
Profession: Footballer
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Paul Ifill (b. October 20, 1979 in Brighton, U.K.) is an English football player, who currently plays in the midfield for Sheffield United. He signed for the Blades on 20 May 2005 having previously played for Millwall.

The son of English and Barbadian parents, Everton and Christine, Ifill has overcome plenty of adversity, starting with rejection from Watford's youth team as a 16-year-old. So Ifill went back to his home town, Brighton, enrolled on a physical education course at college and played non-League football in the same Saltdean United team as his father.

There he was spotted and signed by Millwall, only for injury to hobble him at a crucial time when he was between contracts. Billy Bonds, Millwall's then manager, told him he had a month to prove himself. That was on a Thursday and Ifill scored four in the match on the Saturday, and two more the following week.

In those days Ifill was a centre-forward but he was switched to the right because of injuries and has played there ever since. His back injury soon resurfaced and was preventing him sprinting, a basic requirement for a winger. Despite seeing a number of different specialists, he was out for three months, and thought he would never get back. Then a Harley Street consultant diagnosed a pelvic flaw pressing on a nerve. Ater treatment he was able to sprint again the next day.

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