Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince, better known as Paul Ince, was born on October 21, 1967 in Ilford, London. Nicknamed “Gazza’s minder”, his proficiency in football won him the Under-21 honors in addition to the youth caps he attained as an apprentice. He became a part if the England national football team in 1992 at the senior level and played for the team till 2000. The year 1993 saw Paul Ince made history when he became the first black England Captain in a match against the U.S.A (United States of America). He also holds the honor of playing 53 matches for the England national football team.
Paul Ince grew up as an ardent fan of West Ham United. At 12, he caught the attention of West Ham coach, John Lyall and later signed for the Hammers at 14. He emerged from the West Ham youth team and made his debut in English football on November 30, 1986 against Newcastle United in the Football League First Division. Paul Ince started playing regularly in 1987-88 season, demonstrating his all-round traits like stamina, speed, uncompromising tackling, and good passing ability. An action-packed season began for him in August 1988 in the League Cup, when he came to limelight with his startling two goals for Hammers in the 4-1 victory against defending champions, Liverpool. With spontaneous tackles, some enormously hit shots, and raking passes, Paul Ince went on to become West Ham United's prominent midfielder.
In 1989, Paul Ince was signed by Manchester United and won several honors while playing with them. In 1990, the team won the Charity Shield and Football Association Challenge (F.A) Cup. The Red Devils went on further to win the European Cup Winners Cup in 1991, in which Paul Ince won his second winner’s medal. His winning streak continued as he secured his third winner’s medal when his won the Football League Cup in 1992. The very next year, Paul Ince contributed for the winning of the Red Devils at the Premier League. In January 1994, his team won the Premiere League for the second time. The same year, the Red Devils also won the Charity Shield and the FA cup. Paul Ince has played a total of 206 matches and made 24 goals for Manchester United, undoubtedly the highest in his career.
After his remarkable tenure with Manchester United, Paul Ince played for Inter Milan and for five other English clubs including Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers before taking up responsibility as the manager of Macclesfield Town in 2006. After his short stint with Macclesfield Town, Paul Ince became the manager of Milton Keynes Dons and was instrumental in bringing a couple of trophies that include the Football League Trophy and the Football League Two. Later, he became the manager of Blackburn Rovers, on June22, 2008, making him the first Black English manager in the Premier League.
Apart from having a noteworthy career as a player and a manager, he has also served as a coach for Swindon Town.