There is never a good time to be taking over from a sacked mate. "We only went out for a short time and the girls said they were tired and we should head home. Not that the pranksters always got away with it. "We'd be having a smoko and I'd be trying to have a sleep," said former teammate Shaun Timmins about their days working together in the mines. "I got a few hints thrown at me but I never actually nailed the person.". "I played Aussie Rules as a young guy, where I lived there was an Aussie Rules park close by and I played that and rugby league, generally on the same day. "It was one of those ones that could have gone the other way because we were actually at that bar. Court documents allege Simmonds overpaid herself in wages and annual leave entitlements in four consecutive financial years, and used money from the day care centre's bank account to buy dozens of personal and household items including Botox, laser hair removal, holiday accommodation, a $2,500 lounge, Lorna Jane exercise clothing and dance lessons for her children. It was that setback that led him to coaching Wests, a team that hadn't won a premiership in 18 years. Then we were getting phone calls saying what happened and the devastation of it all. But while few appreciate it more when a plan comes together, even McGregor acknowledges there are some things in life left to chance. That was never more evident than on the fateful night of October 12, 2002. While he always wanted to be in a profession in which he could "tutor people", the opportunity to coach also came about by chance. "Within about 10 or 15 minutes of walking through the door it felt like someone was trying to barge the door down of the hotel we were staying in, there was that loud a bang," McGregor said. One of McGregor's prized possessions was a pair of crocodile-skin shoes. Simmonds is married to Reece Simmonds, who played 48 first grade games for the Dragons between 2002 and 2006 followed by a season with the Rabbitohs in 2007. It wasn't my time.". The Dragons pivot stole the keys to McGregor's F150 ute, veered towards the field and went about destroying his handiwork. This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. The ex-Tottenham forward heartbreakingly wrote that he "cannot describe the pain" of losing wife and mother to their three children. If double denim was the look, McGregor had it down pat. That's probably my biggest strength, I like forward planning and thinking about what I do.". She entered pleas of not guilty to all of the charges during her first court appearance, with police ordered to begin serving the brief of evidence on her legal team. The wife of former St George Illawarra Dragons winger Reece Simmonds has fronted court accused of misappropriating hundred of thousands of dollars from a Shellharbour-based child care business. Sign up to receive our Breaking News Alerts and Editor's Daily Headlines featuring the best local news and stories. In 2016, Bev spoke with pride about her husband's courage to come forward about his ordeal after two former Crewe players revealed they were also abused as youngsters. "Normally we would get in, drop off our gear and go out and have a drink," McGregor said. "To say I wasn't happy about it was an understatement," McGregor said. If turtlenecks were in, the Dapto product had a cupboard full of them. During his days as a strength and conditioning coach of the Dragons, McGregor arrived early to set out the witches hats. ", Paul added: "I'm so very sorry, Paul. FORMER England football star Paul Stewart has revealed his wife Bev has died aged 56. Former teammate Gary tweeted: "So sorry for your loss. Mother-of-three Belinda Simmonds is facing 35 dishonesty charges stemming from a lengthy police investigation into allegations she fleeced more than $330,000 money from her employer, Shellharbour Kiama Family Day Care, from 2013 to 2018. Paul McGregor is talking about loss. She said: "I do think it is the right thing to do. The Mercury does not suggest Reece Simmonds or Nicole or Demi McGregor had any knowledge of, involvement in, the alleged fraud. You take pride in everything you do, your manner and your dress, your work. "Normally what would happen is we'd say 'we'll be back in a couple of hours' and we'd stay. Or being just as meticulous in preparing items for his chemical cleaning products business as he would in compiling Sunday's game plan against local rivals Cronulla. She entered pleas of not guilty to all of the charges during her first court appearance, with police ordered to begin serving the brief of evidence on her legal team. "Rylesy [Jason Ryles], Timmo [Timmins] or Trent [Barrett] - it would have been one of them," he said. Some of the allegations: *$4950 - payment of Telstra bills *$3880 - accommodation at Tingarra Resorts *$1103 - purchase of dryer, kettle and toaster at The Good Guys, Warrawong *$1918 - three chairs and bench at Freedom Furniture, Warrawong *$570 - purchase of Isagenix products *$1101 - Botox, laser hair removal from Laser Clinics Shellharbour *$3903 - Clothing from Lorna Jane *$350 - dance lessons *$615 - payment of school fees *$2556 - new lounge from Harvey Norman, Warrawong *$4600 - payment of personal loan to Lion Finance Read more court news here. "Wayne wanted to bring someone in he could totally trust and knew what was needed," McGregor said. No one.". Struggling to find his niche after football, he accepted an offer from Barrett's father to work with children in juvenile detention. They were a work of art. Certainly some of the guys playing reserve grade who weren't quite as financial cherry-picked his cupboards when he was doing his spring cleaning.". So true. Another would show them having a smoke and a pina colada in Bali. I took up coaching from that day on. Not a single cone went undisturbed. The police charge sheets did not detail what the payments were for other than "personal reasons". The man dubbed 'Mary' has defied all expectations by leading the joint-venture outfit into a share of top spot on the ladder. Paul met Bev in her hometown of Blackpool where he was starting out his football career. Paul McGregor Sep 3,2018 at 10:11 am Sorry to hear … For other inquiries, Contact Us. ", Proud Mary: how fate led Paul McGregor to the St George Illawarra Dragons. After being written off early, the Dragons are looking the goods. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). To this day, the culprit remains at large, although McGregor has whittled down the suspect list to three. But since replacing Steve Price - who happens to be in the opposition coaching box on Sunday - McGregor's Dragons are on the rise. "He would religiously clear out his wardrobe every year," Potter said. "I was very meticulous in how I approached the session, I'd set up things 45 minutes to an hour prior to training," McGregor said. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click here. A short while after leaving the Sari Club, McGregor felt a blast that reverberated around the world. Sincere condolences. [A flogging on the paddock] followed, that's for sure.". There were other courses and jobs, such as working in the mines or in his True Blue Chemicals business, which he has kept to this day. "That's the thing that stuck with me, I blame myself for my body breaking down throughout my career," he said. On a roll: Dragons coach Paul McGregor.Credit:Christopher Chan. It is something McGregor himself is known for. The wife of former St George Illawarra Dragons winger Reece Simmonds has fronted court accused of misappropriating hundred of thousands of dollars from a Shellharbour-based child care business. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. "After round two we had blokes not worth being at the club and they all had soft underbellies," McGregor said. She is also alleged to have used her employer's money to pay Nicole and Demi McGregor, the wife and daughter of Dragons coach Paul McGregor, $620 and $291 respectively during 2017. "That's why I make sure people I coach don't go down the same path, I didn't look after myself as good as I needed to do. Paul added: "I'm so very sorry, Paul. Even as a player, McGregor was always on trend. She is also alleged to have used her employer's money to pay Nicole and Demi McGregor, the wife and daughter of Dragons coach Paul McGregor, $620 and $291 respectively during 2017. McGregor is still paying the price from his own playing days. ", Graham wrote: "Sending lots of [hugs] stewy very sorry mate. "Normally we would get in, drop off our gear and go out and have a drink," McGregor said. Meanwhile, Simmonds was charged by detectives in December last year. Bev was also supportive of her husband when he decided to help other victims of sex abuse by revealing he was sexually assaulted by a trusted youth coach when he was a child. Paul McGregor, by nature, is not the sort of bloke who leaves things to chance. McGregors mother, Jean, died last month at the age of 79, having finally lost a long battle with ill health. The case will return to court in April. I can still walk out there with my head held high because he is so very brave. McGregor says he will be a billionaire in three years and names toughest rival Graham wrote: "Sending lots of [hugs] stewy very sorry mate.", Illawarra Mercury's trusted source for property, Steve Fesus' daughter speaks out: 'I would have loved him if he did it or not', Rape trial: Woman denies sexual attraction to Callan Sinclair, The shocking moment two women started screaming at student outside Wollongong Woolies, DJs reveals future of Wollongong store after basement food floor closes for good, 'Let's get high': Woman asked about text she sent before alleged Jack de Belin rape, Protecting Aboriginal sites above mine expansion 'not warranted'. The bomb, planted by extremists in the popular tourist nightspot, killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. Paul, played for Man City, Liverpool, Spurs and Sunderland in the 1980s and 90s. McGregor and wife Nicole, sans kids, had just arrived in Bali to enjoy a holiday with three other couples. Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. He went on to coach the Wests Red Devils in the Illawarra League and more recently Collegians. With 'Mary' at the helm, they won three straight and a new career was born. That attention to detail is evident in other aspects of McGregor's persona. View our online Press Pack. "If it wasn't perfect, it wasn't right.". "Everything is about timing in life, isn't it? As is his way, they were lined up in colour co-ordinated rows and spread evenly across WIN Stadium in preparation for a Mark Gasnier fitness test. Tributes have flooded in from former teammates including Gary Lineker, Paul Lake and Graham Roberts.

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