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Full Name: Jack Grainger
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He was widely regarded as one of the finest full-backs in the Northern Section during the 19305. Full of Yorkshire grit and tenacity he was hard to beat and was famous for going down on one knee to make spectacular sliding tackles. Originally a miner, he joined Southport on a two month trial after making only one League appearance for Bamsley. By December 1933 his strong, convincing work had established him as a regular at left-back and he went on to make over 300 League appearances for the club including war-time matches, being an ever-present in 1934-35 and 1938-39. On 30 April 1939 he was granted a benefit and received £242,vincluding donations from well-known footballers of the day such as Matt Busby. His career at Haig Avenue spanned thirteen years, during the latter part of which he was joined by his brother Dennis who was transferred to Leeds United in 1945 for a sizable fee. His career ended when he fractured an ankle playing for Bangor City. In later years he acted as a ‘gateman’ at Haig Avenue after coaching Birkdale Central and Fleetwood Hesketh. He attended the ‘mini reunion’ at Southport in April 1975 but only nine months later died of a heart attack in Southport Infirmary, aged 63.

Liverpool Evening Express – Tuesday 25 April 1939




Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1933/1934 2800
1934/1935 4500
1935/1936 3700
1936/1937 3100
1937/1938 3900
1938/1939 4700
1946/1947 900
Total 236 0 0

Last 10 games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
05/05/1947 Liverpool Senior CupA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 3
07/12/1946 LeagueA ROCHDALE 0 - 0
26/10/1946 LeagueA BRADFORD CITY 1 - 5
19/10/1946 LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 - 4
15/10/1946 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 2LA BURY 0 - 3
12/10/1946 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 2
28/09/1946 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 2
25/09/1946 LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 2
14/09/1946 LeagueA GATESHEAD 2 - 2
10/09/1946 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 4

Last 10 games where player started

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
05/05/1947 Liverpool Senior CupA SOUTH LIVERPOOL 1 - 3
07/12/1946 LeagueA ROCHDALE 0 - 0
26/10/1946 LeagueA BRADFORD CITY 1 - 5
19/10/1946 LeagueH OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 - 4
15/10/1946 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 2LA BURY 0 - 3
12/10/1946 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 2
28/09/1946 LeagueA CREWE ALEXANDRA 0 - 2
25/09/1946 LeagueA CHESTER (1885) 1 - 2
14/09/1946 LeagueA GATESHEAD 2 - 2
10/09/1946 LeagueH CHESTER (1885) 2 - 4
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