Normal Position: Outside Right
Born: 05/03/1920 (Royston, Barnsley)
Died: 06/06/1986 (Chesterfield)
Born in Royston, Grainger began his career with South Kirkby before joining Southport on trial in 1937, where his older brother Jack was an established first-team player. After being initially rejected, he re-joined the club on trial in 1938, signing for them as a professional in October 1938. In August 1939 he was given his Football League debut for Southport in a match against Darlington; ironically, his older brother Jack was one of the players who was dropped to accommodate his debut.
During the war he continued to play for Southport when possible, though in 1942 it was evident that his Royal Air Force duties were getting in the way and Southport were forced to look for a replacement. Where possible he combined football with his Royal Air Force commitments and made guest appearances for Millwall, where his form was rewarded with a call up to the both the RAF representative football team and the FA XI.
Following the war he transferred to Leeds United in October 1945, for a \"substantial\" fee, at his own request. When signing for Leeds in October he had already played for the club for most of the season. He signed for Wrexham in November 1947, before moving to Oldham Athletic in June 1951. He finished his career at Bangor City.
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Challenge Cup, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,
Games where player was named on the team sheet
|03/04/1946||Liverpool Senior Cup||A||LIVERPOOL||0 - 2|
|25/03/1940||Welsh Cup / 6||A||NEW BRIGHTON||0 - 1|
|02/03/1940||Liverpool Senior Cup||A||LIVERPOOL||1 - 5|
|26/12/1939||Welsh Cup / 4||H||SOUTH LIVERPOOL||2 - 1|
|16/12/1939||Liverpool Senior Cup||A||NEW BRIGHTON||3 - 2|
|04/11/1939||Lancashire Senior Cup / 1||A||BLACKPOOL||1 - 4|