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Full Name: Dennis Grainger
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.



Season Date From To Value
1945/1946 Southport LEEDS UNITED Undisclosed


Season: 1939/1940 [Back to Player Stats]
The player made an appearance in the following games:
Date Competition Venue Opponents Score Goals
26/08/1939 Abandoned/Void Games Away DARLINGTON 0 - 1 0
19/09/1939 Friendly Home PRESTON NORTH END 0 - 1 0
23/09/1939 Friendly Home STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 0 0
30/09/1939 Friendly Away ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 1 0
14/10/1939 Friendly Home OLDHAM ATHLETIC 4 - 0 0
21/10/1939 War-Time: League Home OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 - 4 0
28/10/1939 War-Time: League Home ROCHDALE 3 - 2 0
04/11/1939 Lancashire Senior Cup / 1 Away BLACKPOOL 1 - 4 0
11/11/1939 War-Time: League Away BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 - 5 0
25/11/1939 War-Time: League Away BARROW 0 - 3 0
02/12/1939 War-Time: League Home BURY 1 - 2 0
09/12/1939 War-Time: League Home ACCRINGTON STANLEY 3 - 2 1
16/12/1939 Liverpool Senior Cup Away NEW BRIGHTON 3 - 2 0
23/12/1939 War-Time: League Away BOLTON WANDERERS 1 - 2 0
25/12/1939 Friendly Home NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 0 0
26/12/1939 Welsh Cup / 4 Home SOUTH LIVERPOOL 2 - 1 0
01/01/1940 Friendly Home EVERTON 2 - 2 0
06/01/1940 War-Time: League Away PRESTON NORTH END 1 - 2 0
20/01/1940 War-Time: League Away BURNLEY 3 - 7 0
10/02/1940 War-Time: League Home OLDHAM ATHLETIC 0 - 0 0
24/02/1940 War-Time: League Away ROCHDALE 2 - 1 0
02/03/1940 Liverpool Senior Cup Away LIVERPOOL 1 - 5 0
09/03/1940 War-Time: League Home BLACKBURN ROVERS 4 - 1 0
16/03/1940 War-Time: League Away BLACKPOOL 1 - 3 0
22/03/1940 War-Time: League Home CARLISLE UNITED 4 - 0 0
23/03/1940 War-Time: League Home BARROW 3 - 3 1
25/03/1940 Welsh Cup / 6 Away NEW BRIGHTON 0 - 1 0
30/03/1940 War-Time: League Away BURY 0 - 4 0
06/04/1940 War-Time: League Away ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1 - 1 0
13/04/1940 Football League War Cup Away OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 1 1
16/04/1940 Football League War Cup Home OLDHAM ATHLETIC 1 - 0 0
20/04/1940 Football League War Cup / 1 Away BLACKPOOL 0 - 4 0
27/04/1940 Football League War Cup / 1 Home BLACKPOOL 2 - 4 0
04/05/1940 Friendly Home SOUTH LIVERPOOL - 0
11/05/1940 Friendly Away NEW BRIGHTON 2 - 2 0
13/05/1940 War-Time: League Home BOLTON WANDERERS 1 - 8 0
18/05/1940 War-Time: League Away PRESTON NORTH END 0 - 5 0
25/05/1940 War-Time: League Home BURNLEY 1 - 1 0

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