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Grenville Hair

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Position Left back
Born 16 Nov 1931, Burton-upon-Trent (England)
Height 175 cm
Weight 70 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Nov 1948 01 May 1964 474 2  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1950 - 1951 2  0  0  0  0 
1951 - 1952 27  5  0  0  0 
1952 - 1953 40  1  0  0  0 
1953 - 1954 42  2  0  0  0 
1954 - 1955 42  2  0  0  0 
1955 - 1956 34  1  0  0  0 
1956 - 1957 42  1  0  0  0 
1957 - 1958 34  1  0  0  0 
1958 - 1959 37  1  0  0  0 
1959 - 1960 32  1  0  0  0 
1960 - 1961 39  1  4  0  0 
1961 - 1962 381 2  3  0  0 
1962 - 1963 26  31 1  0  0 
1963 - 1964 8  0  2  0  0 
Total 4431 211 10  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

With nearly 500 appearances over 16 years at Elland Road, Grenville Hair was a supremely fit and dedicated player who deserved greater international recognition than selection for a handful of FA touring parties. Persuaded to focus on the football rather than the athletics field by Major Frank Buckley, he became a regular in the side at the age of 21 and in the following 10 years he barely missed a game until Paul Reaney and Willie Bell started to claim regular places in the early 1960s. He left the club in 1964 to take up a player-manager position with Wellington Town, and three years later he became coach at Bradford City. Promoted to manage the side in 1968, he had been in charge for just a month when he suffered a heart attack after a training session that was to prove fatal.

James Hair says: I am his Grandson and I am currently at Repton School along with my older brother. i also have a sister aged 3. my father (Grenville's son) is currently the owner of a McDonald's Restaurant, he is called Kenneth Hair. Grenville also has another son called Anthony.

Ian Gledhill says: I seem to remember Grenville Hair being pressed into service as a goalkeeper for the reserve team in the early sixties. This was of course in the days when Central League fixtures were played on a Saturday afternoon. I think it must have been about the time when keepers like Tommy Younger, Ted Burgin and maybe Alan Humphreys were at the club and due to injuries Leeds were forced into actually selecting Grenville between the sticks. Anyway, the fixture was at Elland Road but I cannot remember who the opponents were. The YEP made quite an issue of it. Maybe someone could confirm this and prove that my memory is not just playing tricks.

John Hill says: I recently been researching my family tree and discovered that Granville's mother was my Grandmothers sister. I never knew Granville but he did help my older brother collect football players signatures. It was sad that he died so young on the brink of another career with Bradford.


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