Anthony Grant (footballer)

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Anthony Grant
Personal information
Full name Anthony Paul Shaun Andrew Daure Grant[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-04) 4 June 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Crewe Alexandra
Number 42
Youth career
2000–2004 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Chelsea 1 (0)
2006 Oldham Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2006–2007 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 40 (0)
2007–2008 Luton Town (loan) 4 (0)
2008 Southend United (loan) 10 (0)
2008–2012 Southend United 149 (10)
2012–2013 Stevenage 41 (0)
2013– Crewe Alexandra 12 (1)
National team
2002–2003 England U16 1 (0)
2003–2004 England U17 2 (0)
2005–2006 England U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:23, 4 August 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony Paul Shaun Andrew Daure Grant (born 4 June 1987) is an English footballer who plays for League One side Crewe Alexandra.

Grant began his career at Chelsea, progressing through the youth ranks before making his first-team debut in 2005. Grant was loaned out four times during his time at Chelsea; briefly playing for Oldham Athletic in 2006, before spending the 2006–07 season at Wycombe Wanderers. He then joined Luton Town on loan in November 2007, spending a month with the club. Grant later joined Southend United in January 2008, on loan until the end of the 2007–08 campaign. He signed for Southend on a permanent basis ahead of the 2008–09 season, and spent four seasons with the club. In June 2012, Grant signed for Stevenage on a free transfer. After one season at Stevenage, Grant joined Crewe Alexandra.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Lambeth, Greater London, Grant began his career at Chelsea as a trainee, progressing through the youth ranks and later becoming a regular for the reserve side.[3] In May 2005, Grant made his professional debut for the club, coming on as a 90th minute substitute for Joe Cole in Chelsea's 3–1 over Manchester United at Old Trafford.[4] Due to Grant's impressive performances for the reserve side, he was named in the first-team squad for the 2005–06 season, for which he had been allocated the squad number 42.[3] However, he made no first-team appearances for Chelsea during the campaign.[3][5] In January 2006, Grant was loaned to League One club Oldham Athletic, signing for the club on a one-month loan deal.[6] He made his debut for Oldham a day after signing, playing the whole match in a 3–0 away defeat against Nottingham Forest.[7] He went on to make just one further appearance during his brief loan spell,[8] playing the first 67 minutes in a 2–0 victory against Gillingham at Boundary Park.[9][10] He returned to his parent club in early February 2006, and featured regularly for Chelsea's reserves for the remainder of the season.[3]

Ahead of the 2006–07 season, Grant joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on a season-long loan.[11] Wycombe manager Paul Lambert had previously tried to sign Grant during his time at Livingston a year earlier, although no transfer materialised due to the distance Grant would have to travel to play for the club.[12] He made his Wycombe debut on the first day of the season, playing 69 minutes in a 1–1 home draw with Wrexham.[13] A week later, on 12 August 2006, he was sent-off for the first time in his career in a 1–0 defeat to Notts County, receiving the red card for two bookable offences.[14] Grant also helped Wycombe reach the semi-final of the League Cup, playing in all five games up until the semi-final,[15] but was unable to take part in the two legged semi-final as Wycombe were drawn against Grant's employers, Chelsea.[16] He was almost ever-present during the campaign, making 49 appearances as Wycombe finished the season in 12th place.[15][17] He was offered a contract extension at Chelsea in March 2007, and signed the deal on returning to the club at the end of the campaign.[18] In November 2007, Grant was loaned out once again, this time joining Luton Town until January 2008.[19] He made his debut in a 1–0 victory over Southend United, coming on as a second-half substitute.[20] Grant's first four appearances for Luton were as a late substitute.[19][21] He started his first match for the club in a match against Bristol Rovers on 26 December 2007, but was one of three players to be sent-off for Luton in a game that saw them draw 1–1, despite Bristol Rovers' numerical advantage.[22][23] Grant was given an immediate three-game ban, which put an abrupt end to his loan spell; the club were in administration and under a transfer embargo, so were unable to renew the loan.[24]

Southend United[edit]

In January 2008, Grant went out on loan for a fourth time, joining Southend United of League One on loan for the remainder of the 2007–08 season.[25][26] He made his debut as a 78th minute substitute in Southend's 2–1 home win over Bournemouth on 16 February 2008.[27] He went on to make ten appearances for the club during the campaign, all of which as a substitute.[21] In July 2008, Southend manager Steve Tilson stated he was interested in signing Grant on a permanent basis after he was made available for transfer by Chelsea.[28] He subsequently trained with the club during pre-season and played in a number of the club's pre-season friendlies.[28][29] Two days before the start of the 2008–09 season, on 7 August 2008, Grant signed for Southend on a free transfer.[30][31] He featured in the club's first game of the new season, coming on as a late substitute as Southend got off to winning start after beating Peterborough United.[32] Grant started his first game for the club three days later in a 1–0 extra-time defeat to Cheltenham Town in the League Cup.[33] He scored his first ever professional goal in September 2008, coming off the bench to score an 88th-minute winner as Southend beat Crewe Alexandra 4–3.[34] Grant made 42 appearances during his first full season with the Essex club, scoring once,[35] as Southend finished five points short of a play-off place in League One.[36]

Grant was offered a new contract by Southend in October 2009,[37] and shortly after signed a two-and-a-half year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2012.[38][39] He suffered an ankle injury following Southend's 2–2 draw against Swindon Town in February 2010, and subsequently missed two months of the season.[40] He made 41 appearances during the 2009–10 campaign,[41] in a season that witnessed Southend suffer relegation back to League Two following financial difficulties.[42] Despite the club's relegation, he remained at Southend for the 2010–11 season, with Southend under new management in the form of Paul Sturrock.[43] Grant ended his 79-game goal drought shortly into the new campaign when he scored a 25-yard strike in a 2–0 away victory against Bradford City.[44][45] A week later, he doubled his goal tally for the season when he "stroked home" Ryan Hall's inswinging corner in a 2–1 home victory over Torquay United, thus ending Torquay's winning start to the season.[46] He went on to score in the club's next two matches; a 2–1 defeat to Northampton Town,[47] and a 35-yard strike in the club's 3–2 home loss to Morecambe,[48] consequently taking his tally to four goals in as many matches.[49] Grant soon scored his fifth of the campaign, scoring a low driven effort in an away defeat to Chesterfield on 9 October 2010.[50] He also netted in a 1–1 draw with Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow a month later, scoring a "stunning volley" late-on to rescue a point for Southend.[51][52] As a result of Grant's impressive form during the first half of the season, he attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs,[53] but later issued a statement stating his intention to see out the remainder of his contract at Southend.[54] He scored two further goals during the season; finishing "calmly" from inside the area in a 2–0 win against Barnet in January 2011,[55] as well as netting against Wycombe Wanderers on the last day of the season.[56] He ended the season having scored eight goals in 51 appearances, with Southend finishing in mid-table.[49][57]

Ahead of the 2011–12 season, it was again reported that Grant would be leaving Southend in favour of a move to a Championship club, although ultimately no move materialised.[58] He made 41 appearances during the season, scoring once, a long range volley in a 2–0 home win over AFC Wimbledon in April 2012,[59] as Southend narrowly lost in the League Two play-off semi-final.[60] During his four years at Southend, Grant made 184 appearances and scored ten goals.[61]

Stevenage[edit]

In June 2012, Grant rejected the offer of a contract extension at Southend,[62] and opted to sign for League One side Stevenage on a free transfer.[63][64] He made his debut for the club in a 3–1 win over AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup on 14 August 2012, in Stevenage's first game of the 2012–13 season.[65] Grant made 45 appearances in all competitions during his first season with Stevenage,[66] as the club finished the season in 18th place in League One.[67] He was placed on the transfer list in May 2013.[68] With Grant entering the final year of his contract at Stevenage, new manager Graham Westley felt he would not play as much as he would have liked, and therefore it was "better for all" that Grant "move on to develop his career".[68]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Having not returned to pre-season with Stevenage ahead of the 2013–14 season, Grant signed for divisional rivals Crewe Alexandra on 15 July 2013, joining on a two-year contract.[69] He signed for Crewe on a free transfer, having been released from his contract at Stevenage by mutual consent.[70]

In November 2013, Crewe manager Steve Davis made Grant and fellow midfielder Bradden Inman available on loan because he was unhappy with their attitude: "Their attitude has got to be better," Davis told BBC Radio Stoke. "For the moment, for the benefit of the squad, they're better not around it."[71]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 16 December 2013.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea
2004–05[72]
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Oldham Athletic (loan)
2005–06[73]
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan)
2006–07[74]
40 0 2 0 5 0 2 0 49 0
Total 40 0 2 0 5 0 2 0 49 0
Luton Town (loan)
2007–08[75]
4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Southend United (loan)
2007–08[76]
10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Southend United
2008–09[77]
35 1 5 0 1 0 1 0 42 1
2009–10[78]
38 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 41 0
2010–11[79]
43 8 2 0 2 0 3 0 50 8
2011–12[80]
33 1 1 0 1 0 6 0 41 1
Total 159 10 9 0 6 0 10 0 184 10
Stevenage 2012–13[81] 41 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 45 0
Total 41 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 45 0
Crewe Alexandra 2013–14[82] 12 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 17 2
Total 12 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 17 2
Career totals 259 11 15 1 14 0 15 0 303 12
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Premier League.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy.

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