Grenville Hair

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Kenneth Grenville Arthur Hair
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Hair in his Leeds United kit
Personal information
Full name Grenville Hair
Date of birth (1931-11-16)16 November 1931
Place of birth Burton-upon-Trent, England
Date of death 7 March 1968(1968-03-07) (aged 36)
Place of death Bradford, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1964 Leeds United 443 (1)
Teams managed
1964–1967 Wellington Town
1967–1968 Bradford City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Grenville Hair (born 16 November 1931 in Burton-upon-Trent, England; died 7 March 1968 in Bradford, England) was a footballer who played his entire professional career for Leeds United between 1948 and 1964. He later became the manager of Wellington Town and Bradford City. He died of a heart attack, aged 36, after supervising a training session at Bradford City.

Playing career[edit]

Grenville Hair was a one-club man playing his entire professional career with Leeds United. He had been signed by manager Major Frank Buckley in 1948, and went on to make 474 appearances for the clubs as a left-back scoring just two goals. He was an almost ever-present in the Leeds side for ten years until the emergence of Willie Bell and Paul Reaney. In a poll of the 100 greatest ever Leeds United players, he was voted in at number 19.[1]

Playing statistics[edit]

Club League FA Cup League Cup Total
Apps (goals) Apps (goals) Apps (goals) Apps (goals)
Leeds United 443 (1) 21 (1) 10 (0) 474 (2)

Managerial career[edit]

He stayed with Leeds until 1964, when he took up a player-manager position at Wellington Town. He stayed there until 1967, when he became coach at Bradford City and was soon promoted to the position of manager. He started an upturn in the club's fortunes in his short role as manager before his death, from a heart attack during a training session in March 1968.

He guided City to 11th in Division Four in 1966-67. The following season a run of seven wins from eight games was key to City's position towards the top of the table. On the day of his death, Hair had secured the services of Tony Leighton and Denis Atkins.[2] They proved to be key additions to the squad as the club narrowly missed out on promotion but did so a season later.

Bradford City managerial statistics[edit]

Played Won Drew Lost Success Rate
55 27 10 18 55.15%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leeds Leeds Leeds 100 Greatest Leeds Players". LeedsUnited.com. 2000. Retrieved 2006-09-23.  Alternative Link at the Wayback Machine (archived August 31, 2004)
  2. ^ Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 76. ISBN 0-907969-38-0. 
  • Mourant, Andrew (1992). Leeds United: Player by Player. Guinness Publishing Ltd. p. 12. ISBN 0-85112-568-9. 

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