Horace Grainger, a talented all-round sportsman who played for the Turf Moor junior teams in the early fifties, has died aged 84.
The son of a miner, Horace was born in 1931 in the village of Havercroft, near Wakefield. He came from a sporting family, his brothers Jack and Colin Grainger were also professional footballers and Colin won seven England caps in the 1950’s.
Horace was working on the railways when he joined Burnley as an amateur in 1952. He was a regular at left half in the Turf Moor “A” team during 1952-53 as the Clarets were runners up in the West Lancashire League and won the Richardson Cup. He turned professional in 1953 and played alongside a number of future Clarets’ legends including Colin McDonald and Bobby Seith. He left Turf Moor in 1954, moving to Chesterfield where he stayed for two years, but again never broke through to first team level.
Horace then changed sports, joining an amateur rugby league club, where he immediately revealed an exceptional talent as a speedy winger. He was scouted by Dewsbury, who he joined as a professional, and later played for Hunslet and Bradford Northern, before retiring in 1964.
In the 1970’s he linked up again with Burnley, becoming a talent scout, before serving both Bramley Hunslet Rugby League clubs as a director, later becoming president of Hunslet.
At this sad time the thoughts of all of us at Turf Moor are with Horace’s wife Mabel and his family and friends.