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Martin Grainger

Personal information
Full nameMartin Robert Grainger
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Martin Grainger (born 23 August 1972 in Enfield, England) is a former English football player, he was a defender who ended his playing career with Birmingham City in December 2004. He was an attacking left back who could also play further up the field or even as a winger and was a dead ball specialist.

An experienced player, his career started in 1992 at Colchester United, where he made 37 league starts between July 1992 and October 1993, before moving on to Brentford on 21 October for a fee of £60,000. He was a first-team regular throughout his time at the club, making 100 league starts and scoring 12 goals. He joined Birmingham City on 25 March 1996, and quickly became an inspirational player due to his continued consistency and ability from set-pieces.

He picked up the fans' Player of the Season award for 1999 2000, but as Birmingham continued to improve in the First Division, and eventually earned promotion into the Premiership, Grainger's playing time became limited. He played for Birmingham in the 2001 Football League Cup Final loss to Liverpool, with Grainger unfortunately missing one of the spot kicks in the shootout. He failed to appear for Birmingham due to injury during the first half of the 2003 04 season, and in February he was loaned to Coventry City, for whom he made seven league appearances. On 18 March 2004, he was recalled to Birmingham's team due to an injury crisis, and got on the scoresheet in a 2 1 defeat to Manchester United, but was himself injured and failed to appear in any matches for the rest of the season.

Grainger retired from football on 1 January 2005, having spent 13 years as a player. His goal-scoring appearance against Manchester United, on 10 April 2004, proved to be his final professional fixture. In the years following his retirement, Grainger has continued to be a popular figure amongst supporters of Birmingham City. He currently works as a VIP chauffeur.

On 10 January 2008, Cheshunt F.C. issued a statement saying Martin would be the new Cheshunt F.C. manager, but on 12 January 2008, another statement was issued, stating that he had left the club for family and personal reasons, wishing him all the best. He is currently the shortest-reigning manager of Cheshunt F.C..

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