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Roy Gratrix

Roy Gratrix
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Roy Gratrix (9 February 1932 - 2002) was an English professional footballer. He played as a defender.

Gratrix began his professional career with Blackpool as a 20-year-old in September 1952, joining from Manchester side Taylor Bros. He made his debut for Blackpool on March 13, 1954, succeeding Eddie Shimwell in the right-back berth in a goalless draw against Middlesbrough at Bloomfield Road.

The following campaign, 1954 55, he retained his position, teaming-up with Tommy Garrett, although occasionally being asked to play at left-back.

In 1955 56, with Harry Johnston leaving to manage Reading, Gratrix moved to centre-half and remained there for the rest of his career.

Also during the 1955 56 season, Gratrix represented England at "B" level, playing against Switzerland at The Dell. England B won 4 1.

For the 1956 57 campaign, Gratrix was an ever-present in Blackpool's 46 league and cup fixtures, helping them to their second consecutive top-four finish in Division One. He repeated the feat the following season and also in 1961 62 (52 league and cup games).

On 19 October 1957, Gratrix had the chance to open his scoring account with the club. He took a penalty against Manchester United at Bloomfield Road, but he put it over the bar. He remained without a goal in his 436 games for Blackpool.

In 1964, after eleven years and four hundred league appearances for Blackpool, Gratrix was sold to Manchester City. He made fifteen league appearances for City before trying his hand at playing in Canada with Toronto City. He returned to the United Kingdom to finish his playing career with Welsh club Bangor City.

Gratrix died in 2002.

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