Colin Grainger, an England hero against Brazil in 1956, will be at Wembley tomorrow
Colin Grainger, a two-goal hero for England in their first-ever match against Brazil, will be a guest of The FA at tomorrow’s Wembley clash.
Grainger, then 22 years old and a left-winger with Sheffield United, was making his England debut against the South Americans. Two early goals gave England a dream start before a Wembley full-house of 100,000 on a May afternoon in 1956.
After two minutes a brilliant move began with a pass from Duncan Edwards to Stanley Matthews. The 41-year-old genius turned the ball inside to Johnny Haynes and he set up Tommy Taylor for a shot that flew past Gilmar.
Just three minutes later England went 2-0 up. Jeff Hall’s long pass found Taylor, Haynes flicked the ball on and Grainger was there to slam it home. England won 4-2, despite missing two penalties, and it was Grainger again who headed in the fourth near the end.
Grainger was described as a winger who was “fast moving and keen to score”. He was capped seven times and later played for Sunderland, Leeds, Port Vale and Doncaster.
After leaving football he was employed as regional manager for a cash register company and also made a reputation as a singer.
He will reach 80 in June and will be travelling down from his home in Huddersfield tomorrow.