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Simon Grayson

Full name: Simon Nicholas Grayson
Birthdate: 16.12.1969
Birthplace: Ripon
Position: Right-back
Joined from: Leeds United
Signed by: Brian Little
Nationality: England
First game: Ipswich Town, 14.03.1992
Last game: Blackburn Rovers, 11.05.1997
Games: 229 (213 starts + 16 subs)
Goals: 6
Player Profile

Grayson was a largely dependable full-back in Division One and the Premiership with City, notching up over 200 appearances for the Foxes in a five-year spell which stretched from 1992-97.

Ripon born, Grayson came through the youth ranks at Leeds United but looked for regular first-time football and found it with a move to City. He was relatively versatile, being able to play in midfield, centre defence and full-back.

He was a fans' favourite, winning the player of the year accolade a number of times and he was also the first Foxes captain to lift a trophy at Wembley when he led City to their 1994 play-off triumph against Derby County which saw the club into the top-flight. He was stand-in skipper, but also provided the ball for Steve Walsh to nod home the decisive goal. That season resulted in Grayson receiving his first supporters' player of the year award, and rightly so.

He struggled slightly to adapt to top-flight football, as the whole Leicester team did in that first season, but he was still there to help Leicester back to the Premiership for a second time, and was an improved product the second time round. He was also part of the squad that won the League Cup in 1997, again taking the player of the year award.

Despite his enjoyable stay at the club, he turned down the offer of a new deal and instead moved to Aston Villa, where he spent two years before moving to Blackburn - and turning down the chance for a return to City - although his time at Ewood Park wasn't the best for the defence. Loan moves followed to Sheffield Wednesday, Stockport County and Bradford City before Grayson finished his playing career with Blackpool, where he went on to take the reigns as manager.

He impressed as manager of the Tangerines and his success at Bloomfield Road saw him recruited by former club Leeds United, where he led the Whites to promotion from League One before being sacked by chairman Ken Bates having led the club to the verge of the play-offs. He didn't move far for his next job, taking the vacant manager's position at Huddersfield Town.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1991-92Division Two (old)13-------3-16-
1991_260_
1992-93Division One241--2---3-291
1992_260_
1993-94Division One4011-3---5-491
1993_260_
1994-95Premier League34-3-2-----39-
1994_260_
1995-96Division One4122-4---3-502
1995_260_
1996-97Premier League36-3-72----462
1996_260_
Total18849-182--14-229 6
_260_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 14.03.1992 0 - 0 Ipswich Town (A) Division Two (old)
2 17.03.1992 1 - 0 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
3 21.03.1992 1 - 2 Watford (H) Division Two (old)
4 27.03.1992 2 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
5 01.04.1992 2 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old)
6 04.04.1992 1 - 2 Bristol City (A) Division Two (old)
7 08.04.1992 3 - 2 Sunderland (H) Division Two (old)
8 11.04.1992 3 - 1 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
9 15.04.1992 1 - 0 Tranmere Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
10 18.04.1992 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
11 21.04.1992 2 - 1 Cambridge United (H) Division Two (old)
12 25.04.1992 0 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
13 02.05.1992 1 - 2 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old)
14 10.05.1992 1 - 1 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old) sf leg 1
15 13.05.1992 5 - 0 Cambridge United (H) Division Two (old) sf leg 2
16 25.05.1992 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (N) Division Two (old) f
17 26.08.1992 3 - 2 Derby County (H) Division One
18 29.08.1992 1 - 0 Portsmouth (H) Division One
19 02.09.1992 4 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Anglo-Italian Cup
20 05.09.1992 1 - 3 Southend United (A) Division One
21 13.09.1992 0 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One
22 30.09.1992 0 - 4 Newcastle United (A) Anglo-Italian Cup
23 03.10.1992 2 - 1 Barnsley (H) Division One 1
24 06.10.1992 1 - 2 Peterborough United (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
25 10.10.1992 2 - 0 Birmingham City (A) Division One
26 18.10.1992 0 - 2 Peterborough United (H) Division One
27 24.10.1992 1 - 2 Bristol City (A) Division One
28 27.10.1992 1 - 7 Sheffield Wednesday (A) League Cup 3
29 31.10.1992 2 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division One
30 04.11.1992 0 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One
31 07.11.1992 0 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (H) Division One
32 15.11.1992 2 - 1 Sunderland (A) Division One
33 21.11.1992 2 - 2 Cambridge United (H) Division One
34 28.11.1992 0 - 1 Bristol Rovers (H) Division One
35 05.12.1992 3 - 1 Grimsby Town (A) Division One
36 13.12.1992 0 - 0 Oxford United (A) Division One
37 28.12.1992 0 - 2 Millwall (A) Division One
38 13.03.1993 3 - 2 Tranmere Rovers (A) Division One
39 20.03.1993 3 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division One
40 23.03.1993 3 - 1 Cambridge United (A) Division One
41 03.04.1993 0 - 0 Bristol Rovers (A) Division One
42 17.04.1993 1 - 1 Swindon Town (A) Division One
43 20.04.1993 4 - 1 Southend United (H) Division One
44 09.05.1993 1 - 7 Newcastle United (A) Division One
45 16.05.1993 1 - 0 Portsmouth (H) Division One sf leg 1
46 31.08.1993 3 - 4 Peterborough United (A) Anglo-Italian Cup
47 08.09.1993 0 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (H) Anglo-Italian Cup
48 18.09.1993 2 - 1 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division One
49 21.09.1993 6 - 1 Rochdale (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
50 25.09.1993 1 - 0 Barnsley (A) Division One
51 29.09.1993 0 - 2 Middlesbrough (A) Division One
52 02.10.1993 3 - 2 Notts County (H) Division One
53 06.10.1993 2 - 1 Rochdale (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
54 16.10.1993 1 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One
55 24.10.1993 1 - 0 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One
56 27.10.1993 1 - 5 Manchester United (A) League Cup 3
57 30.10.1993 2 - 0 Luton Town (A) Division One
58 02.11.1993 0 - 0 Grimsby Town (A) Division One
59 06.11.1993 3 - 0 Southend United (H) Division One
60 14.11.1993 0 - 1 Stoke City (A) Division One
61 20.11.1993 2 - 3 Oxford United (H) Division One
62 27.11.1993 2 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One
63 05.12.1993 0 - 0 Southend United (A) Division One
64 08.12.1993 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Division One
65 11.12.1993 3 - 0 Bristol City (H) Division One
66 19.12.1993 1 - 1 Peterborough United (A) Division One
67 27.12.1993 4 - 4 Watford (H) Division One
68 28.12.1993 2 - 3 Derby County (A) Division One
69 01.01.1994 2 - 1 Sunderland (H) Division One
70 08.01.1994 1 - 4 Manchester City (A) FA Cup 3
71 12.01.1994 4 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One
72 16.01.1994 2 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Division One 1
73 22.01.1994 1 - 2 Crystal Palace (A) Division One
74 06.02.1994 0 - 4 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One
75 12.02.1994 2 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division One
76 19.02.1994 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One
77 23.02.1994 1 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (H) Division One
78 12.03.1994 2 - 0 Middlesbrough (H) Division One
79 15.03.1994 3 - 0 Birmingham City (A) Division One
80 19.03.1994 0 - 1 Barnsley (H) Division One
81 26.03.1994 1 - 4 Notts County (A) Division One
82 30.03.1994 0 - 3 Portsmouth (H) Division One
83 02.04.1994 1 - 1 Watford (A) Division One
84 05.04.1994 3 - 3 Derby County (H) Division One
85 09.04.1994 3 - 2 Sunderland (A) Division One
86 16.04.1994 1 - 1 Grimsby Town (H) Division One
87 23.04.1994 2 - 2 Oxford United (A) Division One
88 26.04.1994 1 - 0 Portsmouth (A) Division One
89 30.04.1994 1 - 1 Stoke City (H) Division One
90 03.05.1994 1 - 1 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division One
91 08.05.1994 1 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One
92 15.05.1994 0 - 0 Tranmere Rovers (A) Division One sf leg 1
93 18.05.1994 2 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (H) Division One sf leg 2
94 30.05.1994 2 - 1 Derby County (N) Division One f
95 21.08.1994 1 - 3 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
96 23.08.1994 0 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League
97 27.08.1994 0 - 1 Nottingham Forest (A) Premier League
98 10.09.1994 1 - 2 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
99 17.09.1994 3 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
100 21.09.1994 0 - 1 Brighton & Hove Albion (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
101 24.09.1994 1 - 1 Everton (A) Premier League
102 03.10.1994 2 - 2 Coventry City (H) Premier League
103 05.10.1994 0 - 2 Brighton & Hove Albion (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
104 08.10.1994 0 - 4 Chelsea (A) Premier League
105 15.10.1994 4 - 3 Southampton (H) Premier League
106 24.10.1994 1 - 2 Leeds United (A) Premier League
107 29.10.1994 0 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Premier League
108 05.11.1994 0 - 1 West Ham United (A) Premier League
109 20.11.1994 0 - 1 Manchester City (H) Premier League
110 10.12.1994 1 - 3 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
111 17.12.1994 0 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
112 26.12.1994 1 - 2 Liverpool (H) Premier League
113 28.12.1994 1 - 1 Manchester United (A) Premier League
114 31.12.1994 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
115 02.01.1995 1 - 4 Ipswich Town (A) Premier League
116 07.01.1995 2 - 0 Enfield (H) FA Cup 3
117 25.01.1995 1 - 0 Manchester City (A) Premier League
118 28.01.1995 1 - 0 Portsmouth (A) FA Cup 4
119 04.02.1995 1 - 2 West Ham United (H) Premier League
120 11.02.1995 1 - 1 Arsenal (A) Premier League
121 18.02.1995 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) FA Cup 5
122 22.02.1995 4 - 4 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
123 25.02.1995 2 - 4 Coventry City (A) Premier League
124 04.03.1995 2 - 2 Everton (H) Premier League
125 15.03.1995 1 - 3 Leeds United (H) Premier League
126 18.03.1995 0 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
127 01.04.1995 3 - 4 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
128 05.04.1995 1 - 0 Norwich City (H) Premier League
129 08.04.1995 0 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
130 15.04.1995 0 - 4 Manchester United (H) Premier League
131 17.04.1995 0 - 2 Liverpool (A) Premier League
132 06.05.1995 1 - 1 Chelsea (H) Premier League
133 14.05.1995 2 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
134 12.08.1995 2 - 1 Sunderland (A) Division One
135 19.08.1995 2 - 3 Stoke City (H) Division One
136 02.09.1995 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One
137 10.09.1995 1 - 0 Derby County (A) Division One
138 12.09.1995 2 - 0 Port Vale (A) Division One
139 16.09.1995 1 - 1 Reading (H) Division One
140 20.09.1995 2 - 0 Burnley (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
141 23.09.1995 1 - 3 Southend United (H) Division One
142 30.09.1995 1 - 0 Norwich City (A) Division One
143 03.10.1995 2 - 0 Burnley (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
144 07.10.1995 2 - 2 Barnsley (A) Division One
145 14.10.1995 1 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Division One
146 21.10.1995 3 - 1 Sheffield United (A) Division One
147 24.10.1995 0 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (A) League Cup 3
148 28.10.1995 2 - 3 Crystal Palace (H) Division One
149 08.11.1995 2 - 3 Bolton Wanderers (H) League Cup 3 rep
150 11.11.1995 1 - 0 Watford (H) Division One
151 19.11.1995 0 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (H) Division One
152 21.11.1995 1 - 3 Huddersfield Town (A) Division One
153 26.11.1995 2 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division One 1
154 02.12.1995 2 - 2 Barnsley (H) Division One 1
155 09.12.1995 1 - 2 Southend United (A) Division One
156 01.01.1996 1 - 1 Millwall (A) Division One
157 06.01.1996 0 - 0 Manchester City (H) FA Cup 3
158 13.01.1996 0 - 1 Stoke City (A) Division One
159 17.01.1996 0 - 5 Manchester City (A) FA Cup 3 rep
160 21.01.1996 0 - 0 Sunderland (H) Division One
161 03.02.1996 1 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division One
162 10.02.1996 1 - 2 Portsmouth (A) Division One
163 17.02.1996 1 - 1 Port Vale (H) Division One
164 21.02.1996 3 - 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One
165 24.02.1996 1 - 1 Reading (A) Division One
166 28.02.1996 0 - 0 Derby County (H) Division One
167 03.03.1996 2 - 4 Ipswich Town (A) Division One
168 09.03.1996 2 - 1 Grimsby Town (H) Division One
169 13.03.1996 0 - 2 Ipswich Town (H) Division One
170 16.03.1996 1 - 3 Oldham Athletic (A) Division One
171 23.03.1996 2 - 1 Millwall (H) Division One
172 30.03.1996 0 - 2 Sheffield United (H) Division One
173 02.04.1996 1 - 0 Charlton Athletic (A) Division One
174 06.04.1996 1 - 0 Crystal Palace (A) Division One
175 09.04.1996 1 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One
176 13.04.1996 1 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (A) Division One
177 17.04.1996 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division One
178 20.04.1996 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town (H) Division One
179 27.04.1996 3 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division One
180 05.05.1996 1 - 0 Watford (A) Division One
181 12.05.1996 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division One sf leg 1
182 15.05.1996 1 - 0 Stoke City (A) Division One sf leg 2
183 27.05.1996 2 - 1 Crystal Palace (N) Division One f
184 17.08.1996 0 - 0 Sunderland (A) Premier League
185 21.08.1996 2 - 1 Southampton (H) Premier League
186 24.08.1996 0 - 2 Arsenal (H) Premier League
187 02.09.1996 1 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Premier League
188 07.09.1996 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest (A) Premier League
189 15.09.1996 0 - 3 Liverpool (H) Premier League
190 22.09.1996 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Premier League
191 28.09.1996 1 - 0 Leeds United (H) Premier League
192 12.10.1996 1 - 3 Chelsea (H) Premier League
193 19.10.1996 0 - 1 West Ham United (A) Premier League
194 22.10.1996 2 - 0 York City (A) League Cup 3 1
195 26.10.1996 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Premier League
196 02.11.1996 0 - 2 Derby County (A) Premier League
197 16.11.1996 3 - 1 Aston Villa (A) Premier League
198 23.11.1996 1 - 2 Everton (H) Premier League
199 27.11.1996 2 - 0 Manchester United (H) League Cup 4
200 30.11.1996 1 - 3 Manchester United (A) Premier League
201 03.12.1996 2 - 0 Middlesbrough (A) Premier League
202 07.12.1996 1 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Premier League
203 21.12.1996 0 - 2 Coventry City (H) Premier League
204 26.12.1996 1 - 1 Liverpool (A) Premier League
205 28.12.1996 2 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Premier League
206 11.01.1997 0 - 3 Leeds United (A) Premier League
207 15.01.1997 2 - 0 Southend United (H) FA Cup 3
208 18.01.1997 1 - 0 Wimbledon (H) Premier League
209 21.01.1997 1 - 0 Ipswich Town (A) League Cup 5
210 29.01.1997 1 - 1 Sunderland (H) Premier League
211 02.02.1997 3 - 4 Newcastle United (A) Premier League
212 16.02.1997 2 - 2 Chelsea (H) FA Cup 5
213 18.02.1997 0 - 0 Wimbledon (H) League Cup sf leg 1
214 22.02.1997 4 - 2 Derby County (H) Premier League
215 26.02.1997 0 - 1 Chelsea (A) FA Cup 5 rep
216 01.03.1997 3 - 1 Wimbledon (A) Premier League
217 05.03.1997 1 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Premier League
218 08.03.1997 0 - 0 Coventry City (A) Premier League
219 11.03.1997 1 - 1 Wimbledon (A) League Cup sf leg 2 1
220 15.03.1997 1 - 3 Middlesbrough (H) Premier League
221 19.03.1997 1 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Premier League
222 22.03.1997 2 - 2 Southampton (A) Premier League
223 06.04.1997 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (N) League Cup f
224 16.04.1997 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (N) League Cup f rep
225 19.04.1997 1 - 2 Chelsea (A) Premier League
226 23.04.1997 0 - 1 West Ham United (H) Premier League
227 03.05.1997 2 - 2 Manchester United (H) Premier League
228 07.05.1997 1 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Premier League
229 11.05.1997 4 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (A) Premier League

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Leeds United £50,000 13.03.1992
OUT  Aston Villa £1,300,000 26.06.1997
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