Grinney, Ian

Birth Date

8th March 1936


Crediton, Devon



Biographical Text

Crediton-born Ian Grinney played twice for Exeter City in the mid-1950s. Having played for Crediton United, he joined City as an amateur before a brief spell as a professional ahead of National Service. After later playing for Bridgwater Town, he played again for Crediton and eventually became chairman of the club.   

Playing for his local club, Crediton, Ian signed as an amateur for Exeter City in July 1954 and as a professional in September 1954. After playing regularly for the reserves, he finally made his Football League debut at home to Coventry City in January 1956. Featuring just once more in the league - at Brentford a fortnight later - Ian was soon called up for National Service with the Royal Air Force.

Returning to St James’ Park after completion of his duties, Ian suffered knee problems and eventually left the club to spend a season with Bridgwater Town before rejoining Crediton where he later became chairman alongside looking after the ground for ten years. 

Ian was the recipient of a surprise 75th birthday presentation made by his family on the St James’ Park pitch in March 2011.

A tribute to Ian, reproduced from the Credition United prgtamme by the Crediton Courier, can also be found  elsewhere on the archive.





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