Tributes pour in for Bridlington football stalwart Paul

Bridlington’s football fraternity are united in grief after Paul Grainger, manager of East Riding County League side Telegraph, sadly passed away last week.

By Andy Bloomfield
Thursday, 30th April 2020, 9:18 am
Updated Thursday, 30th April 2020, 9:20 am
Telegraph FC manager Paul Grainger, front row centre in tracksuit, in a team photo taken in October 2019,sadly passed away last week

Father-of-two Grainger, who also helped manage the Bridlington Rangers Juniors FC Under-12s team among many other junior sides, died on Wednesday April 22.

Before managing and coaching, he also played for many years for local league teams.

Bridlington Town Tweeted the following tribute on Thursday: “Today we were saddened by the news that local football manager and junior coach Paul Grainger sadly passed away yesterday, our thoughts are with all of Paul’s family and friends at this sad time. RIP Paul.”

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The UK’s Grassroots Football Twitter account also paid tribute: “Its with great sadness that Bridlington Rangers JFC heard of the sudden passing of coach Paul Grainger. Paul played a massive part in Rangers and helped coach the U12s.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul’s family and friends at this sad time.”

The East Riding FA Tweeted: “Earlier today we received news that Telegraph FC manager Paul Grainger has sadly passed away. Paul was popular member of the #GrassrootsFootball family with him also coaching sides at Burlington Jackdaws and Brid Rangers. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Paul’s friends paid tribute to the former football player and manager on Saturday night by posting photos on social media that pictured them raising a can, glass or bottle in his memory at 8pm.

The Driffield & District Football League Tweeted: “Everyone who played football with or against Paul please raise a glass, can or bottle in Paul’s memory tomorrow at 8pm and take a selfie of yourself raising your drink, post your photos on here and on our Facebook page and we will put together a big picture of everyone. RIP Paul.”

The many photos from family, friends, teammates and other players posted on Twitter and Facebook were compiled by Bridlington sports photographer Dom Taylor and made into a montage in a special tribute to Paul, including the crest of his favourite team, Liverpool FC, at the top of the image, along with the title of the Reds’ anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone.