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Peter Grant (footballer, born 1965)

Peter Grant (born 30 August 1965) is a Scottish football player and coach, who is currently the manager of Alloa Athletic. During his playing career, Grant played for Celtic, Norwich City, Reading and Bournemouth. He was awarded a testimonial match, played against Bayern Munich, by Celtic in 1997. Grant played in two full international matches for Scotland, both in 1989. Since retiring as a player, Grant has since worked as a football coach. He was manager of Norwich City for a year, and also briefly the caretaker manager of Fulham.

Peter Grant
Personal information
Full name Peter Grant[1]
Date of birth (1965-08-30) 30 August 1965 (age 54)
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Alloa Athletic (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1997 Celtic 362 (15)
1997–1999 Norwich City 68 (3)
1999–2000 Reading 29 (1)
2000–2002 Bournemouth 15 (0)
Total 474 (19)
National team
1989 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
2006–2007 Norwich City
2015 Fulham (caretaker)
2019– Alloa Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

He was captain of the Celtic team that won the inaugural Scottish Youth Cup in 1983–84.[2] Grant made his debut as a teenager for Celtic in a 1984 Old Firm game against Rangers. He was a key figure in league campaigns, such as the 1985–86 Scottish Premier Division which Celtic won in the last game of the season, the 1987–88 where Celtic clinched the league and cup double in their centenary season, and the 1989 Scottish Cup Final against Rangers. Grant played in the 1989 final having missed the 1988 final due to injury.[citation needed]

Celtic v Airdrie, 1995 Scottish Cup Final; Grant on far left

Celtic would experience a barren period after 1989, consistently failing to challenge for silverware and almost going bankrupt in 1993. 1994 saw the arrival as Celtic manager of Grant's former teammate Tommy Burns who saw Grant as being pivotal in his plans to revive the club. The barren period would end in 1995 with Celtic winning the 1995 Scottish Cup Final against Airdrie, with Grant at the heart of the team. Only a few weeks before, Grant had received a bad knee injury in the final league game of the season, but he concealed the severity of this injury and played through the pain barrier[citation needed] to help Celtic to their first trophy in 6 years. Grant maintained his place as a regular (31 appearances)[3] in the 1995–96 season. His loyalty to Celtic was rewarded with a testimonial match, played against Bayern Munich in January 1997.[4]

After making 483 appearances for Celtic in all competitions between 1984 and 1997,[3] Grant signed for Norwich City for a fee of £200,000. Mike Walker, in his second stint as Norwich City manager, had previously tried to sign Grant soon after taking over from Dave Stringer at Carrow Road in 1992 - however, Celtic had been unwilling to let Grant leave, and Walker opted for Gary Megson as a midfielder enforcer.

After deciding against taking on former Barcelona captain (and European Cup winner) Jose Maria Bakero, Walker this time found Celtic willing to let Grant — now 32 - move to East Anglia. In 1997–98, a difficult season with the club suffering a number of injuries to key players, Grant started 32 games, scoring 3 times; he made 31 starts (coming on as substitute twice) the following season under Bruce Rioch, before being transferred to Reading in summer 1999.

Management and coaching careerEdit

After serving Bournemouth as player-coach and then assistant manager, Grant enjoyed a successful time as assistant manager to Alan Pardew at West Ham, helping them reach the 2006 FA Cup Final and finish ninth in their first season back in the English Premier League.

In October 2006, Grant was appointed manager of Norwich City.[5] On 14 October he was in the stands to see his new side draw 3-3 with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road, presided over by caretaker manager Martin Hunter.[6] Grant opted to retain Hunter as a coach, but also appointed a new assistant manager, Jim Duffy.[7] Hunter eventually left the club in the summer of 2007 to take up a coaching position at Watford. Grant's first signing for Norwich was Jamie Ashdown from Portsmouth on a one-month loan. Grant generally made a good start to his managerial career only losing 2 league games out of his first 6 although this was a heavy 5-0 defeat to Stoke and a defeat to local rivals Ipswich. They did get wins against high flying teams such as Birmingham and Cardiff. Norwich only won once in the league in December and January, which put them within three points off the relegation zone at one point. Consecutive away wins at relegation rivals Barnsley and Luton Town all but ended any risk of relegation, and City finished the season in 16th place.

In the summer of 2007 Grant prepared for his first full season in charge at Carrow Road by signing Jamie Cureton, Jon Otsemobor, David Marshall. He also signed Julien Brellier and David Strihavka, both of whom struggled to perform and left by January. However, he expressed his frustration at losing Rob Earnshaw and Dickson Etuhu as a result of buy-out clauses in their contracts. City's season started with a goalless draw at Preston and a 2-1 home win against Southampton. After this it all started to go wrong and City only picked up one win in the next few games, against Crystal Palace. Norwich then lost five out of six games, and failed to score in any of them. The last game of this run was a televised 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers, who had yet to register a win in the season. Grant announced after the match he was considering his future at the club, and the next day he resigned as manager.

On 8 July 2008, he joined West Bromwich Albion as first-team coach, replacing Craig Shakespeare. Grant, who holds a UEFA Pro Licence, was a team-mate of Albion manager Tony Mowbray at Celtic.[8]

He was appointed the first-team coach at Celtic in June 2009, after West Bromwich Albion agreed compensation, believed to be in the region of £2.5 million, for the management team of Tony Mowbray, Mark Venus and Grant.[9] On 25 March 2010, Grant was dismissed as first-team coach at Celtic, along with Mowbray and Venus, after a 4-0 loss to St Mirren.[10]

In July 2010 Grant was appointed first-team coach at Birmingham City.[11] before following McLeish to Aston Villa as assistant manager. McLeish and Grant were sacked by Aston Villa after one season. Grant joined McLeish at Nottingham Forest as a first team coach in December 2012.

Fulham appointed Grant as first team coach on 19 June 2014.[12] Following manager Felix Magath's departure from the club in September, Grant's role changed to that of Lead Professional Development Coach/Under-21 Manager.[13] Grant was appointed caretaker manager of the Fulham first team in November 2015, following the departure of Kit Symons.[14] He returned to the development coach role after a new manager was appointed.[15]

In May 2017, Grant was appointed as assistant coach for the Scotland national under-20 football team for the 2017 Toulon Tournament.[16] It was also announced he would assist the Scotland under-21 team for their fixtures in September 2017. Alex McLeish appointed Grant to an assistant coaching position with the Scotland national team in March 2018.[15] Alex McLeish and his staff, including Grant, was fired on 18 April 2019.[17]

Grant was appointed manager of Alloa Athletic in July 2019.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

Managerial recordEdit

As of match played 14 September 2019
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Norwich City England 16 October 2006 9 October 2007 54 18 12 24 033.33
Fulham England 8 November 2015 8 December 2015 3 0 2 1 000.00
Alloa Athletic Scotland 10 July 2019 Present 10 4 2 4 040.00
Career totals 67 22 16 29 032.84


Personal lifeEdit

His sons Peter and Ray also became professional footballers.[19][20]


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  4. ^ Paul, Ian (19 November 1996). "German ace on the ball again at Grant testimonial launch Scoring legend Muller praises exile Lambert". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Grant appointed as Norwich boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  6. ^ James Nursey (16 October 2006). "QPR 3-3 NORWICH". Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Flown From the Nest — Jim Duffy". Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Grant joins backroom staff". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 8 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  9. ^ Guidi, Mark (14 June 2009). "West Brom give up fight to keep Tony Mowbray as Celtic stump up £2.5m compensation fee". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Celtic end manager Tony Mowbray's troubled reign". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Birmingham appoint Grant — Yahoo! Eurosport". Retrieved 15 July 2010.
  12. ^ "Grant appointed". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Under-21 Staff". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Fulham: Peter Grant content with caretaker role at Craven Cottage". BBC Sport. BBC. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Scotland: Peter Grant, James McFadden & Stevie Woods join Alex McLeish's staff". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 March 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Grant's Scotland Appointment | Fulham Football Club". 19 May 2017.
  17. ^ Alex McLeish sacked as Scotland manager after just 12 games as boss,, 18 April 2019
  18. ^ "Alloa Athletic: Peter Grant is named Scottish Championship club's manager". BBC Sport. 10 July 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  19. ^ "Peter Grant and Scott Wootton join Plymouth Argyle". BBC Sport. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Raymond Grant - Ex Canaries". Flown from the Nest. Retrieved 20 February 2017.

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