Jeff Grayshon

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Jeff Grayshon
Personal information
Full nameJeffrey Grayshon
Born(1949-03-04)4 March 1949
Birstall, West Yorkshire, England
Died21 March 2021(2021-03-21) (aged 72)
Playing information
Position Fullback, Prop, Second-row, Loose forward
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1970–78 Dewsbury 235+2311297
1977 Cronulla Sharks 80000
1979–85 Bradford Northern 199+43400102
1985–87 Leeds 31+21004
1987 Bradford Northern 15+30000
1988–91 Featherstone 97+32008
1991–95 Batley 69+352008
Total7037012219
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1975–81 England 10+12006
1979–85 Great Britain 131004
1973–85 Yorkshire 140000
1979 GB tour games 6+31003
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
199496 Batley 662743541
Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

Jeffrey Grayshon MBE (4 March 1949 – 21 March 2021 [5] [6] ) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and coached in the 1990s. He played at representative level for Great Britain and England, and at club level for Dewsbury, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, Bradford Northern, Leeds, Featherstone Rovers and Batley, as a fullback , prop , second-row, or loose forward, and coached at club level for Batley. Grayshon continued playing until he was 45 for Batley before taking over as coach at Batley. Jeff's biography "The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE" [7] was written by Maurice Bamford.

Contents

Playing career

International honours

Jeff Grayshon won caps for England while at Dewsbury in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against Wales, France, New Zealand, and Australia, in 1977 against Wales, while at Bradford Northern in 1979 against Wales, and France, in 1980 against Wales (sub), and France, in 1981 against Wales, [2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Bradford Northern in 1979 against Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand (3 matches), in 1980 against New Zealand (2 matches), in 1981 against France (2 matches), in 1982 against Australia (2 matches), while at Leeds in 1985 against New Zealand (2 matches). [3]

Championship Final appearances

Jeff Grayshon played left-second-row in Dewsbury's 22–13 victory over Leeds in the Championship Final during the 1972–73 season at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 19 May 1973.

County Cup Final appearances

Jeff Grayshon played left-second-row in Dewsbury's 9–36 defeat by Leeds in the 1972–73 Yorkshire Cup Final at Odsal Stadium, Bradford on Saturday 7 October 1972, played left-prop in Bradford Northern's 5–10 defeat by Castleford in the 1981–82 Yorkshire Cup Final at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 3 October 1981, played left-prop in the 7–18 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1982–83 Yorkshire Cup Final at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 2 October 1982, played left-prop (replaced by interchange/substitute David Hobbs) in the 12–12 draw with Castleford in the 1987–88 Yorkshire Cup Final at Headingley on Saturday 17 October 1987 (he did not play in the replay), and played left-prop in Featherstone Rovers' 14–20 defeat by Bradford Northern in the 1989–90 Yorkshire Cup Final Headingley on Sunday 5 November 1989.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances

Jeff Grayshon played loose forward in Dewsbury's 2–22 defeat by St. Helens in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975.

John Player Trophy Final appearances

Jeff Grayshon played left-second-row in Bradford Northern's 6–0 victory over Widnes in the 1979–80 John Player Trophy Final at Headingley on Saturday 5 January 1980.

Genealogical information

Jeff Grayshon is the father of the rugby league footballer Paul Grayshon who played in the 1980s and 1990s for Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Northern. Jeff played until he was 45, so long that he actually played against his son. [8]

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References

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  8. Barraclough, Neil. "REVIEW: The Warrior: Jeff Grayshon MBE, by Maurice Bamford" . Retrieved 6 August 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Ward
1991-1994
Coach
Batley colours.svg
Batley

1994-1996
Succeeded by
Mike Kuiti
1996