Tommy McGrain

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Tommy McGrain
Personal information
Full nameThomas McGrain
Date of birth (1959-01-31) 31 January 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Celtic Boys Club
1974–1977 Celtic
1975–1976Maryhill (loan)
1976–1977Duntocher Hibs (loan)
1977–1978 Partick Thistle
Senior career*
1978 Galway Rovers
1979 Sligo Rovers
1979–1981 Dumbarton [1] 50 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas McGrain (born 31 January 1959) is a Scottish retired footballer who played as a midfielder. He is the younger brother of Danny McGrain, [2] [3] one of Celtic's most lauded players.

McGrain was initially signed up on an 'S' form by Celtic. After a couple of seasons on loan in the Junior ranks with Maryhill (where Danny had also played) [4] and Duntocher Hibs, he was released by Celtic and signed for Partick Thistle, [5] managed by former Hoops star Bertie Auld. He was also unable to break into the first team at the Jags [2] and moved to the Republic of Ireland, initially to Galway Rovers where another former Celtic man Tommy Callaghan had become player-manager. [3]

In 1979, McGrain returned to Scotland and joined Dumbarton, [6] [7] playing for two seasons in the Scottish First Division. In 1980, he scored league goals against Heart of Midlothian and St Johnstone. [8] In 1981, he left the Sons and reverted to the Junior grade with Pollok. [9]

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