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Granville Palin 1940-2016

10 September 2016

Walsall Football Club are saddened to learn of the death of former player Granville Palin. 

An FA Youth Cup winner with Wolves in 1958, Granville was brought to Walsall by Bill Moore in what was a golden era for the club and helped the Saddlers win promotion from the Third Division as runners-up in 1960/61. 

He scored ten goals in 140 Walsall appearances and is best remembered for his part in the 1962/63 relegation decider against Charlton, when he took over in goal after Alan Boswell went off injured. 

Off the field, he had great success as a manager in local football, winning trophies with Darlaston and Rushall Olympic. 

Granville was a welcome visitor to the club on Former Players' Day, and his son Leigh also had a career as a professional footballer. 

He passed away on 9th September 2016, aged 76. 

The thoughts of everyone at Walsall Football Club are with Granville’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Below is a 1970 programme article about Granville Palin.

Pictures and information courtesy of Steve Davies

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