Grogan Johnny Image 1 Leicester City 1936

Grogan Johnny Image 1 Leicester City 1936


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Paisley, Renfrewshire born centre half Johnny Grogan played junior football for St Mirin’s Boys Guild in 1931, Paisley Carlisle in 1931 and Shawfield in 1932 before joining Leicester City in October 1933, for whom he made his Football League debut in a Second Division match at Newcastle United in October 1935. He played 10 matches as Leicester won the Second Division Championship in 1936-37 and had made 30 appearances for The Foxes by the time the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939 forced the abandonment of peacetime football.

Although never a regular at Filbert Street he returned to Leicester after the War, making a further 22 appearances during 1946-47 before joining Mansfield Town in September 1947 after 52 appearances for The Foxes. He enjoyed five seasons at Field Mill, being ever present when they were runners up in the Third Division (North) in 1950-51, before joining non league Bentley Engineering in the summer of 1952 after 217 appearances for The Stags ahead of his eventual retirement.

NB in the photograph Grogan stands on the right with team mate Fred Sharman.

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