Martin Grainger made over 220 league appearances for Birmingham City between 1996 and 2005, but has now revealed that the club charged him for ‘use of the ground’ after his 2005 testimonial match.
Grainger, now aged 47, had a career as a professional footballer that spanned 15 years. He represented the likes of Colchester United and Brentford, but it was his nine-year spell with Birmingham that defined his career.
The defender developed a reputation as a no-nonsense type player, and became a huge favourite at St Andrew’s. He hung up his boots in 2005 though, following a testimonial match at St Andrew’s in his name.
But on Friday, the Enfield-born Grainger revealed an astonishing fact about his testimonial:
Couldn’t believe it in the days after the club charged me £6800 for the use of the ground https://t.co/tRh4CsHkAW
— Martin Grainger3 (@Gringo3333) April 17, 2020
Grainger claims to have been charged £6,800 in the days following his testimonial for the use of the pitch – at a time when were David Gold and David Sullivan in charge at the club.
The pair became co-chairmen of the club in 1996 and are today in power at West Ham United. At both clubs, the pair never had a good reputation, and Grainger’s claim sparked outrage on social media, but few people were surprised to find out.
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At West Ham, both Gold and Sullivan have received high-criticism. Combined, the pair have a net worth of over £1.6 billion and whilst they’ve invested heavily in West Ham, some of their footballing decisions have turned the Hammers fan on them.
These are two businessmen who’ve been in football for nearly 25 years.
Though they’ve been fairly free-spending with West Ham, that wasn’t always the case – certainly not at Birmingham City – and it comes as no surprise to hear about their treatment of Grainger.