In remembrance of former Linfield player Archibald J. Grant RA 1942

Posted : 14th March 2019 at 21:43:34

A welcome, unexpected and impressed visitor in the Windsor Park office today was Russell Grant from the Newtownbreda area of South Belfast.

Russell visited the office to see the war memorial that has been erected by way of tribute to the club’s former players who served in the World wars and other conflicts.

As can be seen from the photo below, of particular interest to Russell was the inscription in honour of his grandfather Bomber Archibald Grant who served in the Royal Artillery and whose army vehicle was involved in a tragic accident in Aberdeen in March 1942.

Audaces Fortuna Juvat

The following information is taken from the handwritten records of the former chairman David Crawford.

Archibald Jackson Grant was born in Belfast on August 19, 1905 and he lived at 20 Chamberlain Street in Belfast.

He signed for Linfield for season 1925/26 when he made 18 appearances.

He made his debut v Glenavon on 9 January 1926 and signed professional in June 1926.

In the following 1926/27 season he made only one appearance (plus 29 for Linfield Swifts).

He was part of the 1925/26 season half back line of Stewart, Moorehead and Grant.

He picked up an Irish Cup runners up medal in 1926 against Belfast Celtic.

His brother had been killed in the First World War in 1916.

Other teams Archibald Grant Played for include

Ulster Rangers - 1927/28

Templemore - 1928/29

Queens island 1928/29

Banbridge town 1929/30

Brantwood - 1930/31

Sydenham - 1931/32

Newry Town - 1932

Archibald Grant was buried in Dundonald cemetery.
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