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Today we profile City Fans United first inductee into the Chester Football Club Hall of Fame, and it’s no other than true Chester legend, Grenville Millington.

With a total of 290 league games for Chester between 1969 and 1983 Grenville Millington held the club record for the number of goalkeeping appearances.

Grenville was and still is a very popular player with the supporters and this was reflected in the fact that he won The Player of The Year award a number of times.

A local lad, born in Queensferry, Grenville joined the Sealand Road club as an amateur from Rhyl and made one appearance for Chester at the end of the 1968/69 season in a match that he remembers also marked the debut of Nigel Edwards and the final appearance of Gary Talbot.

It proved to be almost five years before Grenville made his second appearance for Chester during which time he played in non-league circles for Rhyl and Witton Albion. While at Rhyl he helped the club to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup and the Cheshire County League Championship.

During the break before the start of the 1973/74 season Grenville trained with Brighton & Hove Albion but he remembers returning to Chester one weekend, going to see Ken Roberts and being offered a 12 month contract as understudy to John Taylor.

In December 1973 Grenville made his second appearance for Chester against Torquay and went on to play 23 games that season. In his time at Chester Grenville believes that the best he played was at Barnsley when he stopped everything that Barnsley could throw at his as Chester came away with a 1-0 victory. Asked about the best save he made Grenville recalls a game against Doncaster Rovers although he acknowledges that the save he will be remembered for came against Newcastle United at Sealand Road in the League Cup. The latter save came early in the second half with the score at 0-0 when Malcolm MacDonald unleashed a blistering drive which Grenville deflected brilliantly over the bar.

Grenville also has fond memories of the 3-0 League Cup victory over Leeds United when the players hit top form.  Grenville is pictured above making a wonder save during this amazing victory.  He recalls Ian Seddon having a magnificent game and remembering Billy Bremner being substituted with 20 minutes to go as the moment when he realised that Chester would win the game.

He has less happy memories of the semi-final second leg against Aston Villa although he felt he learnt more from that 3-2 defeat than any other game he played in. After leaving Chester at the end of the 1982/83 season, Grenville linked up with Ken Roberts at Oswestry. He made a brief return to League Football halfway through the 1983/84 season to help Wrexham out of an injury crisis and this took his number of League appearances over 300.

Since retiring from the game, Grenville has held coaching positions at Chester and Wrexham and is now the chairman of the Chester Former Players Association.

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