|deCoubertin Books to publish The Signing Winger, the autobiography of Colin Grainger
Liverpool, 4 October 2019
deCoubertin Books are privileged to be able to bring you the autobiography of Colin Grainger, The Singing Winger.
Known as ‘The Singing Winger’ for his ability both out wide on a football field and centre stage at a concert hall, Colin Grainger had the privilege of sharing a changing room with Duncan Edwards and Stanley Matthews and a bill with the Beatles.
Starting out in 1950, Grainger’s professional football career spanned sixteen years, taking in all four divisions, and after Nat Lofthouse persuaded him to perform while on England duty, a successful singing career was born alongside. Grainger continued to marry his passions in the years to come, and this tale tells the story of life on the road as a professional in two industries and the joy of forging friendships with icons of a bygone era.
Now aged 86, Colin is one of the oldest surviving England internationals, having played in the country’s famous 4-2 win over Brazil in 1956, scoring 2 goals himself.
Hyder Jawád, co-author, says, ‘The opportunity to work on the story of a man whose playing career began in 1949, the peak of English football’s popularity, felt magical and inspiring. For me, as a keen reader of history, the chance to combine the story of Colin’s two wonderful careers with some wonderful social settings seemed something of a privilege.’
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About the Authors
Hyder Jawád, who collaborated with Colin Grainger on this book, is an award-winning journalist, radio broadcaster and author. He has written for the Liverpool Echo, the South China Morning Post, The Times and the Independent. He has written eleven books, including the bestselling John Aldridge autobiography in 1999, and has covered seven World Cups. He is the publisher and editor of Soccerama.