Vince Grimes was a Scunthorpe born midfielder who came through the youth system at Hull City, signing his first contract in May 1972. After two seasons playing largely in the reserves Grimes became a first team regular in March 1974 and, other than spells of injury caused by a troublesome achilles, retained that status for two years. In 1976/77 City signed new midfield resources in the shape of a youthful Dave Sunley and the ultra-experienced Billy Bremner, and Grimes fell out of favour. He stuck around for another 18 months playing only occasional first team games.
In December 1977 Grimes was loaned to Bradford City but a month later he left the Tigers for good, signing for his hometown club Scunthorpe United and reuniting with John Kaye, who was Hull City manager during his time at Boothferry Park and had two months previously left the Tigers and been appointd assistant manager at Scunthorpe. Grimes spent five years at the Old Show Ground and was once again a first team regular – he even struck up a friendship with England cricket hero Ian Botham, who played occasional games for the Iron in the late 1970s. Grimes was an accomplished cricketer and continued to play at amateur league level well into his late-50s.
Date/Place of Birth: 13 May 1954, Scunthorpe
Hull City First Game: 16 March 1974, Portsmouth A (Division Two), 19 years, 307 days old
Hull City Final Game: 29 November 1977, Arsenal A (League Cup Fourth Round), 23 years, 200 days old
Hull City (1972-1978), Bradford City (1977, loan), Scunthorpe United (1978-1982), Grantham Town
Hull City Record
Career: 104 apps, 11 goalsVince Grimes
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|1975/76||37 (0)||5||2 (0)||1||2 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0|
|1977/78||8 (2)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||3 (0)||1|