Joe Grayson follows in former Preston North End boss's footsteps

Former Moorland School pupil Joe Grayson '“ son of ex-Preston North End boss Simon '“ is in the record books already after making his debut for Blackburn in their League Cup tie against Lincoln City.

Wednesday, 12th September 2018, 8:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 12th September 2018, 9:47 am
Joe and dad Simon Grayson

His Rovers debut saw the first father and son pairing to represent the Championship club for 89 years.

But for Grayson Snr, who had a three-year stint at Rovers and led North End to promotion via a Wembley play-off final in 2015, he admits seeing his son’s professional bow gave him the collywobbles. “I’ve managed for 13 years and played in the Premier League, so I know a bit about pressure, but I’ve never been so nervous before a game,” said proud father Simon.

“It is a big day for any dad when he sees his son play his first professional game and naturally you want to see him do well. It was a strange feeling sat in the stand, though, because when you’re a manager you can control the destiny of a match to a certain extent, by a tactical switch or with advice.

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“But looking down at the game watching Joe then it felt a completely different experience indeed.

“I settled down after about half an hour, though. It was definitely a more entertaining game than when I made my debut for Leeds at 17 – a 0-0 draw with Huddersfield!”

Joe is a product of the Moorland football academy and signed scholarship forms for Blackburn at 15 while still studying at the Clitheroe School.

Rovers boss Tony Mowbray said: “Lincoln’s Matt Rhead is a big centre-forward, a monster of a man but Joe coped well. It’s certainly a game he’ll remember for the rest of his life.”