Time at club: 1986-1992
The goalkeeper has now been associated with the club for 25 years as a player and coach. Grew originally joined the club in 1988 on a free transfer from Ipswich Town but he suffered a serious injury in just his second game.
He battled back to regain his place in the side and voted player of the year in 1988-89 and again in 1991-92. He also played a key role in the 1988-89 promotion season. Team mate Robbie Earle commented that Grew was “a fine keeper who also brought professionalism and experience from his time at Ipswich and West Bromwich Albion. I’m not sure who gave him the title, but he quickly became John Rudge’s voice of reason in the dressing room. Never short of something to say, he changed the whole culture of the club.”
After a spell on loan at Blackburn in 1990, he left to join Cardiff City in 1992 and hung up his playing boots in 1995.
After retiring, Grew has had a long association with the club as a coach including three spells as caretaker manager.
More on Mark Grew:
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- Page made assistant manager
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- Wolves fan Grew eyes Vale victory
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- Double doubt for Vale
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