GRANVILLE’S TRANSITION: From European trophy winner to PE teacher

A PRIOR The former Chelsea defender, who assisted the Blues in winning the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1998, is now a primary school PE instructor earning £5,000 per term.

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Danny Granville, now 48 years old, made a special appearance in the Blue jersey for the first time since the memorable night in Stockholm, where Gianfranco Zola’s goal secured Chelsea’s victory against Stuttgart. This triumph marked Chelsea’s first European silverware since 1971, with Granville contributing as a left-back, playing the full 90 minutes.

Originally signed for £300,000 from Cambridge United in 1997, Granville spent only one season at Stamford Bridge before being transferred to bitter rivals Leeds United. However, Chelsea managed to make a significant profit of £1.5 million by selling him for £1.8 million, a commendable piece of business considering his limited appearances for the club.

Following his stint at Leeds, Granville went on to play for Manchester City, aiding the club in achieving promotion to the Premier League in 2001. He then joined Crystal Palace, where he experienced his most successful period, helping the team secure promotion in the 2003-04 season and accumulating nearly 200 appearances for the club. Granville concluded his professional career with brief spells at Colchester United and Leyton Orient before transitioning to non-League football with Hemel Hempstead.

Since retiring from professional football, Granville has pursued a career in education and currently serves as the Games Teacher at Duncombe School in Hertfordshire. Duncombe School is a primary school with varying term fees, ranging from £4,500 for reception to £6,000 for Year 6 students.

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