Dávid Gróf

Dávid Gróf
Dávid Gróf
Gróf, Dávid.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth 17 April 1989 (1989-04-17) (age 22)
Place of birth Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Walsall
Number 21
Youth career
2006–2008 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Hibernian 0 (0)
2010–2011 Notts County 0 (0)
2010 Tamworth (loan) 0 (0)
2011–2011 Mansfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2011– Walsall 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:48, 5 November 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dávid Gróf (born 17 April 1989) is a Hungarian footballer who currently plays for League One side Walsall. Gróf plays as a goalkeeper. Gróf started his senior career with Hibernian, making one appearance during the 2008–09 season before being released from his contract.




Gróf, a goalkeeper, started his professional career with Hibernian. He made his professional debut in their 4–3 defeat by Greenock Morton in the Scottish League Cup on 26 August 2008.[1]

Later that season, Gróf was convicted of a drink driving offence and was consequently banned from driving for two years.[2] Hibs also disciplined the player, who made a public apology through the club's website.[2] He was relegated to the status of fourth choice goalkeeper at Hibs after the arrival of Grzegorz Szamotulski during January 2009.[3] Gróf went on trial at West Bromwich Albion,[3] but was released by Hibs towards the end of the 2008–09 season, despite having 18 months left on his contract.[4]

Following his release by Hibs, Gróf trained with English League Two side Gillingham, featuring in a reserve team match against Lewes.[5]

Notts County

Gróf went on trial with League One club Notts County in July 2010.[6] He agreed a deal to sign for the club, subject to medical.[6] On the same day as the deal with Notts County was announced, Gróf played for Tamworth in a friendly match against Aberdeen.[7] He completed the move on 26 July.[8] On 4 August 2010 it was confirmed that Gróf would be joining The Lambs on a one month loan deal in time for the new season.[9] Just six days later Gróf was recalled by his parent club.[10]

Gróf signed on loan with Conference National club Mansfield Town on 31 January 2011.[11] Grof played an integral part in Mansfield's FA Trophy run which saw the Stags lose to Darlington in the final at Wembley on 7 May.[citation needed] Despite not being permitted to play in the final itself, Grof became a hero to the Mansfield fans due to his performances in both the FA Trophy and the Conference National, and appeared before the game against Darlington to a standing ovation from the 6,000-strong travelling Mansfield fans.[citation needed]

Despite rave reviews of his performances at Mansfield, Grof was waived by Notts County at the end of the season alongside defender Graeme Lee.[citation needed].


Following a trial spell, Gróf signed a one year contract with Football League One side Walsall in July 2011. Gróf made his full Walsall debut against Bournemouth, keeping a cleen sheet in a 2-0 win. And made his home debut the next game in the Football League Trophy first round against Shrewsbury Town winning the game 2-1.[12]

Personal life

Gróf's father Attila also played professionally as a goalkeeper, for Vasas Budapest, Ujpest Dozsa, Videoton, Honved and Hungary.[13][14]

Gróf was convicted of a drink driving offence and banned from driving for two years.[2] He was charged with another drink driving offence in April 2009.[15]

Career statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 1 June 2011.

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008-09 Hibernian Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2010-11 Notts County League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Tamworth (loan) Conference National 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010-11 Mansfield Town (loan) Conference National 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Total Scotland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total England 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Career total 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 0


  1. ^ "Hibernian 3–4 Morton (aet)". BBC Sport. 26 August 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_cups/7581110.stm. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Second player disciplined by Hibs". BBC Sport. 19 December 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hibernian/7792050.stm. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Paterson, Colleen (20 January 2009). "Hibs boss Paatelainen says he can't stand in way of hungry Grof". Edinburgh Evening News. http://sport.scotsman.com/sport/Hibs-boss-Paatelainen-says-he.4892630.jp. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Hardie, David (2 March 2009). "Hibs boss believes goals will come". Edinburgh Evening News. http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/Hibs-boss-believes-goals-will.5027948.jp. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stimson includes three trialists in reserve game". Kent News. 25 March 2009. http://www.kentnews.co.uk/kent-news/Stimson-includes-three-trialists-in-reseve-game-newsinkent22498.aspx?news=sport. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "County agree double deal". Sky Sports. 24 July 2010. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_6277548,00.html. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Brown, Anthony (24 July 2010). "Tamworth 1 Aberdeen 1: McGhee has little ground for optimism". Sunday Herald. http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/spl/aberdeen/tamworth-1-aberdeen-1-mcghee-has-little-ground-for-optimism-1.1043499. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Notts County sign Krystian Pearce and David Grof". BBC Sport. 26 July 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/notts_county/8842997.stm. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Grof to be Lambs number one". ThisIsTamworth.co.uk. 4 August 2010. http://www.thisistamworth.co.uk/tamworthfc/Grof-Lambs-number/article-2490518-detail/article.html. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Grof returns to County". TheLambs.co.uk. 10 August 2010. http://www.thelambs.co.uk/news/grof-returns-to-county-1244.htm. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "Mansfield reveal triple signing". BBC News. 31 January 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/mansfield_town/9382694.stm. 
  12. ^ "David Grof lands contract at Walsall". Express & Star. 19 July 2011. http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/walsall-fc/2011/07/19/david-grof-lands-contract-at-walsall/. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Hardie, David (28 July 2008). "Teenage Grof makes his own piece of history". Edinburgh Evening News. http://sport.scotsman.com/hibernianfc/Teenage-Grof--makes-.4330554.jp. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Drink driving charge for ex-Hibs keeper who left Scotland". Edinburgh Evening News. 27 May 2009. http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/breaking-edinburgh-news/Drink-driving-charge-for-exHibs.5305278.jp. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Reynolds, Rory (4 July 2011). "Ex-Hibee in fine mess as court docks his wages". Edinburgh Evening News. http://www.scotsman.com/hibernianfc/ExHibee-in-fine-mess-as.6795501.jp. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 

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