Arthur Graham Profile

Arthur Graham

Ar­thur Gra­ham. born Glas­gow, Scot­land, Oct­ober 26, 1952. Ar­thur Gra­ham ar­rived at Ab­er­deen from Cam­buslang Ju­ni­ors at the be­gin­ning of the 1969-70 sea­son and the out­side left was soon in­cluded in the fir­st te­am at Pit­todrie. A tre­mend­ously gif­ted teen­ager, he was an im­port­ant part of the now le­gendary Ab­er­deen si­de which de­feated Jock Stein´s Lis­bon Li­ons 3-1 in the 1970 Scot­tish FA Cup Final.

Ar­thur Gra­ham ac­cu­mu­lated 220 Scot­tish Foot­ball Lea­gue ap­pear­ances for Ab­er­deen be­fore the pacey wing­er mo­ved on to Eng­lish Fir­st Di­vi­sion club Leeds Uni­ted for a trans­fer fee of £125,000 in the sum­mer of 1977. At El­land Road, Gra­ham ma­naged to notch up a fine total of 47 goals in 260 ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions for The Pea­cocks dur­ing his six sea­sons in West York­shire, but as the once mighty club were re­leg­ated to the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion in 1981-82, and failed to re­gain their status in the Fir­st Di­vi­sion the fol­low­ing sea­son, he was ev­entually trans­ferred to Man­chester Uni­ted for a bar­gain fee of £50,000 at the start of the 1983-84 cam­paign. He made his fir­st com­pet­it­ive ap­pear­ance for Man­chester Uni­ted in a 2-0 FA Char­ity Shield win over reign­ing Foot­ball Lea­gue Cham­pi­ons Liver­pool at Wemb­ley on the 20th of Au­gust 1983 and his Fir­st Di­vi­sion de­but for The Reds in a 3-1 vic­tory ag­ainst Queens Park Ran­gers at Old Traf­ford sev­en days la­ter. Des­pite of the fact that he spent on­ly two sea­sons at Old Traf­ford, he en­joyed a re­l­at­ively suc­cess­ful spell un­der man­ager Ron Atkin­son and the con­sist­ent and hard work­ing per­former played 37 Foot­ball Lea­gue ga­mes for the si­de be­fore he fin­ished his pro­fes­sion­al play­ing ca­reer wi­th Brad­ford City in 1987. A Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al, the Rick Wake­man look-a-like gain­ed a total of el­ev­en full caps af­ter be­ing giv­en his seni­or de­but by Ally McLeod as a sec­ond-ha­lf sub­sti­tute for West Brom­wich Al­bion flanker Wil­lie Jonh­ston in a nar­row 1-0 friendly de­feat ag­ainst East Ger­many in front of a 50,000 crowd at Sta­di­on der Weltju­gend in East Ber­lin on the 7th of Septem­ber 1977. Ar­thur Gra­ham Play­ing Ca­reer: Ab­er­deen, Leeds Uni­ted, Man­chester Uni­ted, Brad­ford City. Play­ing Hon­ours: Eng­lish FA Char­oty Shield 1993, Scot­tish FA Cup 1970, Scot­tish Foot­ball Lea­gue Cup 1977.

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