Brian Graham (footballer)

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Brian Graham
Brian Graham - 1.jpg
Graham playing for Greenock Morton
Personal information
Full name Brian Graham[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-23) 23 November 1987 (age 31)[2]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 19
Youth career
Hillington F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Greenock Morton 65 (10)
2008–2009East Stirlingshire (loan) 33 (15)
2011–2013 Raith Rovers 58 (29)
2013–2015 Dundee United 31 (6)
2014–2015St Johnstone (loan) 24 (9)
2015–2016 Ross County 24 (6)
2016–2017 Hibernian 28 (4)
2017–2018 Cheltenham Town 27 (5)
2018– Ross County 30 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:32, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Brian Graham (born 23 November 1987) is a Scottish footballer, who plays for Ross County.

A striker, Graham spent five years at Greenock Morton after joining the club from Hillington. Whilst at Morton he spent a season on loan at East Stirlingshire in the Third Division. He then played for Raith Rovers, moving from there to Dundee United in 2013. After spending most of the 2014–15 season on loan to St Johnstone, he joined Ross County in June 2015. Graham was released from Ross County and signed for Hibernian in August 2016. He helped Hibernian win the 2016–17 Scottish Championship, then moved to English club Cheltenham Town in August 2017. Graham returned to Ross County in August 2018.

Career[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Graham made his senior début for Greenock Morton on 29 April 2006, at Station Park, Forfar against Forfar Athletic. He replaced that season, in order to come into contention for the first team, Allan Moore ordered him and Kevin Kelbie to lose weight (despite being one of the thinnest at the club).[3] After leaving Morton at the end of the 2010–11 season, he signed for Raith Rovers in May 2011.[4] He scored 11 goals in his first season at Stark's Park, two behind top scorer John Baird. Graham went on to 28 times in his second season at the club as they finished 6th in the First Division.

Graham was unveiled as a Dundee United player before the SPL club's last game of the 2012–13 season against Celtic at Tannadice, signing a two-year deal as Jon Daly made an exit.[5] Graham was mainly used as a substitute in his first season, with 23 of his 36 appearances coming from the bench. He scored his first goal for the club in a 4–1 win over Partick Thistle,[6] and went on to finish the season with seven goals in total.

In August 2014, Graham was loaned to St Johnstone for the rest of the 2014–15 season.[7] He scored the winning goal on his St Johnstone debut on 30 August 2014 in a 1–0 win away to Motherwell, in the 86th minute, having come on as a substitute.[8] On 20 December 2014, Graham scored from the penalty spot to give St Johnstone a 1–0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with the penalty being awarded after he appeared to be fouled by Inverness goalkeeper Dean Brill;[9] however, in the days following the match, he was offered a two-match suspension by the Scottish Football Association's compliance officer after it had been alleged he had dived to win the penalty. St Johnstone accepted the two-match suspension.[10]

In April 2015, Dundee United announced Graham would be released when his contract expires at the end of the season.[11] It was announced by Ross County in May 2015 that Graham would be joining the club on a two-year contract.[12] He scored 11 goals in his first season at the club and started the 2016 Scottish League Cup Final victory over Hibernian, which gave County their first ever piece of silverware.[13]

Graham began the 2016–17 season in fine form, scoring in all four of Ross County's group stage matches in the reformatted League Cup. He scored the winner in a 1–0 win against Montrose, followed by a 75th-minute penalty against his former club, Raith Rovers to rescue a 1–1 draw the following week. He also netted in a 3–2 to Alloa, and despite scoring a hat-trick as County thrashed Cove Rangers 7–0 on 30 July, it proved to be not enough as the club finished third in their group and thus failed to qualify for the knockout round. A 3–1 defeat to Dundee on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership season proved to be Graham's last match for Ross County as he was released by the club on 19 August 2016, despite having a year left on his contract.[14] He signed for Hibernian the next day on a free transfer, although County later received a fee as Hibs gained promotion to the Premiership.[15][16]

Graham signed for EFL League Two club Cheltenham Town in August 2017.[17][18]

Graham rejoined Ross County on 2 August 2018 after leaving Cheltenham at the end of the 2017-18 season. [19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greenock Morton 2005–06[20] Scottish Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07[21] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[22] Scottish First Division 13 1 1 0 1 0 3[a] 2 18 3
2008–09[23] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[24] 22 2 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 26 2
2010–11[25] 28 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 31 9
Greenock Morton 65 10 5 2 3 0 4 2 77 14
East Stirling (loan) 2008–09[23] Scottish Third Division 33 15 2 1 1 1 3[b] 1 39 18
Raith Rovers 2011–12[26] Scottish First Division 24 11 0 0 2 0 1[a] 0 27 11
2012–13[27] 34 18 2 2 3 4 2[a] 3 41 27
Raith Rovers 58 29 2 2 5 4 3 3 68 38
Dundee United 2013–14[28] Scottish Premiership 30 6 3 1 3 0 0 0 36 7
2014–15[29] 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Dundee United 31 6 3 1 3 0 0 0 37 7
St Johnstone (loan) 2014–15[29] Scottish Premiership 24 9 2 0 2 1 0 0 28 10
Ross County 2015–16[30] Scottish Premiership 23 6 4 4 4 1 0 0 31 11
2016–17[31] 1 0 0 0 4 6 0 0 5 6
Ross County 24 6 4 4 8 7 0 0 36 17
Hibernian 2016–17[31] Scottish Championship 28 4 4 0 0 0 1[a] 1 33 5
2017–18[32] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 1
Hibernian 28 4 4 0 2 1 1 1 35 6
Cheltenham Town 2017–18[32] League Two 27 5 1 0 1 0 2[c] 1 31 6
Ross County 2018–19[33] Scottish Championship 30 8 3 2 1 0 4[a] 4 38 14
Career total 320 92 26 12 26 14 17 12 389 134
  1. ^ a b c d e f Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ One appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup and two in the Scottish Second Division play-offs
  3. ^ Appearance in the Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ross County
Hibernian

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL Released and Retained List 2017-18" (PDF). English Football League. p. 73. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Brian Graham". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Ton boss issues hefty threat to strikers". Evening Times. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Brian Graham joins Raith". SPFL. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Dundee United: Brian Graham signs as Jon Daly exits". BBC Sport. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  6. ^ Crawford, Kenny (23 November 2013). "Dundee United 4-1 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ Brian Graham: St Johnstone sign Dundee United striker on loan, BBC Sport
  8. ^ Barnes, John (30 August 2014). "Motherwell 0-1 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  9. ^ Wilson, Richard (20 December 2014). "St Johnstone 1-0 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  10. ^ "St Johnstone accept two-match ban offered to Brian Graham for diving". STV Sport. STV. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Dundee United to release trio at the end of the season". BBC Sport. BBC. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Ross County: New signing Brian Graham impressed by Jim McIntyre". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
  13. ^ a b Wilson, Richard. "Scottish League Cup final: Hibernian 1-2 Ross County". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  14. ^ Hislop, John (20 August 2016). "Brian Graham poised to join Hibs after leaving Ross County". The Edinburgh Reporter. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  15. ^ Dowden, Martin (20 August 2016). "Brian Graham: Hibs sign striker after Ross County exit". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  16. ^ a b McLauchlin, Brian (15 April 2017). "Hibernian 3–0 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  17. ^ "GRAHAM JOINS CHELTENHAM TOWN". Hibernian FC. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Brian Graham: Cheltenham Town sign Hibernian striker on two-year deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  19. ^ "Ross County: Brian Graham returns for second spell". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Brian Graham in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  24. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  25. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Brian Graham in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Brian Graham in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Brian Graham in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Brian Graham in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  34. ^ "Ross County Secure title and promotion". BBC. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  35. ^ "Ross County lifted the Challenge Cup for a third time". BBC Sport. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  36. ^ "APRIL AWARDS FOR ROSS COUNTY". Scottish Professional Football League. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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