David Graham (footballer, born 1978)

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David Graham
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Personal information
Full name David Baillie Graham[1]
Date of birth (1978-10-06) 6 October 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sheffield FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Rangers 3 (0)
1998–2001 Dunfermline Athletic 39 (4)
2001 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (loan) 2 (0)
2001–2004 Torquay United 120 (47)
2004–2005 Wigan Athletic 30 (1)
2005–2007 Sheffield Wednesday 24 (2)
2006 Huddersfield Town (loan) 16 (9)
2006–2007 Bradford City (loan) 22 (3)
2007 Torquay United (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008 Gillingham 16 (3)
2008 Lincoln City 9 (0)
2009 Sheffield 2 (2)
2009–2010 Ilkeston Town 17 (4)
2010 Sheffield 16 (3)
2010–2011 Worksop Town 0 (0)
2011 - Sheffield 22 (4)
National team
1997–1998 Scotland U21[2] 8 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:50, 27 December 2008 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

David Baillie Graham (born 6 October 1978) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Sheffield. His favoured position is as a forward, although he can also play in midfield. He has been capped at Under-21 level by his country.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Graham began his career with Rangers, making his debut in the 5–3 away win against Shelbourne in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round first leg. He made four further appearances, all as a substitute before moving to Dunfermline Athletic in November 1998. He joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan in January 2001,[3] before moving to Torquay United on loan in March that year. He settled in well at Torquay United, helping the Devon side retain their league status on the final day of the season in the crucial game at Barnet. In July that year he signed permanently for Torquay and played a major role in turning the club's fortunes around, culminating in automatic promotion at the end of the 2003–04 season.

Wigan Athletic[edit]

Not surprisingly his form had been noticed by larger clubs than Torquay United and he moved to Wigan Athletic in June 2004 for a fee of £215,000.[4] Despite helping Wigan to the Premier League, scoring once against Coventry City in the process,[5] he moved to Sheffield Wednesday in August 2005 for a fee of £250,000.[6]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

A slow start to his career at Hillsborough led him to sign on loan at Huddersfield Town on 23 January 2006, until the end of the season.[7] He scored nine goals in seventeen appearances for Huddersfield Town, helping them to ensure a play-off place in League One, if not quite automatic promotion.

Graham was blocked from Wednesday's 2006 tour of the United States, visa restrictions due to a minor police offence nine years previously preventing his entry to the country.[8] Wednesday accepted an undisclosed bid for Graham from Blackpool on 27 July 2006, but he turned down the move, instead joining Bradford City on a five-month loan deal.[9]

After returning from his unsuccessful spell at Bradford, Graham again found it hard to break into Wednesday's first team under Brian Laws not making a single starting appearance for the first team. Although he impressed, scoring freely in the reserves. On 21 March it was announced that Graham would be returning to the team bottom of the football league where he first made a name for himself, on a loan until the end of the season, at Torquay United. In a bid to preserve their Football League status and hopefully impress Brian Laws enough to warrant a place on the team sheet.[10] It later became clear that Graham had been transfer listed, fined two weeks wages and sent to Torquay due to a 'serious breach of club discipline'.[11] Graham was unable to prevent Torquay's relegation from the Football League.

He finished his Wednesday career with three goals in 26 appearances.

Gillingham[edit]

At the end of the 2006–07 season Graham was told he had no future at the club and made available for transfer. He joined Gillingham on trial in July 2007.[12] He was released by Sheffield Wednesday on 6 August 2007[13] and signed for Gillingham on a one-year contract the following day.[14] He made his debut for Gillingham on 11 August 2007 against Cheltenham Town, as his side went down 1–0. He scored his first goals for the club on 2 October when he scored two in a 3–1 defeat of Leyton Orient. On 31 January, it was announced that he had been released from his contract.[15]

Lincoln City[edit]

On 27 June 2008, Graham agreed to join former manager Peter Jackson at Lincoln City on a six-month deal.[16] He made his debut against Rotherham United in a 1–0 defeat, and played ten games, eight as substitute, but failed to score during his six months. [17] Lincoln City released him when his six-month contract came to an end.[18]

Non-League[edit]

In March 2009 he signed for Sheffield of the Northern Premier League[19] and then moved on to Conference North outfit Ilkeston Town.[20] Following the winding-up of Ilkeston Town, Graham rejoined Sheffield F.C.[21] debuting in the 2–0 Northern Premier League Division One South away defeat to Carlton Town on 18 September 2010.[22]

In late October 2010 he moved to Worksop Town.[23] At the start of the 2011/12 season, Graham signed for a third spell at Sheffield F.C.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "David Graham". fitbastats.com. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Graham joins Caley Thistle on loan
  4. ^ Wigan win Graham chase
  5. ^ "Wigan 4–1 Coventry". BBC. 23 October 2004. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Graham makes Hillsborough switch
  7. ^ Huddersfield sign Graham on loan
  8. ^ Graham ruled out of Owls' US tour
  9. ^ Bantams beat Blackpool to Graham
  10. ^ O'Rourke, Peter. "Gulls grab Graham". Sky Sports. BSkyB. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Gillingham look at Owls striker
  13. ^ Graham Departs Hillsborough | Sheffield Wed | News | Latest News | Latest News
  14. ^ Graham becomes the latest to sign on the dotted line
  15. ^ "Exclusive:Lomas, Graham and Armstrong all depart". Gillingham F.C. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  16. ^ "Imps add striker Graham to squad". BBC Sport. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  17. ^ "David Graham". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  18. ^ "Striker Graham released by Imps". BBC Sport. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  19. ^ Official Sheffield F.C. website
  20. ^ This Is Derbyshire Website Match Report
  21. ^ "Experienced duo join Sheffield". NonLeagueDaily.com. 20 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Carlton Town 2 Sheffield FC 0". Sheffield F.C. Official Website. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  23. ^ "Ex-Scotland international joins Worksop". Non League News 24. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 

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