Graeme Armstrong

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Graeme Armstrong
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-06-23) 23 June 1956 (age 60)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender, Left-Winger
Youth career
Haddington Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975 Meadowbank Thistle 1 (0)
1975–1981 Stirling Albion 204 (24)
1981–1983 Berwick Rangers 83 (12)
1983–1992 Meadowbank Thistle 353 (37)
1992–2000 Stenhousemuir 268 (4)
2000–2001 Alloa Athletic 1 (0)
Total 910 (77)
Teams managed
1999–2000 Stenhousemuir
2005–2011 Newtongrange Star
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Graeme Armstrong (born 23 June 1956) is a retired Scottish footballer. He is best known for the longevity of his playing career, which encompassed a Scottish record figure of 910 league appearances over a 26-year period between 1975 and 2001. Including cup matches, Armstrong is one of a select number of players who have amassed over 1,000 career appearances.

Born in Edinburgh, Armstrong began his career in the non-leagues in Scotland, playing once as a trialist for Meadowbank Thistle, before being signed by Stirling Albion in 1975, making his league debut on 26 April 1975. Over the next 6 seasons "Louis" played in 204 games for the Yo-Yo's before being transferred to Berwick Rangers and then spending 10 years at Meadowbank Thistle.

He then moved on to Stenhousemuir, where he later became manager and guided the side to promotion. He was sacked in April 2000, with Stenhousemuir battling relegation. In 2005, Armstrong was voted Stenhousemuir's all-time cult hero by viewers of BBC's Football Focus.[1]

Armstrong joined Alloa Athletic as assistant-manager, also registering as a player, the following day. He played just once for Alloa, as a substitute in April 2001, at the age of 44 years,[2] before retiring. He was dismissed by Alloa in January 2003 as part of a drive to cut costs.[3]

In 2007, he guided Newtongrange to the Scottish Junior Football Association's East Region, South Division championship and promotion to the Premier League. On April 8, Graeme Armstrong resigned from his post as manager of Junior side Newtongrange Star after 6 years.[4]