Graham Abel

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Graham Abel
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-09-17) 17 September 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth Runcorn, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1985 Northwich Victoria 140 (18)
1985–1993 Chester City 296 (30)
1993–1994 Crewe Alexandra 20 (1)
1994–1996 Northwich Victoria 56 (2)
1996–1997 Chorley
1997–1998 Witton Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Graham Abel (born 17 September 1960) was a professional footballer who played in the Football League for Chester City and Crewe Alexandra as a central defender. He appeared at Wembley Stadium three times with Northwich Victoria in FA Trophy finals.

Playing career[edit]

Abel was born in Runcorn, Cheshire. At 25, he was a latecomer to professional football when he joined Chester in October 1985, having previously played non-league football for his hometown club Runcorn and Northwich Victoria. In 1982–83, Abel was part of the Northwich side that lost 2–1 to Telford United in the FA Trophy final, but a year later he helped the Vics beat Bangor City in a replay.

Abel made his Football League debut for Chester in a 1–0 win over Aldershot on 2 November 1985 and he played 23 consecutive league games as Chester achieved promotion. He remained a regular with the Blues until he was released at the end of the 1992–93 season, with his impressive tally of 30 goals helped by a strong penalty taking record and occasional spells at centre-forward. Abel also holds the honour of scoring the final Football League goal at Sealand Road, in a 2–0 win for Chester over Rotherham United on 28 April 1990.[1]

Abel remained in Cheshire and the Football League by joining Crewe Alexandra, who achieved promotion in his solitary season at the club. Abel then returned to Northwich for two seasons, ending with another trip to Wembley in a 3–1 defeat by Macclesfield Town in the 1995–96 season. Abel retired from football in 1998, after spells with Chorley and Witton Albion.


Chester City

Crewe Alexandra

Northwich Victoria


  • Sumner, Chas (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City F.C. 1885-1997. Yore Publications. ISBN 978-1-874427-52-0.
  • Hardman, John (2004). Alliance to Conference 1979-2004: The First 25 Years. Tony Williams Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1-869833-52-7.
  1. ^ Match report from

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