Graham Shaw (footballer, born 1967)

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Graham Shaw
Personal information
Full name Graham Paul Shaw[1]
Date of birth (1967-06-07) 7 June 1967 (age 49)[1]
Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1983–1985 Stoke City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1989 Stoke City 99 (18)
1989–1992 Preston North End 121 (29)
1992–1995 Stoke City 36 (5)
1994 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 6 (0)
1995–1996 Rochdale 22 (0)
Total 284 (52)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Graham Paul Shaw (born 7 June 1967) is an English former footballer who made nearly 300 appearances in the Football League playing for Stoke City, Preston North End, Plymouth Argyle and Rochdale between 1985 and 1996.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Stoke City[edit]

Shaw was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme and signed on professional terms for local side Stoke City in June 1985 after progressing through the youth ranks at the Victoria Ground.[1] He had a decent debut season for Stoke in 1985–86 scoring five goals in 22 appearances.[1] He played in 20 matches in 1986–87 scoring twice and was top-scorer in 1987–88 with ten goals.[1] During that season Stoke played Liverpool in the FA Cup and Shaw had the chance to win the match for Stoke after he was put through one on one with 'keeper Mike Hooper but Shaw hesitated thinking he was offside and the chance had gone.[3] Stoke went on to lose the replay 1–0. Shaw scored six goals in 33 games in the 1988–89 season before being surprisingly sold by Mick Mills to Third Division Preston North End for £70,000.[1]

Preston North End[edit]

Shaw's time at Deepdale was a mixed affair however with him brilliant one game and then extremely disappointing the next.Much of this can however be put down to injuries and the fact that he never really had a regular or good enough strike partner.His first season with the club though started like a house on fire with him scoring six goals in his first four games including a League cup hat-trick against Tranmere Rovers. The rest of the season was a disappointment though with Shaw picking up an injury a few games later against Bristol Rovers and adding only five more goals to his early season burst.

His next two seasons with the club were more consistent with Shaw missing only a few games and scoring 15 goals in 1990–91 and 17 in 1991–92. Surprisingly though Shaw was offered the chance to return to Stoke on the eve of the 1992–93 season. With North End boss Les Chapman given funds to strengthen his squad after 2 disappointing seasons in which the club only just avoided relegation Shaw was sold back to Stoke as part payment for bringing Tony Ellis back to Preston. In all Shaw played 136(8) games for Preston scoring 42 goals.

Return to Stoke City[edit]

Shaw's second spell at Stoke started well with Shaw scoring six goals in 38 appearances in 1992–93 helping Stoke win the Second Division title.[1] However a persistent back injury limited his appearances and had a spell on loan at Plymouth Argyle at the beginning of the 1994–95 season also proved fruitless with Shaw failing to register a goal in six games.[4]

Rochdale[edit]

In March 1995 though Rochdale offered him a chance and signed him on a free transfer. In little over a season Shaw played 28 games for Dale scoring just two goals but due to his troublesome back and lack of luck in front of goal he was released in May 1996 a month before his 29th birthday.

After football[edit]

Shaw considered having a shot at coaching but after much deliberation decided to go to Staffordshire University and study criminal law. After six years of hard work, with the help of the PFA's education fund passed his final exams to become a fully qualified criminal lawyer, After working for a firm in Stoke-on-Trent for five years he now practices in Newcastle-Under-Lyme as a commercial sports solicitor.[5] In August 2010 prospective Port Vale investor Mike Newton revealed his plans to install Shaw as Chief Executive of the club.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Graham Shaw profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1985–86 Second Division 20 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 22 5
1986–87 Second Division 18 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 20 2
1987–88 Second Division 33 6 2 0 4 2 3 2 42 10
1988–89 Second Division 28 5 3 1 1 0 1 0 33 6
Total 99 18 6 1 7 2 5 2 117 23
Preston North End 1989–90 Third Division 31 5 1 0 2 4 3 2 37 11
1990–91 Third Division 44 10 1 0 1 1 7 4 53 15
1991–92 Third Division 46 14 3 1 2 1 3 0 54 16
Total 121 29 5 1 5 6 13 6 144 42
Stoke City 1992–93 Second Division 29 5 2 0 3 1 4 0 38 6
1993–94 First Division 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
1994–95 First Division 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 36 5 3 0 3 1 6 0 48 6
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 1994–95 Second Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Rochdale 1994–95 Third Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1995–96 Third Division 18 0 3 0 1 1 2 0 24 1
Total 22 0 3 0 1 1 2 0 28 1
Career Total 284 52 17 2 16 10 26 8 343 72
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy, Full Members Cup.

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Graham Shaw". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Stoke City: One-way traffic? Not a bit of it...". The Sentinel. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Graham Shaw Greens on Screen. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  5. ^ Clarkson, Ian (1 January 2007). "Without the PFA's help I would never have made it as a lawyer, says Graham Shaw". Givemefootball. Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Port Vale: Newton lines up ex-Stoke striker for role at Vale". The Sentinel. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010.