Luke Graham (footballer)

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Luke Graham
Luke Graham 2017-02-25 1.jpg
Graham with playing for Brackley Town in 2017
Personal information
Full name Luke William Graham[1]
Date of birth (1986-04-27) 27 April 1986 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Kettering, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Brackley Town
Youth career
0000–2003 Northampton Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Northampton Town 0 (0)
2003–2004Billericay Town (loan) 9 (1)
2004–2005Aylesbury United (loan) 4 (1)
2005Kettering Town (loan) 13 (0)
2005–2006Forest Green Rovers (loan) 27 (0)
2006–2009 Kettering Town 73 (2)
2008–2009King's Lynn (loan) 30 (4)
2009–2010 Mansfield Town 7 (0)
2009–2010York City (loan) 5 (0)
2010 York City 20 (1)
2010–2011 Kettering Town 25 (0)
2011Luton Town (loan) 10 (0)
2011–2012 Forest Green Rovers 28 (0)
2012–2014 Hereford United 85 (3)
2014–2015 Alfreton Town 45 (2)
2015– Brackley Town 81 (5)
National team
Republic of Ireland U18
Wales U19
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:08, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Luke William Graham (born 27 April 1986) is a semi-professional footballer who plays for Brackley Town as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kettering, Northamptonshire,[2] Graham started his career with Northampton Town in their youth system.[3] He was loaned to Billericay Town from November 2003 to February 2004, making nine appearances and scoring one goal in the Isthmian League Premier Division.[4][5] He was offered a professional contract with Northampton in May 2004.[6] Graham joined Southern League Premier Division side Aylesbury United on a one-month loan on 22 December 2004 and he completed this period successfully,[7][8] making five appearances and scoring one goal.[9] He joined Conference North side Kettering Town on loan in February 2005 and made 15 appearances, including playing in a 3–2 defeat after extra time against Altrincham in the play-off Final.[10][11] He signed a new contract with Northampton in August 2005 and joined Conference National team Forest Green Rovers on loan for the 2005–06 season,[12] where he made 30 appearances.[13]

Graham was released by Northampton on 10 May 2006 and later that month agreed to rejoin Kettering permanently.[14][15] He finished the 2006–07 season with 51 appearances and two goals, as Kettering reached the Conference North play-off semi-final.[16] Graham was a member of the side that won the Conference North title the following season, in which he made 35 appearances and scored one goal.[17] He agreed a new contract with the club in May 2008.[18] After struggling to make the breakthrough into the first team he was sent to Conference North side King's Lynn on a one-month loan on 21 October 2008,[19] which was extended for the rest of the 2008–09 season in November.[20]

Conference Premier club Mansfield Town signed Graham on 19 May 2009 but after he lost his place in the team was sent to divisional rivals York City on a one-month loan on 5 November.[21][22] The loan was extended for a second month on 9 December 2009 and he made the move permanent on 6 January 2010 after Mansfield agreed to give him a free transfer, signing until the end of the 2009–10 season.[23][24] He played for York in the play-offs where they eventually lost to Oxford United in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.[25]

Although he was offered a new two-year contract at York he moved back to Kettering on a two-year contract on 4 June 2010 with the option of a one-year extension, as it was closer to his home.[26] On 31 January 2011, the day of the transfer deadline, Graham signed on loan for Luton Town for the rest of the 2010–11 season, with a view to a permanent move.[27] He scored the winning goal on his full debut for the club, a 1–0 victory over Gloucester City, that put Luton into the quarter-final of the FA Trophy.[28]

Graham re-signed for Forest Green on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee on 30 July 2011.[29] He made 29 appearances for Forest Green in the 2011–12 season.[30] Graham and Forest Green agreed to part ways midway through Graham's two-year deal and he joined Hereford United on 20 June 2012.[31] After establishing himself as a vital part of the team, Graham signed a new one-year contract as a player/coach with Hereford on 11 June 2013.[32]

Graham turned down a new deal with Hereford to sign for Conference Premier club Alfreton Town on a two-year contract on 2 July 2014.[33] He wanted to combine playing part-time football with a career as a PE teacher, after completing a degree in sports journalism.[34]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Graham represented the Republic of Ireland under-18 team before playing for the Wales under-19 side.[35][36]

Career statistics[edit]

Graham playing for Brackley Town in 2017
As of match played 9 December 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Billericay Town (loan) 2003–04[5] Isthmian League Premier Division 9 1 9 1
Northampton Town 2004–05[37] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aylesbury United (loan) 2004–05[9] Southern League Premier Division 4 1 1[a] 0 5 1
Kettering Town (loan) 2004–05[11] Conference North 13 0 2[b] 0 15 0
Forest Green Rovers (loan) 2005–06[13] Conference National 27 0 0 0 3[a] 0 30 0
Kettering Town 2006–07[16] Conference North 41 1 4 1 6[c] 0 51 2
2007–08[17] Conference North 30 1 2 0 3[d] 0 35 1
2008–09[38] Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 73 2 6 1 9 0 88 3
King's Lynn (loan) 2008–09[39] Conference North 30 4 1 0 2[a] 1 33 5
Mansfield Town 2009–10[40] Conference Premier 7 0 0 0 7 0
York City (loan) 2009–10[25] Conference Premier 5 0 3 0 2[a] 0 10 0
York City 2009–10[25] Conference Premier 20 1 6[e] 0 26 1
Kettering Town 2010–11[41] Conference Premier 25 0 1 0 0 0 26 0
Luton Town (loan) 2010–11[28] Conference Premier 10 0 4[a] 1 14 1
Forest Green Rovers 2011–12[30] Conference Premier 28 0 0 0 1[a] 0 29 0
Hereford United 2012–13[2] Conference Premier 43 2 3 0 2[a] 0 48 2
2013–14[2] Conference Premier 42 1 1 0 0 0 43 1
Total 85 3 4 0 2 0 91 3
Alfreton Town 2014–15[2] Conference Premier 45 2 2 0 2[a] 1 49 3
Brackley Town 2015–16[2] National League North 27 1 3 1 0 0 30 2
2016–17[2] 35 3 4 0 6[a] 0 45 3
2017–18[2] 19 1 0 0 1[a] 0 20 1
Total 81 5 7 1 0 0 7 0 95 6
Career total 462 19 24 2 0 0 41 3 527 24
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in the FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in Conference North play-offs
  3. ^ Five appearances in FA Trophy, one in Conference North play-offs
  4. ^ Two appearances in Conference League Cup, one in FA Trophy
  5. ^ Three appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Kettering Town

References[edit]

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  32. ^ "Hereford United: New deals for Graham, O'Keefe and McDonald". BBC Sport. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
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