Milton Graham

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Milton Graham
Personal information
Full name Milton Mackay Graham
Date of birth (1962-11-02) 2 November 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Hackney, England
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1979–81 AFC Bournemouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–85 AFC Bournemouth 73 (12)
1985–89 Chester City 129 (11)
1989–90 Peterborough United 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Milton Graham (born 2 November 1962, Hackney) was a professional footballer with A.F.C. Bournemouth, Chester City and Peterborough United in the 1980s. He is best remembered for scoring for Bournemouth in their 2-0 giantkilling win over Manchester United in the FA Cup in January 1984. He now lives in Peterborough married to Nina Graham and has three children Jamie Graham, Ashley Graham and Jordan Graham. The latter playing as a winger and signed a professional contract with Oxford United in September 2016.

Career Summary[edit]

A former schoolboy with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, Graham signed a professional contract with AFC Bournemouth in May 1981. His Football League debut followed against Bury in October 1981 and the skillful midfielder remained involved in the first-team squad (but could not always command a regular place) over the next four years, with his overhead kick against Manchester United opening the scoring in one of the biggest FA Cup shocks of modern times.[1]

In 1985, he dropped down a division by joining Division Four side Chester City, where he was to enjoy tremendous popularity over the next four years. He quickly struck up an effective midfield partnership with fellow new signing John Kelly[2] that helped seal promotion in their first season at the club and Graham was named the club's player of the season award in 1986-87.[3] He remained at the club for two more years before opting to join Peterborough United in the summer of 1989 for £70,000.[4]

Unfortunately, the injury problems that had blighted his final years at Chester[4] continued and he managed just 15 more Football League appearances before dropping into non–league football. He has since been involved at several southern-based non-league clubs, including Poole Town, Spalding United, Bourne Town, Grantham Town, King's Lynn and Holbeach United, where he has also been part of the coaching staff. Graham's goal for Peterborough United against Exeter City in 1989 was recently voted second best ever goal at London Road with none other than George Best claiming first place. Graham now works at Perkins Engines in Peterborough where he has lived since joining the club. His son, Jamie (born 1981), has played as a striker for clubs including Holbeach.

Honours[edit]

Bournemouth
Chester City

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sumner, Chas (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City F.C. 1885-1997. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "8 January 1984: Bournemouth 2 Man Utd 0". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  2. ^ Sumner (1997), p.102
  3. ^ Sumner (1997), p.104
  4. ^ a b Sumner (1997), p.106