Players - Bobby Graham

Bobby Graham
Birthdate: 22 November 1944
Birthplace: Motherwell, Scotland
Other clubs: Coventry City (1972-73), Tranmere Rovers (loan 1973), Motherwell (1973-77), Hamilton Academical (1977-81), Shotts Bon Accord
Bought from: Motherwell Bridge Works (youth)
Signed for LFC: Joined 1960 - Professional November 1961
Liverpool debut: 14.09.1964
Last appearance: 26.02.1972
Debut goal: 14.09.1964
Last goal: 26.02.1972
Contract expiry: 09.03.1972
Win ratio: 45.26% W:62 D:38 L:37
Games/goals ratio: 3.26
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 103 / 31
Total LFC games/goals: 137 / 42

Player Profile

Graham had three seasons in Liverpool reserves, scoring 16 goals in 40 matches in 1963/64, before scoring in his long-awaited first-team debut for the club in Liverpool's first European home game against KR Reykjavik on 14 September 1964. His League debut 12 days later was one of the best-ever in the history of the club as he scored a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Aston Villa 5-1 at Anfield two months before his twentieth birthday. He scored in the following game as well as well against Sheffield United but his explosive start fizzled out and he only played 12 matches in the next three seasons.

Graham won a regular place in the side in April 1969 when Roger Hunt and Ian St John were disappearing into the sunset and played all 54 games in the 1969/70 season. After a promising start to the 1970/71 season, he fell awkwardly on the Anfield turf when Chelsea were the visitors early in October and was carried off with a broken leg. John Toshack was signed from Cardiff City only weeks later and Kevin Keegan arrived from Scunthorpe the following spring. Graham's days at Liverpool were numbered and he moved on to Coventry City where he stayed 18 months, playing only 19 games and also being loaned out to Tranmere, before joining his hometown club, Motherwell, signing for his former teammate, Ian St John. Graham enjoyed much success on his return north of the border and scored 37 goals in 132 league matches for Motherwell between 1973-1977. He was signed by neighbours Hamilton Academical for a club record fee of £15,000 in 1977 and added 42 goals in 115 league matches in four years as well as being the club's assistant manager.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 103 10 8 15 1 137
1964-1965 14 0 0 1 0 15
1965-1966 1 0 0 0 0 1
1966-1967 3 0 0 2 0 5
1967-1968 5 1 0 0 0 6
1968-1969 13 1 1 1 0 16
1969-1970 42 6 2 4 0 54
1970-1971 14 0 2 4 0 20
1971-1972 11 2 3 3 1 20
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
7 Leeds United
7 Manchester City
7 Leicester City
7 WBA
6 Chelsea
6 Manchester United
6 West Ham United
6 Nottingham Forest
6 Coventry City
6 Sheffield United
5 Ipswich Town
5 Southampton
4 Stoke City
4 Wolves
4 Burnley
4 Tottenham
3 Arsenal
3 Everton
3 Crystal Palace
2 Mansfield Town
2 Dundalk
2 Vitoria Setubal
2 Bayern Munich
2 Servette
2 Newcastle United
2 Sunderland
2 Aston Villa
2 Huddersfield Town
2 Derby
2 Sheffield Wednesday
2 Watford
2 Ferencvaros
2 QPR
1 Athletic Bilbao
1 Ajax
1 Wrexham
1 KR Reykjavík
1 Petrolul Ploiesti
1 Birmingham City
1 Fulham
1 Blackpool
1 Hull City
1 Oxford United
Total Started/substitutions
125 Started
12 On the bench
12 Substitute
11 Substituted
Total Competition
103 League
10 FA Cup
9 European Fairs Cup
8 League Cup
3 European Cup
3 European Cup Winners Cup
1 Charity Shield
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 31 4 2 5 0 42
1964-1965 4 0 0 1 0 5
1965-1966 0 0 0 0 0 0
1966-1967 1 0 0 0 0 1
1967-1968 1 0 0 0 0 1
1968-1969 5 0 0 0 0 5
1969-1970 13 4 1 3 0 21
1970-1971 5 0 0 1 0 6
1971-1972 2 0 1 0 0 3
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 14.09.1964 KR Reykjavík Anfield Europe
50 30.08.1969 Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough League
100 22.08.1970 Huddersfield Town Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 65 14.09.1964 KR Reykjavík Anfield Europe
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Scrapbook
Focus on Bobby Graham from the 1970/71 season
Focus on Bobby Graham from the 1970/71 season
Graham finally settling in - from the 1969/70 season
Graham finally settling in - from the 1969/70 season
Graham floors Ipswich! - 29 March 1971
Graham floors Ipswich! - 29 March 1971
Graham showdown - 7 September 1971
Graham showdown - 7 September 1971
In and out but happy - Football Monthly November 1969
In and out but happy - Football Monthly November 1969
LFC Official Matchday Magazine interview 2000/01
LFC Official Matchday Magazine interview 2000/01
Poster from Jimmy Hill Football Weekly
Poster from Jimmy Hill Football Weekly
Poster of Bobby Graham - Football Monthly November 1969
Poster of Bobby Graham - Football Monthly November 1969
Poster of Bobby Graham - Goal magazine
Poster of Bobby Graham - Goal magazine
The best start-of-season player in Britain - from 1971/72
The best start-of-season player in Britain - from 1971/72
The day I caught a star!
The day I caught a star!
The in and out career of Bobby Graham
The in and out career of Bobby Graham
Three debut goals for Graham
Three debut goals for Graham
Two-goal Graham in bid for final - 26 April 1971
Two-goal Graham in bid for final - 26 April 1971
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Coventry City 1971-1972 England First Division 13 2 13 2
Coventry City 1972-1973 England First Division 6 1 6 1
Tranmere Rovers 1972-1973 England Third Division 10 3 10 3
Motherwell 1973-1974 Scotland Division 1 33 13 39 15
Motherwell 1974-1975 Scotland Division 1 32 11 44 15
Motherwell 1975-1976 Scotland Premier League 34 5 44 8
Motherwell 1976-1977 Scotland Premier League 33 8 40 9
Hamilton Academical 1977-1978 Scotland Division 1 38 10 43 11
Hamilton Academical 1978-1979 Scotland Division 1 38 18 40 18
Hamilton Academical 1979-1980 Scotland Division 1 30 11 35 14
Hamilton Academical 1980-1981 Scotland Division 1 12 3 14 3
Shotts Bon Accord 1981- Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 279 85 328 99