Focus On; Arthur Graham

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After a short spell in the Junior grade with Cambuslang Rangers, in early 1970 he was signed by Aberdeen whose scout Bobby Calder offered generous terms to persuade him to move north with Celtic also showing interest. He played in five league matches during his first season with the club, and despite his inexperience, he was given a place in the starting line-up for the 1970 Scottish Cup Final by manager Eddie Turnbull.

Aberdeen defeated Celtic 3–1 with 17-year-old Graham making two assists via left-wing crosses. He remained at Aberdeen until July 1977, winning the Scottish League Cup in his final season (again beating Celtic in the final). He played a total of 298 matches for The Dons, scoring 45 goals.

He joined Leeds United for £125,000 at the start of the 1977–78 season. He scored a total of 47 goals in 260 appearances for Leeds over six seasons, including a hat-trick against Birmingham City on 14 January 1978 – the first hat-trick to be scored by a Leeds United player in any competition for nearly five years.

However, Leeds were relegated to the Second Division in the 1981–82 season and failed to regain their status in the top flight in 1982–83. Graham was subsequently sold to Manchester United for £45,000 in August 1983.

He remained at Old Trafford for two seasons, scoring seven goals in 52 appearances in all competitions, before finishing his career at Bradford City where he remained until 1987.

Having been capped at under-23 level at Aberdeen, Graham’s international career seemed to be over prematurely when he was one of a group of squad players (including Billy Bremner and Joe Harper) ‘banned for life’ after an incident in Copenhagen in 1975. He was later reprieved, and won a total of 11 full international caps for Scotland while playing for Leeds, making his debut against East Germany in 1977. He scored twice at international level, against Argentina and Northern Ireland – both in 1979.


  • Full Name: Arthur Graham
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 26.10.1952
  • Birthplace: Glasgow
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Caps: 11
  • Goals: 2
  • Club Career: Leeds United
  • Period: 1977-1983
    • League Games, 223
    • League Goals, 37
    • Previous Club: Aberdeen
      • Transfer Fee: £125.000
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