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After boarding at Prince Alfred College with the likes of Ray Trenorden, the club finally convinced him to come down from Gulnare to Adelaide as a relatively mature player.
Those of us that were privileged to watch Graham play in the 1960’s saw a footballer who, when frequently moved to centre, could break away from a “Don Lindner centre tap” and with either foot drop the ball deep into the forward zone. Supporters often wondered with which foot he actually kicked. After only a handful of games in his first season in 1962 Graham was added to the state training squad. In that year Graham kicked 22 goals in 14 matches and was awarded the clubs Best First Year Player award.
In 1963 Graham only played 7 games, but the club noted: “Another of our players who was dogged by an early injury, which caused him to miss many matches. He is an artist when stationed on the half-forward flank position, elusive, marks well, and kicks the ball accurately with either foot. Everything at present points to Graham having a most successful 1964.” He played in the final series for North and was among North’s better players in the 1963 Grand Final where he was North’s top goalkicker in the game. He was awarded the Most Effective Player trophy in this year.
Subsequently Graham kicked 10 goals in 10 games in 1964 but sadly did not play beyond this season.
He retired back to his rural industry roots at the Bundaleer Stud, and played bowls for Gulnare in the mid-north of South Australia. Graham made an exemplary career for himself in the former field becoming a Life Member of the Shorthorn Society.
He also coached Gulnare and Gulnare-Red Hill to five premierships in 12 years and was a life member of the Broughton Football Association and Gulnare Football Club, Rocky River Cricket Association, Gulnare CFS, and the Gulnare Bowling Club.