28 Facts About Graham Alexander


Graham Alexander was born on 10 October 1971 and is a professional football manager and former player who was most recently the manager of Scottish Premiership club Motherwell.

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Graham Alexander is the fourth oldest player to score in Premier League history.

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On 16 April 2011, in Burnley's win over Swansea City in a Championship match, Graham Alexander became only the second outfield player in English football history to have made 1,000 professional appearances, after Tony Ford.

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Graham Alexander is fourth on the list of footballers in England by number of league appearances.

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Graham Alexander was appointed manager of Fleetwood Town in December 2012.

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Graham Alexander then managed Scunthorpe United for two years before being appointed manager of newly promoted National League club Salford City on 14 May 2018.

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Graham Alexander guided Salford to promotion in his first season, but was sacked in October 2020.

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Graham Alexander then had 18 months as manager of Scottish club Motherwell.

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Graham Alexander began his career in the late 1980s as a youth player with Scunthorpe United.

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Graham Alexander made his first-team debut on 27 April 1991, coming on as a substitute for Mark Hine, and signed his first professional contract the same year.

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Graham Alexander made over 200 appearances at Scunthorpe before moving to Luton Town for a transfer fee of £100,000.

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Graham Alexander went on to make a similar number of appearances with Luton in his four years with the club.

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Graham Alexander became a first team regular at Deepdale, eventually club captain and an established set-piece taker, particularly in penalties.

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Graham Alexander stayed remarkably fit during his career, hardly ever suffering a major injury.

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On 29 June 2009, Graham Alexander signed a new one-year contract at Burnley, and on 15 August he became the oldest player to make a Premier League debut.

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Graham Alexander scored an equaliser against Arsenal, sending Gunners 'keeper Manuel Almunia the wrong way.

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Graham Alexander took penalties in an unusual way, opting to use the outside of his foot rather than the inside.

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Graham Alexander returned to Preston North End on 3 August 2011, as he signed a one-year contract with the club.

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Graham Alexander was the third Preston player to take a penalty in this shootout, and he blazed it over the bar, much to the disbelief of the fans.

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Graham Alexander started the next league game against Stevenage but was replaced through injury by Steven Smith after just 3 minutes, after which Graham Alexander did not feature for the Lilywhites for a long time, and there was speculation that he had played his last game for Preston, and in his career.

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Graham Alexander stepped up to curl the ball around the wall and inside the near post, scoring with the final kick of his career.

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Graham Alexander was shown only one yellow card while playing for Scotland, against New Zealand in May 2003.

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On 6 December 2012, Graham Alexander was appointed as the new manager of League Two club Fleetwood Town.

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On 22 March 2016, Graham Alexander was appointed as the new manager of League One side Scunthorpe United.

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On 24 March 2018, it was confirmed that Graham Alexander had parted ways with Scunthorpe after two years in association with the club; his side had gone eight games without a win, though left the club sat in fifth place.

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On 14 May 2018, Graham Alexander was appointed as the new manager of newly promoted National League club Salford City, signing onto a four-year contract, following the departures of previous joint-managers Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson.

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On 7 January 2021, Graham Alexander was announced as the new head coach of Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, following the departure of Stephen Robinson and replacing interim manager Keith Lasley.

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Graham Alexander left the club by mutual consent on 29 July 2022, following their elimination from the Europa Conference League by Sligo Rovers.

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