It is with great sadness that Barnsley Football Club has learned of the passing of former Red, Malcolm Graham.
Originally a coal miner at Haigh Colliery, he joined the Reds as a part-time professional from local outfit Hall Green in April 1953.
A fine inside-left, his debut came almost two years after arriving at Oakwell – against Halifax Town – but he only waited another week for his first goal as he netted against Wrexham in a 4-2 win.
Capable of playing up front, on the left wing or as an inside-left, Malcolm was renowned for possessing one of the most powerful left-footed shots ever for Barnsley.
Such were his talents that many top clubs came circling, with an offer from Newcastle rejected, he then joined Bristol City alongside Johnny McCann for a combined fee of £20,000.
Malcolm did return to the Reds in 1964 after spells with Leyton Orient and Queens Park Rangers, scoring 41 goals in 135 appearances. His time with Orient saw him become a hero in the capital as he scored the goal to take them to the top flight in 1962.
Malcolm passed away in Barnsley on Saturday at the age of 81.
Our thoughts are with Malcolm’s friends and family at this difficult time.
Thursday 24th September at Wakefield Crematorium,
Standbridge Lane, Crigglestone, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 3JA. At 1pm and then on to:
Waterton Park Golf Club
Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers to the British Heart Foundation.