Graham Alexander

Date of birth10 October 1971
Place of birthCoventry
NationalityScottish
Weight78 kg
Height1.78 m
PositionDefender/Midfielder

Alexander began his career at Scunthorpe United where he signed professional forms in March 1990.

He developed into a skilful right sided midfielder, with good speed and has an excellent shot with both feet.

He left after after 149 league matches to join Luton Town in July 1995 for a £100,000 fee.

He was a virtual automatic first choice, filling in several positions when the team was depleted by injury.

He played at the start of the 1998-99 season but suffered a hamstring injury that ruled him out, he was snapped up by Preston North End in March for only £50,000.

He made his debut against Northampton Town at right back .

He was ever present in 1999-2000 as Preston won the Second Division title, and Alexander won a place in the PFA Second Division Team of the Season.

An injury at Bolton Wanderers in August 2000 saw Alexander miss his first league game since signing for Preston, but he went on to feature regularly for the club in the 2000-01 season, his only other absences coming with a brief suspension and when he suffered a broken rib on Boxing Day that led to a punctured lung and two-months on the sidelines.

He missed a spot kick in the Play-Offs against Birmingham City but regained his nerve to slot one away in the penalty shoot-out that followed.

He continued to be an automatic first choice at full back as Preston just missed the play-offs in 2001-02.

Alexander's contract at Preston was extended to June 2006 in March 2004.

He joined Burnley in August 2007 with a two-year contract that was extended to June 2010 in April 2009 and to June 2012 in May 2010.

When he came on as a late substitute in Burnley's Championship game against Swansea City on 16 April 2011, Alexander became only the second outfield player to make 1,000 senior appearances for clubs and country in British senior football.

He followed his former Scunthorpe United team mate Tony Ford, who went on to make a total of 1,074 appearances (not including games played for Barrow in 1986) before retiring at the age of 42 in November 2001.

Alexander's 1,000 total included 41 appearances for Scotland (40 full and one 'B'):

Scunthorpe United - 202

Luton Town - 183

Preston North End - 400

Burnley - 174

Scotland - 41

He re-joined Preston North End in August 2011 with a one-year contract. .

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Scunthorpe United 20 Mar 1990 08 Jul 1995
Luton Town 08 Jul 1995 25 Mar 1999
Preston North End 25 Mar 1999 30 Aug 2007
Burnley 30 Aug 2007 04 Jul 2011
Preston North End 03 Aug 2011 30 Jun 2012

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1997-98 Luton Town League Cup 1
1998-99 Luton Town FA Cup 1
1998-99 Luton Town League Cup 2
1
1999-00 Preston North End FA Cup 1
1999-00 Preston North End League Cup 1
2000-01 Preston North End League Cup 4
2
2000-01 Preston North End League Division 1 34
5
4
1
2000-01 Preston North End League Division 1 Play-Offs 3
1
2001-02 Preston North End FA Cup 3
1
2001-02 Preston North End League Cup 2
2001-02 Preston North End League Division 1 45
6
6
2002-03 Preston North End FA Cup 1
2002-03 Preston North End League Cup 4
1
2002-03 Preston North End League Division 1 45
10
6
2003-04 Preston North End FA Cup 3
2003-04 Preston North End League Cup 1
2003-04 Preston North End League Division 1 45
9
7
1
2004-05 Preston North End FA Cup 1
2004-05 Preston North End League Championship 41
1
7
5
2004-05 Preston North End League Championship Play-Offs
1
2004-05 Preston North End League Cup 3
1
2005-06 Preston North End FA Cup 2
1
2005-06 Preston North End League Championship 39
1
3
3
2005-06 Preston North End League Championship Play-Offs 2
2005-06 Preston North End League Cup
1
1
2006-07 Preston North End FA Cup 3
2006-07 Preston North End League Championship 42
6
7
1
2007-08 Burnley FA Cup 1
2007-08 Burnley League Championship 43
1
9
2007-08 Burnley League Cup
1
2007-08 Preston North End League Championship 3
2008-09 Burnley FA Cup 5
1
2008-09 Burnley League Championship 46
9
1
2008-09 Burnley League Championship Play-Offs 3
1
2008-09 Burnley League Cup 7
2009-10 Burnley FA Cup 2
1
2009-10 Burnley Premier League 33
7
3
2010-11 Burnley FA Cup 1
1
1
2010-11 Burnley League Championship 15
17
3
2
2010-11 Burnley League Cup 2
2011-12 Preston North End Johnstones Paint Trophy 1
1
2011-12 Preston North End League Cup 1
2011-12 Preston North End League One 17
1
2
4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
16 Sep 1997 Luton Town v West Bromwich Albion D 1-1 League Cup 2nd round 1st leg
27 Oct 1998 Luton Town v Coventry City W 2-0 League Cup 3rd round
01 Dec 1998 Sunderland v Luton Town L 3-0 League Cup Quarter-final
05 Dec 1998 Luton Town v Hull City L 1-2 FA Cup 2nd round


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
2001-02 Scotland International Friendly 1
1
2001-02 Scotland Reunification Cup
1
2002-03 Scotland International Friendly 3
2
1
2002-03 Scotland Semi-Pro 1
2002-03 Scotland UEFA European Championship 2
1
2003-04 Scotland International Friendly 1
2003-04 Scotland UEFA European Championship
1
2004-05 Scotland FIFA World Cup 2
2005-06 Scotland FIFA World Cup 4
2005-06 Scotland International Friendly 3
2006-07 Scotland International Friendly 1
2006-07 Scotland UEFA European Championship 5
1
2007-08 Scotland International Friendly
1
2007-08 Scotland UEFA European Championship 2
2008-09 Scotland FIFA World Cup 2
1
2008-09 Scotland International Friendly 1
1
2009-10 Scotland FIFA World Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
17 Apr 2002 Scotland v Nigeria L 1-2 International Friendly
16 May 2002 Korea Republic v Scotland L 4-1 International Friendly
23 May 2002 Hong Kong v Scotland W 0-4 REUNIFICATION CUP
21 Aug 2002 Scotland v Denmark L 0-1 International Friendly
07 Sep 2002 Faroe Islands v Scotland D 2-2 UEFA European Championship Group 5
15 Oct 2002 Scotland v Canada W 3-1 International Friendly
20 Nov 2002 Portugal v Scotland L 2-0 International Friendly
12 Feb 2003 Scotland v Republic of Ireland L 0-2 International Friendly
29 Mar 2003 Scotland v Iceland W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 5
02 Apr 2003 Lithuania v Scotland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
20 May 2003 Scotland v Northern Ireland W 2-1 SEMI PRO
27 May 2003 Scotland v New Zealand D 1-1 International Friendly
11 Oct 2003 Scotland v Lithuania W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 5
31 Mar 2004 Scotland v Romania L 1-2 International Friendly
04 Jun 2005 Scotland v Moldova W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
08 Jun 2005 Belarus v Scotland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
17 Aug 2005 Austria v Scotland D 2-2 International Friendly
03 Sep 2005 Scotland v Italy D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
07 Sep 2005 Norway v Scotland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
08 Oct 2005 Scotland v Belarus L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
12 Oct 2005 Slovenia v Scotland W 0-3 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
12 Nov 2005 Scotland v USA D 1-1 International Friendly
01 Mar 2006 Scotland v Switzerland L 1-3 International Friendly
06 Sep 2006 Lithuania v Scotland W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group B
07 Oct 2006 Scotland v France W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group B
11 Oct 2006 Ukraine v Scotland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group B
24 Mar 2007 Scotland v Georgia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group B
28 Mar 2007 Italy v Scotland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group B
30 May 2007 Austria v Scotland W 0-1 International Friendly
06 Jun 2007 Faroe Islands v Scotland W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group B
12 Sep 2007 France v Scotland W 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group B
17 Oct 2007 Georgia v Scotland L 2-0 UEFA European Championship Group B
26 Mar 2008 Scotland v Croatia D 1-1 International Friendly
20 Aug 2008 Scotland v Northern Ireland D 0-0 International Friendly
06 Sep 2008 FYR Macedonia v Scotland L 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
10 Sep 2008 Iceland v Scotland W 1-2 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
19 Nov 2008 Scotland v Argentina L 0-1 International Friendly
28 Mar 2009 Netherlands v Scotland L 3-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
12 Aug 2009 Norway v Scotland L 4-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9
05 Sep 2009 Scotland v FYR Macedonia W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 9


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.