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Len Graham

Millwall Athletic FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 2: A 3
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Leonard Graham
Birth 29 August 1901 at 237 Church Road, Leyton, Essex [registered in West Ham, December 1901]. Birthdate confirmed by the 1939 register.

According to the 1901 census, Jenny Graham was soon to have her fifth living child that would become Leonard.  His father, John, was a telegraph instrument maker. Living at 237 Church Road in Leyton.


According to the 1911 census, the nine year-old Leonard was now the youngest of five children. They still live at 237 Church Road. His father is still a telegraph instrument maker. His parents had two other children that had died.

  According to the 1921 census, Leonard, a wholesale draper's assistant is the only child still living at home with his parents still at 237 Church Road.
Marriage to Gladys E. Relf, on 19 October 1925 [registered in West Ham, December 1925].
"PROFESSIONAL footballers are not manual labourers and are therefore not insurable.
"This was the decision of Mr Justice Roche in the King's Bench Division yesterday when he gave judgement in the 'friendly' test case raised in a reference by the Ministry of Health. Len Graham, the Millwall full-back, was the respondent.
"The court was asked to decide whether, although a player might be paid more than £250 a year, he and and his employers were still liable to make health and unemployment contributions.
"Mr Anthony Hawke, for Len Graham and the Football League, explained to the judge that the League had no wish to escape their responsibilities and obligations towards players who did them such admirable service.
"If, in fact, on a true construction of the Act, players in receipt of a salary exceeding £250 a year were not insurable persons, the League did not want to continue making payments which, of course, involved a great deal of expense, not only upon League clubs, but upon the players themselves.
 "A professional player was certainly not an insurable person - provided he was in receipt of a salary exceeding £250 - within the terms of the National Health Insurance Act.
"Mr Justice Roche: 'Because he is not engaged in manual labour?'
"Mr Hawke: 'Yes.'
"'Playing football requires great skill and dexterity,' said Mr Hawke.
The Judge: 'And very hard work. So does cricket. Charles Fry told me that, although he made several centuries in university matches, he did not know really how to play cricket until he worked at it under the tuition of Ranjitsinjhi, as he then was.'
Mr Justice Roche, giving judgement, said: 'Play and work are two different things. Professional footballers are engaged not in work, but in play. They are playing for reward or payment, and so are professional cricketers, but they are still playing a game. It may be said that they are working at their play, and so they are. But what they are not doing is working at manual work. Footballers and professional cricketers are engaged to amuse and entertain other people at playing a game. For these reasons I hold that this man is employed not by way of manual labour and is not insurable.'
"The judge added that it had been made abundantly clear that this was not a question of the clubs or League organisations concerned not wishing to do the right thing by the players."
- Saturday, 21 April 1934, Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror
  According to the 1939 register, Leonard, a public house manager, is married to Gladys E., a manageress, and living at 103 Charing Cross Road in Holborn, along with two staff and two servants.
Death 21 December 1962, aged 61 years 114 days [registered in Kensington, December 1962].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Played schools football in Leyton, and junior football in the Walthamstow League for Capworth United FC. Played with Letyonstone FC in 1922-23, as well as touring with the Middlesex Wanderers FC. Joined Millwall Athletic FC as an amateur in 1923, becoming professional in the October. He remained at Millwall, becoming club captain, until injury forced his retirement in 1934, he had played in 313 league matches, scoring eight goals.
Club honours Football League Division Three South winners 1927-28;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance); FA Charity Shield runners-up with Professionals 1925;
Distinctions Also played cricket with Essex CCC (1926)
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 11lbs [1925].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 485th players (487) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
First match No. 144, 28 February 1925, Wales 1 England 2, a British Championship match at Vetch Field, Glamorgan Street, Swansea, aged 23 years 183 days.
Last match No. 145, 4 April 1925, Scotland 2 England 0, a British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 23 years 218 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1924-25;
Team honours None
Individual honours FA Tour of Australia 1925;
Distinctions The most appearanced Englishman at Millwall FC

Beyond England

A cricket coach at Merchant Taylors' School in Northwood. Appointed as an FA instructor to Kent Secondary Schoolboys in 1935, replacing Syd Puddefoot, who in turn had replaced Wally Hardinge. Afterwards, he coached The Hague from 1936 until 1939, when he became an licensee in Charing Cross. Later going into business. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.110.


Len Graham - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
3 2 2 180 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Len Graham - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0


Len Graham - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1924-25 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC All 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0
All 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 1 0 1.00 1.50 50.0 =0


Len Graham - Match History
 Club: Millwall Athletic F.C. - 2 full appearances

F.A. International Select Committee - 2 full capsx

Age 23
1 144 28 February 1925 - Wales 1 England 2, Vetch Field, Swansea BC AW Start lh
2 145 4 April 1925 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AL Start lh
 Club: Millwall F.C. - 0 full appearances  
Age 24
- 148 1 March 1926 - England 1 Wales 3, Selhurst Park, South Norwood BC HL reserve