Graham Cawthorne

Graham Cawthorne-ex Grimsby, Doncaster defender, who paid his own expenses to play in a trial match arranged by Gerry Francis against Bideford in October 1983.

Graham was born on the 30th September 1958, he played for Hayworth Colliery Institute in 1978/79 and from there he signed for Grimsby in 1979, he made one first team appearance, in the 3 seasons he was there.
In 1982 he signed for Doncaster, where in his first and only season, he played 33 games, scoring once.

After his trial at Exeter he returned to Lincolnshire and played at Spalding.
He also worked for Doncaster Council.

In 2010 the South Hams Gazette published the following 

"LODDISWELL Athletic Football Club reconvened for pre-season training this week, with manager Graham Cawthorne setting his players a bold target for the forthcoming campaign.

’I want Loddiswell to experience Premier Division football,’ said Cawthorne, ’it’s never been done here before.’

The former professional footballer has become permanent manager of the Greens after he was caretaker for most of last season following the departure of Mark Drews.

And he is eager to ensure Loddiswell improve on last season’s fifth-place finish in South Devon Football League’s Division One.

Agonisingly, Lodds were only two points off Staverton in third who went up to the Premier League.

And with Cawthorne, given his professional background, at the helm, Loddiswell players are optimistic that they can finally reach the Promised Land.

The six-foot-four former defender made his professional debut for Grimsby Town after signing as a 20-year-old from Yorkshire league colliery side Harworth.

He then went on to make 33 appearances for Doncaster Rovers, marking his debut for ’Donny’ with a goal in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town.

A commanding centre-half, Cawthorne’s career was cut short by injury, but he still looks back fondly on his playing days.

Graham was working in the South Hams in 2016, according the Football League Paper.



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