Part 2: George Graham, The Manager – The Early Years

We pick up the George Graham story right at the end of his playing career. George was relatively free of bad injuries during his career but had a couple of bad ones during the twilight of his playing days. The first was when he was on loan to California Surf. George turned his ankle and an x-ray revealed he’d severed a tendon. The surgeon had to break George’s ankle in order to repair the tendon and ligament damage.
The second bad injury came when Palace were touring the United States and George broke his leg and that basically ended his career. When he returned to London Terry Venables then Palace manager had a heart-to-heart chat with him. George had been in discussions with Frank McLintock about going into the pub trade. Look said Terry “You and I know that your greatest love in life is football. You’ve got so much you can st...

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