Monday, 31 January 2011
272 Graham Hicks
Position : Centre half
Played : 1998-99 to 2000-01 (only appeared in first season)
Appearances : 1
Goals : 0
Graham, and his father Keith (see post 76) comprise the only father - and - son duo to feature in this story and he’s also the first player we’ve come to who is still in his twenties at the time of writing. He was on the bench for one or two of Barrow’s last games but his only League appearance was in the final game of 1998-99, a 1-1 draw at Brighton/Gillingham under David Hamilton’s stewardship. Graham did OK, helped by the fact that the whole team played with an all-too-obvious joie de vivre as a result of being allowed to play something resembling attacking football. It was a final indictment of Barrow that we could easily cope with 4-4-2 despite having a novice centre half (his mate Andy Farrell stayed on the bench).
Graham’s only other senior appearance was the following season’s FA Cup First Round tie at Burton where again he was OK in a 0-0 draw. He wasn’t called on again amid rumours that his weight was getting out of control and it must be doubtful that he would have been on the books for three years had his father not been employed at the club.
He was let go in 2001 and subsequently played for Chorley.
Graham completes the 1998-99 season.