Graham Alexander is a true legend. After moving from Burnley to nearby Preston, the 40-year-old Scotsman retired from professional football yesterday after 1023 matches, after Preston’s last game of the season against Charlton Athletic at Deepdale. Thankfully, the game was memorable for the veteran.
He was brought on by manager Graham Westley in the 83rd minute of the game with Charlton winning 2-1, but when Preston got a free kick in the 93rd minute there were no arguments over who was going to have the shot on goal. Alexander stepped up and curled the ball inside the near post, prompting scenes of wild celebration from the player.
He jumped into the crowd and was booked for his celebrations (letter of the law and all that). But rather than letting this sour his moment, the Scotsman instead hugged the referee as he beamed after ending his career in the best possible way!
Sometimes, it’s not hard to bloody love football.