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Sporting Person: JENNINGS, GRAHAM, Soccer
Jennings, Graham
Type Sporting Person
Sport Details Soccer
Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame Yes
Biography Graham Jennings success in soccer is a tribute to the mans skill and determination.That he played so well for so long at the games highest level, representing his country on 84 occasions in seven years, is evidence of his ability.
Graham began his playing days in 1967, starting out with Hamilton Azzuri Under 8's. He played for Azzurri until he was 12, then moved over to Adamstown Rosebuds. In 1972 Graham was picked in both the Newcastle and Northern NSW teams, the beginning of a long representative career.
1976 was a big year for Graham ; not only did he play in the Australian Championship winning Northern NSW team and go on a tour of West Germany with the team ( where he was the leading goal scorer ) , but he was also chosen in the NSW Basketball squad, after having represented Newcastle in the sport for 2 years!
His rise to the top in the game continued with his selection in the Australian Youth team in 1979. He played in the Australian Under 19 team that won the Oceania tournament that year, and went on a tour of South America for the World Youth Cup Qualifers.
Graham's talent saw him chased by several Sydney clubs, and he signed on with Sydney Olympic. This was the start of thirteen seasons playing in the National League, first with Olympic and later Sydney Croatia and Apia Leichhardt.
So well did he play in the National League that the Australian selectors watched him with great interest, and chose him to play for his country in 1983. This was the first of his 84 caps, which along the way saw Graham matching it with the best players from around the world in many tournaments, two World Cup campaigns, and the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoull, South Korea. Graham went on to become one of the ten most capped players in Australian soccers history.
The early '90s saw Graham return home to finish his career, with a few seasons playing for Toronto Awaba, then with the fledgling Newcastle Breakers, and finally back at Adamstown Rosebuds. He retired in 1996, after a long and distinguished career in the game.
Achievements Representative Games
NORTHERN NSW -- 1978, '92 - '94 ( 4 games, 1 goal )
NSW -- 1983 - '86 ( 4 games )
AUSTRALIA -- 1983 - '89 ( 84 games, 1 goal )
Club Honours
1976 - '96 Adamstown Rosebuds, Sydney Olympic, Sydney Croatia, Apia Leichhardt,
Toronto Awaba, Newcastle Breakers ( 541 games, 36 goals )
3 times National Cup winner -- 1983, '85 Sydney Olympic, '87 Sydney Croatia
National League Divisional Champions -- 1984 Sydney Olympic, '86 Sydney Croatia
National League Grand Final runner up -- 1984 Sydney Olympic, '86 Sydney Croatia
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