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Graham Leggat passes away

Fulham and Aberdeen are mourning the loss of one of their greatest ever players after Graham Leggat died at the age of 81.

The winger came through the Aberdeen junior leagues and became an integral part of the Pittodrie side which won the first of the club’s four league titles in 1955 at the age of 18.

Leggat also scored the winner for Aberdeen in their 2-1 League Cup final win against St Mirren at Hampden Park.

He then joined Fulham in 1958 for £20,000, teaming up with then England captain Johnny Haynes and went on to score 134 goals in 280 games during his eight-year stay at Craven Cottage.

The pair formed a prolific partnership and Leggat scored one of the quickest hat-tricks in football history over the course of three minutes in a game against Ipswich in 1963.

He also turned out for Birmingham and Rotherham as well as non-league side Bromsgrove Rovers and Toronto Blizzard in the North American Soccer League.

In addition to that, Leggat won 18 caps for Scotland, scoring eight goals, and played for his country at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden.

In 1971 Leggat emigrated to Canada, where he began a second career as an analyst on soccer telecasts for the CBC at the 1976 Summer Olympics and at the World Cup. He later became host of TSN’s popular Soccer Saturday program as well as an on-air analyst on its soccer telecasts.

He was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 as a ‘builder’. His son, also named Graham Leggat, was executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.

Leggat looks back

Great interview with Graham Leggat in the Scottish Sun today ahead of Scotland’s trip to Holland today. Shame there’s not too much on his time at Fulham in it, mind.

UPDATE: Had I looked there was a link to another excellent piece beneath where Leggat recalls his Fulham career. If the club really want to bring a legend back to do the draw or an appearance on the pitch at half-time, they should give Graham his wish of another trip to the Cottage. Thanks to b+w geezer from TIFF.