Saturday, April 28th, 2012
Football will be worse off without Graham Alexander.
Preston’s 40-year-old Scottish legend called time on his career on Saturday after playing his 1,023rd professional match.
In a steller lower league career from Scunthorpe to Luton, Burnley and Preston, the former Scottish international finally hung up his boots after North End’s final match of the League One season against Charlton.
The occasion turned out to have a fairytale finish.
With Athletic 2-1 up in the final 10 minutes, Alexander was brought off the bench in the 83rd. Deep into stoppage time – in the 93rd minute – the dead-ball specialist got his opportunity with a free-kick just outside the box and, like a hero, the Scot curled his effort into the near post.
Deepdale went bananas and so did Alexander; the goalscorer celebrating his final contribution by euphorically jumping into the home crowd.
Sadly a dumbass referee then blackened the moment by booking Alexander when he reemerged onto the pitch. But, like a champ, the Scot brushed it by hugging the man in black as he savoured his perfect exit from football.