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Graham Leggat
Personal information
Date of birth (1934-06-20)20 June 1934
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of death 29 August 2015(2015-08-29) (aged 81)
Place of death Canada
Playing position Right winger
Youth career
Banks O'Dee
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1958 Aberdeen 109 (64)
1958–1966 Fulham 254 (127)
1966–1967 Birmingham City 16 (3)
1968 Rotherham United 16 (7)
1970 Bromsgrove Rovers
1971 Toronto Metros
Total 395 (201)
National team
1954–1957 Scottish League XI[1][2] 5 (6)
1956–1960 Scotland 18 (8)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Toronto Metros

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Graham Leggat (20 June 1934 – 29 August 2015) was a Scottish international football player.

Born in Aberdeen, Leggat started his career at his home town club as a right winger. He was part of the Aberdeen team that won the Scottish league title in 1954–55 and the 1955–56 Scottish League Cup. He six goals for the Scottish League XI in five appearances.[1][2]

He was transferred to Fulham in 1958 for £16,000, where he formed a right flank partnership with England captain Johnny Haynes. He wound down his career with short spells at Birmingham, Rotherham and Bromsgrove Rovers and was also briefly a coach at Aston Villa. Leggat held the record for the fastest hat-trick in the English league, having scored three goals in three minutes in a 10–1 win for Fulham against Ipswich Town on 26 December 1963.[3] This record was broken in May 2015 by Sadio Mane of Southampton.[3]

Leggat was selected in the Scotland squad for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, playing in the Scots' matches against Yugoslavia and Paraguay. In total he earned 18 full caps between 1956 and 1960.

In 1971 Leggatt emigrated to Canada and served as the first head coach of the Toronto Metros. Several years later he would become Vice-President and Managing Director for the Edmonton Drillers from 1979 to 1980.[4]

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'. Leggat died in August 2015, aged 81.[5]

His son, also named Graham Leggat, was executive director of the San Francisco Film Society from October 2005 until his death in August 2011.[6]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 Apr 1956 Hampden Park, Glasgow  England 1–0 1–1 BHC
2 5 Oct 1957 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–1 1–1 BHC
3 18 Oct 1958 Ninian Park, Cardiff  Wales 1–0 3–0 BHC
4 6 May 1959 Hampden Park, Glasgow  West Germany 3–1 3–2 Friendly
5 27 May 1959 Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam  Netherlands 2–1 2–1 Friendly
6 3 Oct 1959 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–0 4–0 BHC
7 4 Nov 1959 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Wales 1–1 1–1 BHC
8 19 Apr 1960 Hampden Park, Glasgow  England 1–0 1–1 BHC


  1. ^ a b http://www.londonhearts.com/SFL/players/grahamleggat.html
  2. ^ a b "Graham Leggatt". Londonhearts.com (London Hearts Supporters' Club). Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Davis, Toby (16 May 2015). "Villa and Leicester safe, Gerrard farewell agony". Reuters. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame Mourns the Loss of Graham Leggat". www.www.thesoccerhalloffame.ca. Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "AFC great passes away". www.afc.co.uk. Aberdeen FC. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Graham Leggat 1960–2011 The Filmmaker Magazine 26 August 2011

External links[edit]

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158 news items

The Guardian (blog)

The Guardian (blog)
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 02:00:45 -0800

The problem was that only one other player was watching him, and that was the Fulham striker Graham Leggat. “Dickie hit his goal-kick directly at Leggat,” the Observer reported. “Leggat said thank you very much and hit it straight back into the net.”.

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:43:45 -0700

Graham Leggat, the former Aberdeen and Scotland striker who played at the 1958 World Cup, has died at the age of 81. A statement on the Dons' official website read: 'Everyone at Aberdeen Football Club is saddened with the news that former star Graham ...

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 08:07:36 -0700

The former Scotland striker was best known in Canada as a commentator and host on TSN from 1986 to 2000. He began his broadcasting career covering Olympic and World Cup soccer competition with CBC in 1974. Known for his Scottish brogue, Leggat ...


Sun, 06 Sep 2015 11:00:00 -0700

Graham Leggat, a man who's football career left a mark on Scotland, England and Canada, passed away last Saturday aged 81. A native of Aberdeen, Leggat made his debut for his hometown club in 1953 when, under the management of Dave Halliday, the ...

News On News

News On News
Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:11:15 -0700

Graham Leggat, a former Scottish International player, joined TSN in 1986 as host of TSN's Soccer News and European Report. He also hosted TSN's World of Soccer, a weekly program featuring games and news from the premier leagues around the world, ...

Aberdeen Press and Journal

Aberdeen Press and Journal
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:51:27 -0700

Leggat came through the ranks in the Aberdeen junior leagues with Banks o' Dee and became an integral part of the Dons' championship-winning side of 1954-55. He was also in the team which won the League Cup the following season. Leggat was sold to ...

Aberdeen Evening Express

Aberdeen Evening Express
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:24:30 -0700

Graham Leggat, the former Aberdeen and Scotland striker who played at the 1958 World Cup, has died at the age of 81. A statement on the Dons' official website read: “Everyone at Aberdeen Football Club is saddened with the news that former star Graham ...
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:03:45 -0700

Ahead of the 12:00 kick off against Blackburn Rovers, a minutes` applause will be held for Graham Leggat. Leggat sadly passed away at the end of August and during his time at the club he was a prolific scorer averaging almost a goal every other game in ...

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