Chairman Would Swap MBE For Spartans In The SPFL
Written by RockSport on January 10, 2018
Spartans Community Football Academy were delighted to learn recently that Spartans FC Chairman, Craig Graham, had been awarded an MBE for services to sport and the community of Edinburgh in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Craig has received many notes of congratulation from across the world of football and beyond but he has stated he would gladly swap his MBE for a place for Spartans in the SPFL.
The Edinburgh club are jousting with BSC Glasgow, East Stirlingshire and East Kilbride currently for a place in SPFL League 2 at the top of the Lowland League with the Champions of the division facing off against the Highland League winners for the right to play the bottom club in League 2 at the end of the season for a coveted place in the Scottish League
Craig joined the Spartans club in 1984 as a young graduate playing as a goalkeeper. After two years in Edinburgh he then lived in Aberdeen and London before returning to London and playing again with Spartans from 1994. He would go on to play for both the 1st and 2nd XIs over the following 10 years with considerable success. His dedication included travelling back from work commitments as far away as Zurich and Amsterdam to simply train and don the club colours. Craig became Chairman (or Club Captain as it was then called) in 1996 and so started the growth of the Club and Academy that we know today.
As a hands-on Chairman, Craig led a period of critical growth and sustainability for Spartans. The expansion to three senior men’s teams was followed by the successful development of youth and woman’s sections. By the mid 2000’s Craig had begun to develop an exciting vision for the Club which hinged on a move across the road from the traditional home of Spartans – City Park, to a new home at Ainslie Park and the creation of the charitable arm of the club – the Spartans Community Football Academy.