Graver: Frederick (Fred)
Born: Craighead, Co Durham: 08-09-1897
Debut v Notts County (a): 01-09-1924
5’9’ 12st (1922)
Graver moved quickly around the football circuit after leaving Burnhope Institute to
join Darlington in June 1920 and stayed for one season before leaving for North Eastern
League Club Shildon in August 1921. Grimsby Town signed him in May 1922, but scored just
once in six League games, before he returned to North Eastern League football with West
Stanley in May 1923. After scoring forty-one goals for them, he joined Leeds United in
May 1924. He could not establish himself at Elland Road, and soon moved to Southend
United in May 1925. He enjoyed a fairly productive spell, but only managed one goal in
ten League games, at Roots Hall, before returning once more to the North-East, signing
for Wallsend in 1926. His sons, Andy and Alf, both played for Lincoln City. Andy Graver
was a well known and prolific goal-scorer and he holds the Lincoln City aggregate League
goal scoring record with one hundred and forty-four goals in three spells with the club.
Fred Graver died in 1950.