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Emma Jolliffe

Emma Jolliffe writes

Posted Thursday, October 11th 2018

Eighty not out for Graham Muxworthy

City Academy coach Graham Muxworthy celebrates his 80th birthday today with tributes pouring in from colleagues and players he has developed over the last three decades.

The former Crystal Palace, Weston-Super-Mare and Chippenham winger has been involved with Bristol City’s Academy since 1990 and is one of the most highly-respected and knowledgeable coaches in the region.

Under the management of Pete Coleman and Tony Fawthrop, Graham and his two fellow coaches developed the best young players in the area and built up an impressive reputation in the art of ball mastery.

And he is still going, with players such as Louis Carey, Matt Hewlett, Marvin Brown, Bobby Reid, Joe Bryan and Lloyd Kelly all coming through the ranks under Graham’s coaching.

Muxworthy’s fuss-free attitude, dry sense of humour and stories of his playing days are key in making sure players stay grounded while realising the opportunities they have ahead of them.

Academy Manager Gary Probert said: “We can’t thank Graham enough for all he continues to contribute to the players, staff and Academy as a whole. His commitment, enthusiasm and passion for coaching is infectious and I’m looking forward to having him as part of the club for many years to come.”

Lloyd Kelly, who trained with England’s first-team yesterday, and is set to feature for England Under-20s this evening, said: “Eighty years old and still coaching is a huge achievement and is something he should be proud of. He has inspired so many young people throughout the years to follow what they love, including myself, so happy birthday to Graham from all the City squad.”

There aren’t many octogenarians who are still impacting the professional game on a daily basis and City is lucky to have Graham as a key member of the backroom staff.

From all at the club, we’d like to wish him a very happy 80th birthday.

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