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Graeme Tomlinson's Biography

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Graeme Tomlinson was born on 10 December 1975.

He played as a striker, and favoured the centre forward position.

He started playing in football teams as early as six years old and tended to be a year or two younger than the level he was playing at.

Graeme's clubs included Manchester United, Bradford City, Milwall, Bournemouth, Wimbledon, Stevenage, Macclesfield, Exeter, St Albans, Billericay, Kingstonian, and Bedford Town FC, where he is now a coach.

We asked Graeme Tomlinson whether he had a footballing hero, he replied:

"Hero, no, I used to watch many strikers and their movement and the different finishing techniques. However, a player called Mark Walters (he was actually a winger) when he was at Rangers was someone whom I loved. When I played on the wings I would think I was him with his step-overs and dribbling ability. I still believe now that wherever you play on a pitch, try and visualise a player you aspire to be in the position you are playing. I feel it gives focus and confidence."

What is the highlight of your football career to date?

"Maybe my debut for Bradford City. I scored and got Man of the Match. I Did interviews after the game, I was in the papers etc. It was all new to me and it was the start of professional playing career. I probably didn’t realise at 17 that it meant so much to the fans, board members, media etc and also to my parents, them seeing their son doing well in front of thousands of fans is a nice feeling. You don’t appreciate it when younger, you do as you get older. I also will add when I signed For Manchester United, meeting Sir Alex Ferguson signing on the pitch etc, maybe that’s a story for another day!"

Graeme also mentions a highlight of his footballing career was when he scored a bicycle kick in a Yorkshire derby for Bradford City and he turned round and saw his Dad jumping up and down with thousands of fans: "It was an unforgettable memory for me."

Graeme's son Conor Tomlinson plays for Bedford Town FC, where Graeme coaches.

In December 2022, after the departure of Gary Setchell, Bedford Town FC announced: "Graeme Tomlinson will be in charge for Saturday's away trip to Tamworth. Graeme will be assisted by senior players Craig Mackail-Smith, George Thorne and Callum Donnelly."

On 27 December 2022, Bedford Town FC issued a statement that Paul Davis would be the new manager and that "Graeme has agreed to become the club’s assistant manager, working alongside Paul as Manager and Dan [Nolan] as coach."

Outside of football, Graeme Tomlinson is a director for an estate / land agency.

He was the most expensive Youth Player/YTS player in country when he signed for Man Utd.

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