Ray Graydon

Based on a Profile written by Chris Harte, Mar 2004 (Heroes and Villans site)

Ray Graydon joined Villa in the summer of 1971 from Bristol Rovers and was virtually an ever-present in the team that won the third division title in his first season. Initially his signing was not welcomed by Villa fans as a condition for the signing was the transfer of the popular Brian Godfrey in the other direction.

The player amassed well over two-hundred appearances in a Villa career that spanned six seasons. Perhaps the highlight for him was scoring from the rebound of his own penalty at the 1975 League Cup final against Norwich City at Wembley.

Graydon was an exciting winger - a busy, fast, player who also seemed to be just in the right place to notch some regular and important goals for Villa. A player who was vital to Villa in their transition from Division 3 to Division 1, Graydon was revitalized by Ron Saunders and seemed to find that process seamless – he was just as dangerous in whichever division he played.
 
After a season interrupted by injury, a second League Cup medal was won in 1977 before Graydon joined Coventry City that summer. After a season with Coventry he played in the North American Soccer League for a summer before joining Oxford United.
 
Graydon retired as a player in 1981.
 

Season

League

FA Cup

FL Cup

Europe

 

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

Games

Goals

1971-72

45

14

1

0

6

1

 

 

1972-73

32

9

1

0

2(1)

1

 

 

1973-74

19(4)

8

2

0

1

0

 

 

1974-75

37

19

3

2

10

6

 

 

1975-76

38

12

2

1

2

0

2

1

1976-77

18

6

1

0

4

1

0

0