Hull born full back Graham James Wilkinson was raised on the Orchard Park Estate and joined the Tigers as an apprentice in 1950, signing his first professional contract in September 1952 just before his 18th birthday. Wilkinson was a stalwart of the City reserve side for many years, making nearly 130 appearances for the stiffs between 1954 and 1960. He broke into the first team just twice – firstly when Frank Harrison was absent in October 1958 and Graham started two matches at right back, secondly in March 1960 when Harrison was again absent and Wilkinson played once at left back.
Wilkinson left the Tigers in the 1960 close season and joined Bridlington Trinity, there are no records suggesting his time on the East Coast lasted long. Later in life he settled near Anlaby Common and died in April 2019 – donations from mourners were sent to dementia charities.
Date/Place of Birth: 21 October 1934, Hull
Hull City First Game: 6 October 1958, Chesterfield H (Division Three), 23 years, 350 days old
Hull City Final Game: 5 March 1960, Leyton Orient H (Division Two), 25 years, 136 days old
Hull City (1952-1960), Bridlington Trinity
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Career: 3 apps, 0 goalsGraham Wilkinson