Skipper Graham heads the United appearance charts

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First published in Sport

SKIPPER Luke Graham headed the Hereford United appearance charts in the Bulls' successful battle to beat relegation from the Skrill Premier.

Graham figured in 41 of United's 46 matches, taking his tally to 89, plus two substitute appearances, during two seasons at Edgar Street where he enhanced his own personal reputation as an accomplished non-league centre-back.

Although Graham, who has declared that he will not be returning to Hereford for next season, made the most starts for the Bulls, it was Dan Walker who figured in the most games, however.

The striker started 26 of the United matches, but also added 17 appearances as a substitute and so only failed to take the field in three of the matches.

Chris Bush, with 39, was second after Graham in the most starts, and also added a further substitute appearance.

Rob Purdie, who started 21 matches with a further eight as substitute, has now taken his total appearances during three spells at Edgar Street to 259 with a further 66 from the bench.

Purdie failed to add to his 40 Bulls goals during what was generally a poor season for goalscorers at Edgar Street.

Michael Rankine, who included the priceless strike at Aldershot which kept the Bulls in the Conference Premier in his tally, was the top-scorer with just seven.

Centre-back Dom Collins, as well as being a promising defender alongside Graham, also proved his worth at the other end of the field by chipping in with five.

The best strike-rate, by some way, came from Mansfield loanee Ross Dyer, who scored four times in just five appearances during his month at Edgar Street.

Sam Smith also scored four times but, in contrast, these came from 34 appearances, eight of which came from the substites' bench.

CONFERENCE APPEARANCES: Luke Graham 41, Chris Bush 39+1 as a substitute, Rod McDonald 37, Dom Collins 32+2, Frankie Artus 31+3, Danny Leadbitter 30+8, Dan Walker 26+17, Sam Smith 26+8, Dan Lloyd-Weston 26+1, Michael Rankine 25+6, Jon Brown 21+13, Rob Purdie 21+8, Kingsley James 21+2, Chris Sharp 20+9, Rhys Evans 20, Josh O'Keefe 18, Jarrod Bowen 8, Damon Lathrope 8, Michael West 7+1, Paul Green 7, Jamie Edge 6+4, Richard Brodie 6+2, Micah Evans 6, Ross Dyer 5, Danny Pilkington 4+10, Sam Gwynne 4+1, Billy Murphy 4, Eric Odhiambo 2+5, Kevin Krans 2+1, Cory Williams 0+10, Joel Edwards 0+4, Jake Harris 1+1.

CONFERENCE And CUP APPEARANCES: Luke Graham 43, Chris Bush 40+2 as a substitute, Rod McDonald 40+1, Dom Collins 35+3, Frankie Artus 34+3, Danny Leadbitter 33+9, Dan Walker 29+18, Michael Rankine 28+7, Dan Lloyd-Weston 28+2, Sam Smith 27+9, Rob Purdie 24+8, Jon Brown 22+14, Rhys Evans 22, Josh O'Keefe 22, Chris Sharp 21+10, Kingsley James 21+2, Damon Lathrope 8+1, Jarrod Bowen 8, Michael West 7+1, Paul Green 7, Micah Evans 7, Jamie Edge 6+4, Richard Brodie 6+2, Danny Pilkington 5+10, Sam Gwynne 5+1, Ross Dyer 5, Eric Odhiambo 4+6, Billy Murphy 4+1, Kevin Krans 3+1, Joel Edwards 2+4, Cory Williams 0+10, Jake Harris 0+1.

CONFERENCE GOALS: Rankine 7, Collins 5, Dyer 4, Smith 4, Bush 3, Walker 3, James 2, McDonald 2, O'Keefe 2, Sharp 2, Artus 1, Bowen 1, Brodie 1, Brown 1, Graham 1, Krans 1, Odhiambo 1, West 1.

CONFERENCE AND CUP GOALS: Rankine 7, Collins 5, Dyer 4, Smith 4, Bush 3, O'Keefe 3, Walker 3, James 2, McDonald 2, Sharp 2, Artus 1, Bowen 1, Brodie 1, Brown 1, Graham 1, Jake Harris 1, Krans 1, Odhiambo 1, West 1.

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1:18pm Sat 31 May 14

cheneycharlie says...

Well done Luke and all of the players.

Sad to see such a good bunch of lads being let go and others leaving when such team spirit is hard to recreate.

Understandable that some the players will seek alternative clubs, but it will be infuriating if they are taken on by local conference or higher league teams, when they could have contributed to the Bulls' future, if there is to be one.
Well done Luke and all of the players. Sad to see such a good bunch of lads being let go and others leaving when such team spirit is hard to recreate. Understandable that some the players will seek alternative clubs, but it will be infuriating if they are taken on by local conference or higher league teams, when they could have contributed to the Bulls' future, if there is to be one. cheneycharlie
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