Good Luck Graham!

Former Macclesfield Town defender Graham Potter is all set to lead his Ostersunds side out against Arsenal this evening, with Arsene Wenger’s side travelling to Sweden in the Europa League Round of 32.

The Swedish side progressed to the knockout stages by virtue of finishing second in their group – behind Athletic Bilbao.

Potter joined The Silkmen on a free transfer from Boston United in 2004 after having played for the likes of Birmingham City, Stoke City and York earlier in his career.

The defender made 57 league appearances for Macc, scoring eight times before hanging up his boots in the summer of 2005.

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Graham in action for The Silkmen. (pic courtesy of Silkmen Archives).

Shortly after retiring Graham graduated from the Open University with a social sciences degree, before taking up the role of Football Development Manager at the University of Hull.

He then moved a short distance to the University of Leeds, where he undertook a similar role whilst completing his Masters degree in Leadership and Emotional Intelligence.

Swedish side Ostersunds FK then made their move and secured his services back in December 2010, awarding him a three year contract which was testament to the potential they saw in the fledgling Manager.

Yet Potter has rewarded them in abundance, taking them from the Fourth Division to the top flight for the first time in their history.

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Graham will be hoping to cause another upset against Arsenal.

Last April his side won the Swedish Cup and as a result, a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League.

The inspiring rise of Ostersunds was not over there however, as Potter’s side defeated the mighty Galatasaray, as well as Fola Esch and PAOK to reach the group stages for the first time.

This evening, Graham will lead his side out against the illustrious Gunners and it would be a brave man to bet against his side causing yet another upset.



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