Allan McGraw is perhaps Morton’s greatest ever servant, having offered over 15 years of service as player and manager. McGraw signed for the club in 1961 and scored on his debut against Queen of the South, setting the tone for the next five years he would spent at the club: in each of those, McGraw was Morton’s top scorer, most famously in 1963/64 when he set the club record for most goals in a season with a staggering tally of 61 strikes in just 52 appearances.
That season’s goals helped Morton to the Second Division title and also to the League Cup Final where they would lose out to Rangers; this was to be the last major final Morton would appear in to date. McGraw’s sensational scoring exploits didn’t go unnoticed though, with Hibs paying Morton £15,000 for the striker’s signature in April 1966.
McGraw’s exceptional service to Morton wasn’t done there though, with Allan being appointed as manager in 1985. It wasn’t long before he delivered further success, winning the First Division title in 1986/87 along with the division’s Manager of the Year award. In the mid-1990’s McGraw further added to his legendary status by assembling arguably the greatest Morton side in recent times with the likes of Lindberg, McInnes and Rajamaki gracing the Cappielow turf. This side won the Second Division title in 1994/95, but sadly lost out on promotion the following season by the narrowest of margins.
With such an imperious record at the club, “Mr Morton” has more than earned the right to that grand nickname.
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