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Graham Levels Spireites' International Record

17 November 2016

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Liam Graham has this week equalled the number of international appearances while a Spireite with two more caps for New Zealand, moving level with Walter McMillen and Mark Williams.

Now up to four caps, the 24-year-old full-back's burst into the Spireites first-team squad prompted All Whites manager Anthony Hudson to call Graham up for the first time in the recent two-game tour of the United States - where the Spireite featured in games against Mexico and the USA.

Over the last weekend, Graham jetted even further afield to represent his country in their two Oceania World Cup qualifiers, at home and away to New Caledonia.

Graham started both games for the All Whites, and helped them keep two clean sheets in a 2-0 home win and a goal-less draw away in Koné. Rather aptly, geography fans will be pleased to note that the Chesterfield Islands make up part of New Caledonia, against who Graham equalled the club's international record.

The feat sees Graham - who returns to North Derbyshire ahead of the trip to Fleetwood Town on Saturday - move level with McMillen and Williams, two players who also earned four international caps while with the club.

Belfast-born McMillen won his international caps in the 1940s for Northern Ireland, and it was with the same country that centre-back Williams tasted international football half a century later in the 1990s.

We will be welcoming back record-holder Graham this week and toasting his success as he goes for the out-right Spireites record.

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