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Graham Meets up with Kiwi Fans

19 October 2016

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It was a case of home away from home for Liam Graham at Southend on Saturday, as he met three fellow Kiwis who had come to the game to watch him.

James Taylor, Paul de Bazin and Brendan McAlevey were the three New Zealand natives at Roots Hall with a Southend-supporting friend and picked up three specially-made Graham shirts bought from the Spireites Club Superstore and brought down by the kitman.

Brendan explained how the meeting had come about: "We just happened to be in the country at the same time as this game and a good friend is a big Southend fan so he organised for us to come along - when we realised that a New Zealander might play too that was a real bonus.

"Now we're in Liam's fan club, it was a big surprise recently to hear how well he was doing in England. He played really well over in the US and there was an article about what he's doing recently in the New Zealand Herald - and it's rare that there's anything about soccer in there.

"It mentioned his form for Chesterfield and a good performance against Mexico. There were good reviews and alongside Winston Reid at West Ham we need good defenders so Liam must have been highly-rated by the rest of the team.

Paul added: "We're playing the likes of New Caladonia and Fiji in the World Cup qualifiers. These games used to be easy beats, but they're getting closer now and when you travel to places like Papua New Guinea where it's hot there is an upset every now and again.

"We're undefeated in World Cups since 1982, so we have a record to hold on to. Hopefully Liam can be a part of it."

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