The entire Football NSW family was deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of one of the game’s most loved and adored members, the legend known as ‘GC’, Graham Crawhall.
Graham commenced his football career in the community Club of Greystanes FC; a member club of Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association.
He served Greystanes in a variety of executive roles before linking up with his best mate Mark Crittenden as team manager of Greystanes’ State League team, who would later award Graham with Life membership for his outstanding contributions.
Graham left his role with the Commonwealth Bank to join Football NSW in the mid-1990s, working in the competitions department for approximately ten years until his retirement.
During this time, Graham was well known for his professionalism and support of member Clubs.
At the same time, Graham undertook the role of team Manager for Blacktown City FC, a role he filled for the past 13 years, while also undertaking administrative duties over the last 11 seasons.
Whilst at his beloved Blacktown City, Graham was always seen as the popular father figure to many players, and the right-hand man to Head Coach Mark Crittenden.
When Blacktown City went through a difficult financial time, he volunteered his time to assist the Club, and was deservedly awarded Life membership at the club for his outstanding commitment.
It was fitting that GC was to be awarded with the Charles Valentine Medal in 2022 for his commitment, passion, and dedication to the game he ever so loved.
Graham was a wonderful servant to our game, a friend to many players, and an all-round lovable person.
GC we will miss you mate; you will always be in our hearts and minds, and we will always remember that smile you always seem to put on everyone’s face every time you graced your presence.
Football NSW wishes to offer its deepest condolences to the Crawhall family, his wife Carol and kids Steve and Kym, may he rest in heavenly peace.