Graham Deakin | Assistant manager

BORN

DoB

HEIGHT

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Birmingham

24.4.1987

5ft 7"

PLAYER BIO

Former Walsall midfielder who was appointed as Hednesford's assistant manager to Keenen Meakin-Richards in October 2020

A trainee at Walsall from an early age, Deakin signed a professional contract with the Saddlers in the the summer of 2006 after two seasons in the reserve team. He was immediately sent out on loan to Blue Square Premier side Tamworth at the start of the 2006-2007 campaign, making five appearances at the Lamb during a month's spell there

After returning to Walsall, Deakin made three substitute appearances for Richard Money's side during their memorable League Two title winning season before being released in May 2007. Despite trialling for a number of clubs during the summer of 2007, Deakin eventually joined Blue Square North side Redditch United on the eve of the new season and was a regular in the Reds' midfield as they finished in mid-table at the end of the season under Rod Brown

Despite remaining at the Valley Stadium for the start of the following season, Deakin eventually followed former manager Brown to near neighbours Bromsgrove Rovers in October 2008 after Brown had returned to Redditch to raid them of some of their star names. Deakin was an important influence in the Rovers' midfield as they finished in a disappointing mid-table position in the British Gas Southern League Midland Division. By this point, m however, Deakin had already left the Victoria Ground after joining Halesowen Town on a short-term deal until the end of the season in March 2009

A trip across Birmingham to Bromsgrove's league rivals Sutton Coldfield Town followed in June 2009 but was to prove to be a luckless spell at Coles Lane as he failed to kick a ball in anger for the Royals after being involved in a serious car crash on the eve the season that ruled the player out for a long-term spell

After finally recovering from numerous injuries sustained from the car crash, Deakin signed fresh forms with Sutton once more, leaving in January 2014 to  join Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One Central side Romulus - Sutton's current ground share tenants - for a two-month spell

In March 2014, Deakin returned to Sutton on a short-term deal until the end of the season. The midfielder made a return to step three in June 2014 with a move to Rushall Olympic, only to return to Neil Tooth's Royals side before the start of the 2014-2015 season

In March 2015, Deakin made the move to league rivals Stafford Rangers, only making one substitute appearance at Marston Road before the end of the season 

A return to Romulus was in the offing in 2017 as Deakin took his first steps into coaching by re-joining the Roms as player/coach to support manager Richard Evans and assistant Dale Belford. Romulus's tenure at step four finally came to an end in the summer of 2018 after a season of struggle on and off the pitch saw them return to the Midland Football League on 2018-2019. Deakin remained as part of the Roms' management team for the following season and was handed the role of academy manager for the forthcoming season whilst remaining as part of the first-team set-up

In September 2020, Deakin joined long-term friend and former team-mate Meakin-Richards as part of the Pitmen's interim management team as they pair linked up at the PRG Stadium @ Keys Park. Their impressive record of three wins from five games saw the pair appointed as the club's latest management team on a permanent basis

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