D3D4 Peterborough United Correspondent Ian McFarlane recalls one of the players in Posh’s past that left a lasting impression…
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Born Guiliano Stefano Luigi Grazioli on 23rd March 1975 in Marylebone, London of Italian descent.
He started his footballing career at non-league Wembley, before joining the ranks of Peterborough United (then Division 2) in 1995. However the majority of his 40 appearances for the Posh were garnered later on within his four year association with the Club.
Grazioli had successful loan periods to non-league sides in this early period, at two of the three he would outscore his appearance ratio, this occurred at both Yeovil in 1995 and with Woking in 96. His loan spell at Stevenage was where the striker made a name for himself, scoring a goal against Newcastle United in the FA Cup to force a replay at St James’ Park. This in turn opened the door to a return to London Road, however by this time Posh had dropped into Division 3.
At the beginning of the 1998/99 season, Grazioli was a major part of Peterborough’s 9-1 demolition of Barnet at Underhill. Helping himself to five goals in the process. This wonderful performance was great but he was a goal-threat for the majority of that season. Industrious if not easy-on-the-eye, his stint at the Posh was all too brief.
The goalscoring trend continued as he went on to feature for both Swindon Town and Bristol Rovers, amassing 29 goals combined at the two. His most notable tenure was his 2003-2008 spell at Barnet, with 131 appearances and an impressive 62 goals scored. 29 of those goals came in the 2004/05 season that saw the striker finish top scorer in the Conference and fired The Bees back into the Football League.
After leaving Barnet he played out the rest of his career in non-league, with the resurrected AFC Wimbledon, Braintree Town and finally Dover Athletic, before pulling down the curtain on his playing career in 2009.
He would then scout for Bristol Rovers, before becoming Barnet’s Community Development Officer in 2010, this led to a stint as Caretaker Manager for the Bees in 2011, managing to keep them in the Football League. After leaving Barnet he has since continued his scouting accreditation at Gillingham this time.