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Giuliano Grazioli
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:34 (11)
Date of birth:23 March 1975
Place of birth:London
Height:5 ft 11 in
Position:Forward
Date joined:July 2002
Joined from:Swindon Town
Date left:June 2003
1 League appearances and goals only.

Giuliano Grazioli was a striker who joined Rovers in the summer of 2002 from Swindon Town. The Londoner, who is of Italian descent, signed for the Pirates on a free transfer, and ended the 2002-03 season as the club's top scorer with eleven goals, despite being frozen out of the team by manager Ray Graydon for a portion of the campaign.

After a year at the club he was transferred to Barnet in a part-exchange deal which saw Rovers sign Junior Agogo in exchange for Grazioli and £110,000.

Six years later, in 2009, Graz returned to The Pirates in a scouting role covering London and the south-east of England, where his role is to report on future opponents, as well as to help find new players for the club.

CareerEdit

Grazioli started out on the non-league scene, playing for Wembley, before turning pro in 1995 when he joined Peterborough United. He spent just under four years at Peterborough, and while there was sent out on loan to Yeovil Town in 1995 and Woking in 1996. A third loan spell followed in 1998, when he joined Stevenage Borough, and it was during this spell that he achieved the most high-profile goal of his career.

The non-leaguers were facing Premiership giants Newcastle United in an FA Cup fourth round tie, and were trailing 1–0 in the first half. Shortly before the break Grazioli netted an equaliser that earned Stevenage a replay at St. James' Park, and although the rematch ended in defeat, the goal was enough to earn him a place in FA Cup history.

Shortly after returning to Peterborough from Stevenage, Grazioli moved to Swindon Town on a free transfer, where he played 78 league games in three years, scoring eighteen times. From there he joined Rovers, and then moved on to Barnet in 2003, where he was a prolific goalscorer. He netted 62 times for the Bees in 131 league appearances, and also had a two-game loan spell at AFC Wimbledon in 2007 while recovering from knee surgery.

He moved two steps down the league pyramid in the summer of 2008 to join Conference South side Braintree Town for a brief spell, before moving to Dover Athletic in September of that year. After less than a year at Dover he was forced to retire from football due to ongoing effects from a head injury. He hung up his boots at the end of March 2009, but stayed on at Dover in a coaching and scouting role until the end of the season, before joining the Rovers scouting team.

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