Glasgow-born Graham Rodger started his playing career in 1984 at Wolverhampton Wanderers as an apprentice, though he only made one professional appearance for the Molineux side before moving on a year later.
He joined Coventry City on a free transfer, and stayed there until 1989, making just over 30 appearances, the most memorable being the 1987 FA Cup final, in which he came on at half time to replace injured captain Brian Kilcline and helped the Sky Blues to a famous 3-2 victory over Spurs. Luton Town signed him for £150,000, and again he played just over 30 times before moving on.
In 1992 he signed for Grimsby Town for £135,000, and he stayed at Blundell Park for the rest of his career, making 150 appearances for the Mariners before he retired in 1998. He joined the coaching staff at Grimsby and became assistant manager.
When Paul Groves was sacked in February 2004, Rodger stepped up to become caretaker manager of the first team, with the aim of pulling them away from the Division Two relegation zone.
After six games in charge, Rodger reverted to his role of assistant manager alongside new Mariners boss Nicky Law, who was appointed on March 4th.