Billy George

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Billy George
Personal information
Full name William George
Date of birth (1874-06-29)29 June 1874
Place of birth Shrewsbury, England
Date of death 4 December 1933(1933-12-04) (aged 59)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
-1897 Trowbridge Town
1897-1911 Aston Villa 356 (0)
National team
1902 England 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William (Billy) George (29 June 1874 – 4 December 1933) was a football player who played for Aston Villa from October 1897 to July 1911. His previous clubs were for the now defunct Woolwich Ramblers, Army football for the Royal Artillery and for Trowbridge Town F.C. when he was on leave. He was signed by Aston Villa from the Army for £50 in 1897. He played in 356 league matches and 40 cup matches.

While at Villa Park George kept goal in three Villa title winning sides in 1899, 1900 and 1910 as well as their 1905 cup winning side. Conversely he was also in goal when Villa suffered a humiliating F A Cup defeat against Southern League Millwall Athletic in 1900.[1]

His international career was limited and he had 3 caps with the England team in 1902. He was sold to Birmingham City as a player/trainer in 1911.[2]

He is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers to have played for Aston Villa in its history.

George also played 13 first-class cricket matches as a batsman with Warwickshire.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Millwall vs Aston Villa match report
  2. ^ a b "Billy George stats page". Aston Villa Player Database, Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 2007-07-09. 
  3. ^ "William George". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2008-12-29.