George Dick (footballer)

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George Dick
George Dick.jpg
Personal information
Full name George White Dick
Date of birth 1921
Place of birth Scotland
Date of death 1960
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1948 Blackpool 47 (13)
1948–1949 West Ham 14 (1)
1949–1951 Carlisle United 52 (23)
1951 Stockport County 25 (12)
1951–1953 Workington 56 (16)
Teams managed
1953–1955 Racing Club Ghent
1957–1958 Boldklubben 1909
1958–1959 Galatasaray
1959–1960 Boldklubben 1909
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George White Dick (1921–1960) was a Scottish Guardsman, B.A.O.R. cruiserweight boxing champion, and professional football player and manager.

After leaving the army, while making up his mind whether to take a letter of recommendation to a London club, Dick worked as a waiter in Blackpool. He asked Joe Smith, Blackpool F.C. manager, for a trial in August 1946, and within ten minutes was signed on.[citation needed] He played in the 1948 FA Cup Final for Blackpool against Manchester United. He also wrote training manuals and was one of the first qualified FA coaches. He managed Galatasaray in Turkey on two occasions. His life was cut short when he was killed in a road accident in 1960.

Football career[edit]

Playing[edit]

Dick began his professional career in 1946 with Blackpool. He made his debut for the club in their tenth league game of the 1946–47 campaign, against Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on 5 October 1946.[1] Wearing the number 8 shirt, he scored the hosts' second goal (Stan Mortensen scored the first).[1]

Dick scoring with a header against Everton at Bloomfield Road on 3 January 1948.

Dick went on to make a further 30 league and one FA Cup appearances that season. He scored eleven goals in the league, and finished second-top scorer behind Mortensen. Aside from his debut goal, his other strikes came against Manchester United (home, 3–1, 19 October); Stoke City (away, 1–4, 7 December); Huddersfield Town (home, 2–1, 28 December); Derby County (home, 2–1, 1 February 1947); Preston North End (two goals) (home, 4–0, 15 February); Chelsea (two goals) (away, 4–1, 8 March); and Sheffield United (two goals) (home, 4–2, 15 March).[1]

In the 1947–48 season, Dick made sixteen league appearances, scoring two goals. Both goals came in a 5–0 victory over Everton at the seaside on 3 January 1948,[1] which was George Farrow's last game for Blackpool. He also played in each of Blackpool's six FA Cup ties, including their unsuccessful appearance in the final against Manchester United, in what proved to be his final game for the club. He scored one of their goals in the 4–0 victory over Leeds United in the third round.

In August 1948, Dick was sold to West Ham for £7,000. He remained with the Hammers for a season, at the end of which he moved north to sign for Carlisle United. Two years later, in October 1951, he joined Stockport County for a short spell.

In late 1951 he signed for Workington. He retired, as captain, from the playing side of the game two years later.

Coaching[edit]

Ghent (Belgium), U.S. Army (Germany), Galatasaray, B.1909 (Denmark)

1953–55 July 1953 Royal Racing Club de Ghent (Belgium)

1956 U.S. army coach based in Germany, 5 August travelled for interview for position with Galatasaray

1957 Boldklubben.1909 Denmark

1958–59 Galatasaray

1959–60 Boldklubben 1909 Denmark, won championship Danish Champions 1959

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