George McLean (footballer born 1897)

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George McLean
Personal information
Full name George McLean
Date of birth 24 August 1897
Place of birth Forfar, Angus, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920-1921 Forfar Athletic ?  ?
1921-1930 Bradford Park Avenue 256 (136)
1930-1934 Huddersfield Town 120 (44)
1935-1939 Forfar Athletic ?  ?
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George McLean (born 24 August 1897 in Forfar, Angus) was a Scottish professional footballer who played for Forfar Athletic, Bradford Park Avenue and Huddersfield Town.

Career[edit]

George began playing football in his native Scotland for Forfar Athletic in 1920 before coming to England in 1921 to play for Bradford Park Avenue in Division two. McLean left Forfar just before the Loons joined the Scottish Football League. He was good enough to sign a contract just before his leaving to ensure the Angus side received £700 from Bradford for his services. His club were relegated in his first season but George stayed at Horton Park Avenue becoming one of their legendary players, scoring over a century of league goals and guiding the club to the Division Three North title in 1928.[1] McLean also played in the famous F A cup upsets of Everton in 1923 [2] and Derby County in 1930,[3] scoring the last minute winner in the former. After a decade in Bradford George was signed by First Division Huddersfield Town in 1930. McLean went home to Forfar and made his second debut in 1935, playing until the outbreak of WWII in 1939.

Neilson Kaufman, football historian informed Wikipedia that McLean died in Forfar, Scotland during 1970.

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