Geoff Scott (footballer)

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Geoff Scott
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Samuel Scott[1]
Date of birth (1956-10-31) 31 October 1956 (age 60)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1973–1975 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Solihull Borough
Highgate United
1977–1980 Stoke City 78 (3)
1980–1982 Leicester City 39 (0)
1982 Birmingham City 19 (0)
1982–1984 Charlton Athletic 2 (0)
1984 Middlesbrough 2 (0)
1984–1985 Northampton Town 17 (0)
1985–1986 Cambridge United 19 (0)
1986–1987 Solihull Borough
1987–1988 Moor Green
1988–1989 Highgate United
Total 176 (3)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Highgate United (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Geoffrey Samuel "Geoff" Scott (born 31 October 1956) is an English former professional footballer who made 176 appearances in the Football League playing for Stoke City, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough, Northampton Town and Cambridge United.[2] He played as a defender.[1]

Football career[edit]

Scott was born in Birmingham, and played began his career with Aston Villa.[1] He failed to earn a professional contract with Villa and played non-league football for Kings Heath, Solihull Borough and Highgate United before joining Stoke City in 1977.[3][4] He made his Football League debut on 22 October 1977 as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat away at Blackburn Rovers. He played regularly for Stoke, making 78 league appearances in two-and-a-half years,[5] and was part of the side that gained promotion to the First Division in the 1978–79 season.[6] He played 16 First Division games[5] before signing for Leicester City as the replacement for Dennis Rofe who had recently joined Chelsea.[7]

Scott spent two years at Leicester, and was part of the side that won the Second Division title in the 1979–80 season. He played 39 league games,[2] in the last of which he scored an own goal to the benefit of opponents Birmingham City for whom he signed directly afterwards.[3] Scott remained at Birmingham only a few months, then played for Charlton Athletic, Middlesbrough, Northampton Town and Cambridge United, where his League career ended because of injury.[2][8] He returned to the Birmingham area and played for Solihull Borough, Moor Green and Highgate United, becoming player-manager of the latter club in the 1988–89 season.[4]

After football[edit]

After retiring from the game, Scott took a degree in business studies and worked in the telecommunications industry. He returned to football when appointed secretary of the Stoke City Old Boys Association, and became chief executive of Xpro, an organisation supporting the heath and welfare of former professional footballers.[8][9]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Geoff Scott profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1977–78 Second Division 24 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 26 2
1978–79 Second Division 38 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 43 0
1979–80 First Division 16 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 19 1
Total 78 3 3 0 7 0 0 0 88 3
Leicester City 1979–80 Second Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1980–81 First Division 21 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
1981–82 Second Division 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 0
Total 39 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 43 0
Birmingham City 1981–82 First Division 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1982–83 First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Charlton Athletic 1982–83 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1983–84 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middlesbrough 1984–85 Second Division 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Northampton Town 1984–85 Fourth Division 17 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 22 0
Cambridge United 1985–86 Fourth Division 19 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 22 0
Career Total 176 3 9 0 11 0 4 0 200 3
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Stoke City
Leicester City
  • Football League Second Division champions: 1979–80

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "Geoff Scott". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ a b Williams, Tony, ed. (1988). Official Football Association Non-League Directory. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 516, 519. ISBN 1-869833-09-0. 
  5. ^ a b "Geoff Scott: Stoke City FC". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Struthers, Greg (21 December 2008). "Stoke win the hard way" (reprint hosted at NewsBank). The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Bruges show interest in Ipswich's Muhren". The Times. 19 February 1980. p. 10. 
  8. ^ a b Cushnan, David (16 November 2009). "Geoff Scott is leading the X Factor". SportsPro. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Spinks, Martin (22 April 2009). "Ex-stars join forces to aid club's struggling heroes". The Sentinel. Stoke-on-Trent. Retrieved 5 April 2012. [permanent dead link]