George Andrews (footballer)
|Date of birth||23 April 1942|
|Place of birth||Dudley, England|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
George Andrews (born 23 April 1942) is an English former professional footballer. During his career, he made over 400 appearances in the Football League and scored 149 goals in spells at Cardiff City, Southport, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall. He is probably most notable for scoring Walsall's winning goal in their shock FA Cup third round victory over Newcastle United in January 1975.
Andrews began his career as an apprentice with Luton Town in the late 1950s, turning professional in 1960 but leaving the following year without making a first team appearance. He then continued his career at non-league level with Gornal Athletic in 1961, reaching the Football League in October 1965 after signing for Cardiff City, along with Gary Bell for a club record £2,100, a record fee for Gornal that still stands, having been spotted by manager Jimmy Scoular. He made his first team debut just a few days later in a 2–1 defeat against Portsmouth, before scoring his first goal for the club a week later in a second 2–1 defeat against Bolton Wanderers. He went on to finish his first professional season with 20 goals in all competitions and scored 6 in the opening 12 matches of the following season before being displaced by new signing Bobby Brown and was allowed to leave to join Southport for £6,000, a club record fee at the time.
He later played for Shrewsbury Town, and in 1973 signed for Walsall where he spent the final four seasons of his professional career, playing 159 league games and scoring 38 goals. He retired from professional football in 1977, though he continued at non-league level with Telford United, Dudley Town, Oldswinford, Solihull Borough and player-manager at Tipton Town.
He was married to Janet for nearly 50 years until her death in November 2012 and has two daughters, Priscilla (born 1968) and Melissa (born 1971).
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