George Baddeley

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George Baddeley
Personal information
Full name George Baddeley[1]
Date of birth (1874-05-08)8 May 1874[1]
Place of birth Stoke-upon-Trent, England[1]
Date of death July 1952 (aged 78)[1]
Place of death West Bromwich, England[1]
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1901–1908 Stoke 208 (14)
1908–1914 West Bromwich Albion 145 (2)
Total 353 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Baddeley (8 May 1874 – July 1952) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Stoke and West Bromwich Albion.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Born in Fegg Hayes, Stoke-upon-Trent, Baddeley attended Fegg Hayes Church of England School. After leaving school he played football for Ball Heath, Burslem Swifts, Pitshill and Biddulph He joined Stoke in May 1900 he made his debut in 1901–02.[2] He was awarded the captaincy in his first full season of 1902–03, alongside Tom Holford and James Bradley, Baddeley completed a powerful midfield three which effectively kept Stoke in the First Division throughout the early 1900s. Although occasionally criticised for 'marring a clever display by trying to do much with the ball' Baddeley's consistency allowed him to play 99 consecutive for Stoke from February 1903.[2] Despite home crowds averaging 8,000 in 1905–06, the directors brought poorly and Stoke imploded first being relegated and then being liquidated which saw them leave the Football League at the end of the 1907–08 season.[2]

In July 1908 Baddeley along with centre forward Freddie Brown signed for West Bromwich Albion for £250 and made his debut away at Grimsby Town two months later. He won a Second Division championship medal with the club in 1910–11 and an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1912. Baddeley's last game for Albion was against Sheffield Wednesday on 18 April 1914, at the age of 39 years, 345 days. He remains, as of October 2008, the oldest player ever to appear for the club in a competitive fixture. He retired from football the following month after playing making 157 senior appearances for West Bromwich Albion. He subsequently became a publican and also worked in the upholstery trade. He died in West Bromwich in July 1952.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from George Baddeley profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1901–02 First Division 7 0 0 0 7 0
1902–03 First Division 30 2 3 1 33 3
1903–04 First Division 34 1 1 1 35 2
1904–05 First Division 34 0 2 1 36 1
1905–06 First Division 34 4 2 0 36 4
1906–07 First Division 32 3 3 1 35 4
1907–08 Second Division 37 4 6 1 43 5
Total 208 14 17 5 225 19
West Bromwich Albion 1908–09 Second Division 35 1 2 0 37 1
1909–10 Second Division 33 0 0 0 33 0
1910–11 Second Division 33 1 2 0 35 1
1911–12 First Division 28 0 8 0 36 0
1912–13 First Division 10 0 0 0 10 0
1913–14 First Division 6 0 0 0 6 0
Total 145 2 12 0 157 2
Career Total 353 16 29 5 382 21

Honours[edit]

West Bromwich Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554. 
  3. ^ The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. 2005. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.