George Camsell

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George Camsell
Personal information
Full name George Henry Camsell
Date of birth (1902-11-27)27 November 1902
Place of birth Framwellgate Moor, England
Date of death 7 March 1966(1966-03-07) (aged 63)
Place of death England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Esh Winning ? (?)
Tow Law Town ? (?)
1924–1925 Durham City 21 (20)
1925–1939 Middlesbrough 453 (345)
National team
1929–1936 England 9 (18)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

George Henry Camsell (27 November 1902 - 7 March 1966) was an English football player who scored 325 goals in 419 games for Middlesbrough, and 18 goals in 9 appearances for England. His 63 goals in all competitions in one season (1926-27) for Middlesbrough is a club record, and he also holds the highest goals-to-games ratio for England of anyone who has played more than a single international.


Born in Framwellgate Moor, Durham City in 1902, Camsell played for Durham City before signing for Middlesbrough on 6 October 1925 for the sum of £500. His debut was against Nottingham Forest on 31 October 1925. Between 1925 and 1939, Camsell scored 345 goals in 453 games for Middlesbrough, including 325 league goals, (the fifth-highest English total of all-time).

The Middlesbrough club record of 59 league goals in 37 games and 63 goals in all competitions in one season is held by him. He accomplished this feat in the 1926–27 season. This remains the second-highest number of league goals scored and the equal highest number in all competitions in one English league season, behind Dixie Dean's 60 league and 100 total a year later. His goals included 24 hat-tricks for the club.

He played his last League game for Middlesbrough against Leicester City at Ayresome Park on 10 April 1939, in a 3–2 victory. Camsell scored the opening goal. After the Second World War Camsell joined Middlesbrough's coaching staff.

Camsell's goalscoring record of 59 goals in 36 league games was beaten by Dixie Dean just one season later. Dean sent Camsell a consolatory telegram, noting that he had been given a watch commemorating his feat, and asked what gift his vanquished opponent had been given. “Nothing,” replied Camsell. “And rightly so.”

Camsell also won nine caps for England, scoring 18 goals. This is the highest goals-to-games ratio of anyone who has played more than a single international. His goals included a hat-trick in a 6–0 win against Wales on 20 November 1929 in the 1930 British Home Championship and four goals in a match against Belgium on 11 May 1929. He scored in every match he played for England; his nine consecutive scoring appearances are second only to Steve Bloomer.