George Dearnaley

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George Dearnaley
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-02-23) 23 February 1969 (age 54)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Hellenic FC
1986–1989 AmaZulu F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1994 AmaZulu 46 (23)
1997 Hellenic
1997–1999 Seven Stars 15 (12)
Total 124 (61)
International career
1992–1993 South Africa 3 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

George Dearnaley (born 23 February 1969)[1] is a retired South African football (soccer) striker who played for Hellenic FC, Seven Stars and most notably AmaZulu.

International career[edit]

He represented Bafana Bafana in the 1994 World Cup qualifiers.[2] He made his international debut in a Group D World Cup qualifying where South Africa beat Congo 1–0 on 24 October 1992. He played his last international match in a Group D World Cup qualifying where South Africa beat Congo 1–0 on 31 January 1993.[3]

Early life[edit]

Dearnaley is of English descent. His ancestors were probably from Dearnley in Lancashire. Dearnaley attended the New Forest Boys High School in Durban.[4] Growing up in Montclair he had very easy access to NSL matches and venues in the townships. He would watch matches mainly from the Glebe Stadium in Umlazi where he encountered the likes of Mlungisi Ngubane and Jomo Sono on numerous occasions.[5]


He got permission from Bizzah Dlamini to train with Usuthu in 1986 when Dearnaley was still in school. He left South Africa for a soccer scholarship in America after he saw minimal chances of playing professionally there, he returned after his father had a conversion with Clive Barker two weeks later. He attended first team pre season training with Amazulu in 1990 when he attended the Natal Technikon. He scored the second goal on debut in January 1990 against Fairway Stars at Kings Park Stadium in Durban winning 3-0.[5] He went on to be the 1992 NSL Golden Boot winner with 20 league goals. He was nicknamed "Sgebengu" by Amazulu fans which means "criminal" in Zulu.[6]

Professional experience after retirement[edit]

  • 1997 – Associate Publisher at Touchline Media
  • 1997–2007 – Associate Publisher at Kick Off Magazine
  • 2006–2010 – Football consultant and columnist at
  • 2008–2010 – Soccer Business Manager at Media24[4]

Old Mutual FC[edit]

Dearnaley bought his own SAFA Second Division franchise, Old Mutual FC where he works with Gerald Stober and Mark Anderson as the goalkeeper coach.[4]


  1. ^ "George Dearnaley". national football Teams: South Africa. National Football Teams. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  2. ^ "George Dearnaley". Old Mutual: Football Club: Club Information: Coaches & Staff. Old Mutual Football Club. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. ^ "South Africa - International Matches 1992-1995".
  4. ^ a b c "George Dearnaley". Yatedo Inc. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b "My Amazulu Debut: George Dearnaley". AmaZulu FC. AmaZulu FC. 7 August 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Omatlapeng's blog: One on One with the George "Sgebengu" Dearnaley". 13 October 2011.

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