George Liddell

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George Liddell
Personal information
Date of birth (1895-07-14)14 July 1895
Place of birth Murton, County Durham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Wing half / Full back
Youth career
City of Leeds Training College
Honourable Artillery Company
Duke of Wellington
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Yorkshire Amateur
19??–1920 South Shields
1920–1932 Birmingham 323 (6)
Teams managed
1933–1939 Birmingham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Liddell (14 July 1895 – after 1962) was an English professional association football player and manager.

Life and career[edit]

Liddell was born in Murton, County Durham. He played football for Yorkshire Amateur and as an amateur for South Shields, then turned professional when he moved to Birmingham in 1920. He spent the whole twelve years of his professional playing career at the club, for whom he made 345 appearances as wing half or full back in all competitions, and played in the 1931 FA Cup Final. He was described as a powerful defender who read the game well and was positive on the ball.

When manager Leslie Knighton left Birmingham for Chelsea in 1933, Liddell succeeded him. He remained in charge while the club retained their top-flight status, leaving the job at the end of the 1938–39 season when the club were relegated. During his six-year tenure he selected 70 different players for first team duty.[2]

A trained teacher, Liddell taught at several schools in the Birmingham area, including Handsworth New Road Secondary Modern School where he was head teacher in the early 1950s.[3]





  • Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.


  1. ^ "Blues" News. The Official Programme of Birmingham Football Club, Ltd. Birmingham F.C. 30 August 1924. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Club History". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 23 August 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Schools H to S". Winson Green to Brookfields. Ted Rudge. Retrieved 10 January 2017.