George McLachlan

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George McLachlan
Personal information
Full name George Hardie McLachlan
Date of birth (1902-09-21)21 September 1902
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Place of death Branford, Connecticut
Playing position Outside left
Wing half
Youth career
Crosshill Amateurs
Parkhead Juniors
Rutherglen Glencairn
Queen's Park Strollers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–? Clyde ? (?)
000?–? King's Park Strollers (loan) ? (?)
1925–1929 Cardiff City 140 (22)
1929–1933 Manchester United 110 (4)
1933–1934 Chester 29 (7)
1934–1935 Le Havre ? (?)
Teams managed
1934–1935 Le Havre
1935–1937 Queen of the South
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Hardie McLachlan (21 September 1902 - unknown) was an FA Cup-winning Scottish footballer and manager. He was born in Glasgow and played as an outside left or at wing half.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Glasgow, McLachlan began his football career at Crosshill Amateurs before joining Celtic as a junior but stayed for only two weeks before joining Clyde.[1] McLachlan joined Clyde and spent three years with the then Shawfield Stadium football club, interrupted by a short loan spell at King's Park Strollers.[1][2]

McLachlan, a speedy left winger, was then transferred in November 1925 for a fee of £2,000. He joined the strongest Cardiff City side in the club's history. Promoted to the top division in 1921, they had finished runners up in the 1923-24 League Championship (a late penalty miss in the last game of the season cost the Welsh side the title) and in the 1924-25 FA Cup. Fellow Scot Hughie Ferguson also joined in 1925. Many Football League clubs were interested in signing McLachlan but he was persuaded to join City as his father was captain of a ship that regularly called at Cardiff docks.[1][3] Much to McLachlan's disappointment he missed out on an international cap in 1926 with a broken leg picked up against Leicester City.[1] The high point of McLachlan's career came with Cardiff City when he was part of their victory in the 1927 FA Cup Final. McLachlan recovered from the broken leg in 1926 to star in Cardiff's FA Cup triumph.[3] At Cardiff, McLachlan moved from outside left to wing half. He played 139 league games, hitting 22 goals. While at Cardiff, in 1928, he played for the Anglo-Scots against the Home-Scots in an international trial match at Firhill.[1]

He left the Bluebirds in December 1929 for top division Manchester United, where he captained the side between the departure of Jack Wilson in 1932 and the appointment of Louis Page as captain. McLachlan scored four goals in 116 games for the Red Devils.[1]

In June 1933, McLachlan was appointed as a player-coach at Football League newcomers Chester, who were about to embark on only their third Football League season.[1] Throughout the 1930s, Chester never finished outside of the top ten in Division Three North; their lowest finish came in 1933-34, when they came in 10th place.

Managerial career[edit]

McLachlan had a spell as player-manager with French side Le Havre in 1934-35. He was offered a further contract with the club, but his ambition was to manage a Scottish First Division side.[1]

In 1935, McLachlan was the successful applicant out of almost one hundred who applied for the job as manager of top division Dumfries side, Queen of the South. His appointment was announced on 29 June.[1][2] He was manager of one of the landmark events in the history of Queen of the South; the 11-game 1936 overseas tour and the Algiers invitational tournament. Queens returned with the trophy after beating Racing Santander in the final.[1][2]

Players at the club during this time included Willie Savage, Willie Culbert, Willie Ferguson, Joe Tulip and Irish international Laurie Cumming.[1][2]

McLachlan's time at Queens was part of a long spell the club spent in Scotland's top division. It was under McLachlan that Jackie Oakes first joined Queens.[1][2]

On 22 March, with five games remaining of the 1936-37 season, the Queens board announced that McLachlan would be leaving the club on 30 March. The week was intended to allow the outgoing manager to offer advice on team building for the next season. Willie Ferguson was named as McLachlan's successor.[1][1][2]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jack Silcock
Manchester United captain
Succeeded by
Louis Page