George Stacey

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George Stacey
Personal information
Full name George William Stacey
Date of birth April 1881
Place of birth Thorpe Hesley, England
Date of death 1972 (aged 90–91)
Place of death Rotherham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left back
Youth career
000?–1902 Thorpe Hesley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–? Sheffield Wednesday ? (?)
?–1905 Thornhill United ? (?)
1905–1907 Barnsley ? (?)
1907–1919 Manchester United 241 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George William Stacey (April 1881 – 1972) was an English footballer who played at left back for several English football clubs, including Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Manchester United.

Born in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, Stacey began his career with Thorpe Hesley F.C. before signing for Sheffield Wednesday in May 1902. He then joined Barnsley in August 1905, via a short spell with Thornhill United. In April 1907, he was sold to Manchester United for a fee of £200.

Stacey made his Manchester United debut on 12 October 1907, playing at left back in a 6–1 away win over Newcastle United. That season, he made 18 league appearances and scored one goal as United won the First Division title by nine points over Aston Villa - the first major trophy in Manchester United's history. The following year, Stacey played more regularly at right back, playing in 38 matches on the way to the 1909 FA Cup title. In 1910–11, United won the First Division again, albeit only by one point, with Stacey missing only two matches.

As a result of his consistency with Manchester United, Stacey went for a trial with the English national team in 1912. However, he never made an appearance for the team.

Stacey remained with Manchester United until the outbreak of the First World War forced the temporary cancellation of competitive football in England. During the war, Stacey made guest appearances for his hometown club, Rotherham County. He retired from football at the end of the 1918–19 War League season in May 1919.

He died in 1972 at the age of 91, and by this time he was one of Manchester United's last surviving players from their early successes.

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Charlie Roberts
Manchester United captain
1913–1914
Succeeded by
George Hunter