George Tweedy

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George Tweedy
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Personal information
Full name George Jacob Tweedy
Date of birth (1913-01-08)8 January 1913
Place of birth Willington, County Durham, England
Date of death 23 April 1987(1987-04-23) (aged 74)
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Willington
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1953 Grimsby Town 347 (0)
National team
1936 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1951 Grimsby Town (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George Jacob Tweedy (8 January 1913 – 23 April 1987) was an English footballer who played goalkeeper and earned one cap for England. He was a one club player for Grimsby Town.

He went on to play 347 league games in a World War II interrupted career spanning 20 years. He is considered to be Grimsby's "best ever goalkeeper".[1]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Born in the rural mining town of Willington, County Durham, Tweedy first played for Durham Schools and then his hometown club Willington F. C. He made his debut for Grimsby against Bradford City on 19 November 1932 upon replacement of Read, the regular goalkeeper, who had a broken finger. At the time of his debut, Grimsby had just been relegated from the First Division, they rejoined the top division in Tweedy's second season with the club by winning the Second Division championship. This led to six consecutive seasons in the top division, two FA Cup semi finals, the club's highest ever league ranking as fifth and Tweedy winning his only England cap.[1] He went on to miss the second FA Cup semi-final to an injury and was replaced by Moulson, who also injured himself during that semi-final match.

World War hiatus[edit]

During the Second World War, players played in teams close to where they were stationed and this gave Tweedy the chance to play with Grimsby Town until 1942. However, most of the team including keeper Tweedy were eventually sent off to battle and this left the remaining team with a mixture of untried young players and guests. Tweedy's replacement in goal was, once again, George Moulson who left for Lincoln County upon Tweedy's return in 1946. Tweedy played as a guest for both Arsenal and Hibernian in the intervening years.[2] After World War 2, Grimsby managed only two more seasons in the First Division and have never regained such a status since. Keeper Tweedy is also the second of three Grimsby players to be capped by England whilst playing for the club.[3]

He retired as a player in 1950 to become assistant manager with Grimsby, and from July 1950 to January 1951,[4] stayed with the team as caretaker manager. He returned as a player for a small time period in late 1951, before finally retiring on 3 April 1953.

England[edit]

George played his only game for England on 2 December 1936 at Highbury against Hungary. England won 6–2 in front of a crowd of around 36,000 people.[5] He was prevented from acquiring more caps by being in competition with fellow goalkeepers Woodley (19 caps) of Chelsea and Hibbs (25 caps) of Birmingham.[1]

Honours[edit]

Grimsby Town
All-Time Club Performance
Club Division Years League Cup Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals
Grimsby
Town
Second Division 1932–33 9 0 1 0 10 0
1933–34 12 0 1 0 13 0
First Division 1934–35 42 0 1 0 43 0
1935–36 41 0 6 0 47 0
1936–37 42 0 4 0 46 0
1937–38 40 0 2 0 42 0
1938–39 38 0 6 0 44 0
1939–40 3 0 0 0 3 0
World War II
First Division 1946–47 39 0 3 0 42 0
1947–48 36 0 1 0 37 0
Second Division 1948–49 15 0 0 0 15 0
1949–50 1 0 0 0 1 0
Retired
Third Division (North) 1951–52 24 0 0 0 24 0
1952–53 8 0 0 0 8 0
Career Totals 347 0 25 0 372 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lamming, Douglas (1985). A Who's Who of Grimsby Town AFC 1890-1985. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-34-2. 
  2. ^ "George Tweedy". www.ihibs.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Grimsby Town Football Club". Official Grimsby Town Football Club. Retrieved 10 October 2006. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Codalmighty.com - Grimsby Manager roll call
  5. ^ Match Report at EnglandFanzine.co.uk, England vs Hungary, 1936.

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Preceded by
Charlie Spencer
Grimsby Town Caretaker Manager
1950–51
Succeeded by
Frank Womack