George Yardley (footballer)

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George Yardley
Personal information
Full name George McArthur Yardley[1]
Date of birth (1942-10-08) 8 October 1942 (age 74)
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper, Centre forward
Youth career
Abbotshall Boy's Brigade
Novar Star Youth
Frances Colliery Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1964 East Fife 62 (17)
1964 Forfar Athletic 4 (0)
1965 St. George-Budapest
1966 Luton Town 1 (0)
1966–1969 Tranmere Rovers 76 (49)
1969 St. George-Budapest
1969–1970 Tranmere Rovers 46 (19)
St. George-Budapest
1973–1974 Altrincham
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

George McArthur Yardley (born 8 October 1942) is a Scottish former footballer. Yardley began his career as a goalkeeper before becoming a centre forward.

Playing career[edit]

Yardley played his first football as a goalkeeper as an eight-year-old playing for Dunnikier Primary School. However on moving to Temple Hall Secondary School he was forced to play as a forward because another goalkeeper was already playing.[3] At Frances Colliery Juniors he played mostly as a forward, occasionally playing in goal.[3]

In 1959 he signed an amateur contract with East Fife as a goalkeeper. After sustaining a hand injury in 1960 Yardley switched to primarily playing as a forward though he did play a number of matches in goal.[3][4] In 1964 Yardley trialled with Forfar Athletic, playing four matches. He then played out the second half of the 1963/1964 season with Montrose.[3]

Yardley played for Australian club St. George-Budapest in three separate stints. He played one season at St. George during the 1965 Australian season after emigrating to Australia in August 1964.[5][6][6]

On returning from Australia in October 1966, Yardley trialled for a month with English Fourth Division team Luton Town, playing one match.[3][7] In November 1966 he moved to Tranmere Rovers. In four seasons between 1966 and 1970 he played 123 matches, scoring 68 goals.[8] He was leading goal scorer for Rovers on four separate occasions.[3][5][6][9]

His second stint in Australia was in 1969 before returning to Tranmere Rovers.[5] At the completion of his career at Tranmere he moved again to Australia.[6] Yardley had a short stint with Altrincham in the 1973/1974 season.[4]

International career[edit]

Yardley played one match on 5th March 1960 for Scotland Amateurs against Wales at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock, which ended 3-3.[3][10]

Personal life[edit]

After his football career, Yardley became a design draughtsman on the Wirral.[11]


  1. ^ "George Yardley". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Yardley Memories". Rovers Rearguard. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Voices from the past – George Yardley". Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Rowley, Terry. "A to Z of Altrincham Football Club". Altrincham F.C. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Australian Player Database – Y". Retrieved 1 September 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c d Retrieved 1 September 2009
  7. ^ "LUTON TOWN : 1946/47 – 2007/08". Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  8. ^ Hilton, Nick (21 August 2003). "On scent of Yardley run". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "Some of Tranmere Rovers Top Scorers". Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Luton Links". Altrincham F.C. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  11. ^ Edwards, Leigh (26 August 2012), "Back to the Future – Tranmere Rovers FC", Official Shrewsbury Town Matchday Programme: 32–33 

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