Gerald Young (footballer)

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Gerald Young
Personal information
Full name Gerald Morton Young
Date of birth (1936-10-01) 1 October 1936 (age 80)
Place of birth Jarrow, County Durham, England
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
Hawthorne Leslie
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1970 Sheffield Wednesday 310 (13)
National team
1964 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gerald Morton Young (born 1 October 1936 in Jarrow, County Durham, England) is an English former footballer who only played for Sheffield Wednesday in a career which lasted for 14 years.

Playing career[edit]

Upon leaving school Gerry Young played for the Hawthorn Leslie shipyard team in Hebburn, Tyne and Wear.[1] Young signed for Sheffield Wednesday in the early part of 1955 as a centre forward, however his chances of breaking into the side were restricted by the presence of players of the calibre of Redfern Froggatt, Roy Shiner and John Fantham. He made his debut on 2 March 1957 in an away defeat at Blackpool however he did not become a regular in the Wednesday side until December 1962 when Tony Kay was sold to Everton and Young was switched to central defence by manager Vic Buckingham as a replacement. While playing as a forward in the 1961-62 season he scored a hat trick in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup against A.S. Roma.

Young was an ever-present in the following 1963–64 season when Wednesday finished sixth in Division One, his good form earned an England call up on 18 November 1964 against Wales. He was called up again for the following match against the Netherlands in December 1964 but had to pull out after rupturing a thigh muscle, he missed most of the rest of that season. He never got the chance to play for England again.[2]

Gerry Young was part of the Sheffield Wednesday side which reached the FA Cup final in 1966 playing in all six matches. Young’s part in that final will always be remembered for the mistake he made to allow Derek Temple to score the winning goal in a 3–2 victory for Everton. Young failed to control a long downfield punt, Temple dispossessed him and ran on to beat Wednesday goalkeeper Ron Springett. Gerry Young stayed with Wednesday until he retired at the end of the 1970–71 season he played 310 league games (345 including cup games) scoring 20 goals. He formed a central defensive partnership with Vic Mobley during the period from 1964 to 1969, his final game was on 2 January 1971 in a 1–4 FA Cup 3rd round defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.[3]

After playing[edit]

Young joined the Sheffield Wednesday coaching staff on retiring from playing, staying until October 1975 when he was sacked along with manager Steve Burtenshaw after Wednesday dropped down to the Third Division. Gerry Young then went into business with former Wednesday player John Quinn opening a sports and trophy shop on Middlewood Road which stayed in business for many years.[4]


  1. ^ confirms he played for Hawthorn Leslie.
  2. ^ Gives details of England career.
  3. ^ Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Gives details of Wednesday career.
  4. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday, Illustrating the Greats", Michael Liversidge & Kevin Mackender, ISBN 0-9547264-5-6, Page 32, Gives biographical information.

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