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George Armitage

Charlton Athletic FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 0: A 0
50% successful


disciplined: none
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  Corporal George Henry Armitage
Birth 17 January 1898 in Stoke Newington, London [registered in Edmonton, Middlesex, March 1898].
Attended Wordsworth Road School, in Hackney

According to the 1901 census, a young 'Geo' is the youngest of five children to Robert Melton and Ellen (née Pinnuck). They live at 70 Shakespeare Road in Stoke Newington. His father is a milk carrier.

Marriage to Elsie Joyce Atkins [registered in Lambeth, September 1926]. They had one daughter, Joyce (b.1931)

According to the 1911 census, George is still attending school.  He now lives with only his mother, after his father committed suicide in 1910, at 4 Oldfield Road, Stoke Newington.
According to to his army records, Armitage enlisted with the Territorial Army on 17 November 1914, he was living at 9 Linkfield Road in Isleworth, his sister's home, from 1914 as a railway audit clerk. He served in France and Salonica. before transferring to the Durham Light Infantry in June 1917 and then the Labour Corps on 13 February 1918, fracturing his right elbow in a fall. He was discharged on 21 April 1919 because of tuberculosis.

  According to the 1921 census, George Henry is an audit clerk for the railway clearing house. He lives with his brother-in-law and his family, George William Ivall, at 9 Linkfield Road in Isleworth.
Death 28 August 1936 at Southern Railway, near Barming Station, Malling, aged 38 years 225 days [registered in Malling, Kent, September 1936].
Found on the railway track.
Left effects worth £1317 2s. 5d. to his widow, Emily Joyce. Living at 88 The Drive, in Beckenham at the time of his death. He had already been involved in a serious motor accident in May 1935.
"Mr. George Henry Armitage, aged 38, of The Drive, Beckenham, a former English amateur international football player, was found dead on the railway line at Aylesford, Kent, on Friday. He had been a patient at Preston Hall Sanatorium, near Maidstone." - Monday, 31 August 1936, The Gloucestershire Echo.
"The theory that a Beckenham man, a former English amateur international football player, depressed by his illness which was an aftermath of the war, ran in front of a train on the day of his discharge from the Preston Hall Settlement of the British Legion, was advanced at an inquest at Aylesford on Monday on George Henry Armitage, aged 38 of The Drive, Beckenham. Mr Armitage's body was found on the railway line at Allington on Friday.
"Mrs Elsie Joyce Armitage, the widow, identified the body and said the deceased went to the Sanitorium because he was ill with tuberculosis, probably an aftermath of the war. He made good progress and then had a relapse. Her husband was depressed and upset.
"The driver of the 1.8pm train from Maidstone East stated that he looked ahead to see if the signal was clear and saw no one on the line. The train was travelling at 30mph and he felt a jolt. The fireman of the train said that at the spot where the train ran over Armitage there was a hut.
"Dr T.J. Lee of Preston Hall Sanatorium said that on Friday the deceased asked for his discharge, which would take effect from two o'clock. The tragedy occurred before that. 'He seemed to think he was much worse than he was' said the doctor. 'He was more anxious than depressed.' The witness considered Armitage was a little unbalanced in mind.
"A nurse in charge of the pavilion where Armitage was, also gave evidence and said that that on Friday he did not seem to be his normal self. A police constable stated that he found a hat in the hut with the deceased's initials on it. A portion of the shingle from the hut to the track was disturbed as if someone had dashed to the line. "Summing up, the Coroner said that the evidence showed that Armitage left the Sanitorium after mid-day and went to the line. He concealed himself in the hut and when the train came he dived in front of it. A verdict of suicide while of unsound mind was returned. The foreman of the jury said it was clear the Preston Hall authorities had treated the deceased well, and he had left against their wishes." -
Friday, 4 September 1936, The Kentish Times


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began playing in the Hackney Schools in 1912/13.  Played with St Savior's FC in Chelsea, and then Wimbledon FC. Joined Charlton Athletic FC in March 1924 until March 1931 and made 165 league appearances. Played with Leyton FC from January 1931 as club captain. Also represented Surrey FA and London FA.
Club honours Football League Division Three South winners 1928-29; FA Amateur Cup runners-up 1933-34;
Individual honours FA Charity Shield (with Amateurs) runners-up 1923, winners 1925;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 10½", 11st. 9lbs. [1925]


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 495th players (496) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 147, 24 October 1925, Ireland 0 England 0, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 27 years 280 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1925-26;
Team honours None
Individual honours England Amateurs (five appearances). FA Tour South Africa 1929.
Distinctions The first Wimbledon FC player to be picked for England, albeit, as a reserve. Then eventually capped by England whilst a Third Division player.

Beyond England

no additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.12.


George Armitage - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


George Armitage - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away- British Championship 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


George Armitage - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1925-26 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 0 0 =0 1 1 0.00 0.00 50.0 =0


George Armitage - Match History
 Club: Wimbledon F.C. - 0 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 25
- 138 1 November 1923 - Belgium 2 England 2, Bosuil Stadion, Antwerpen Fr AD reserve
 Club: Charlton Athletic F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 27
1 147 24 October 1925 - Ireland 0 England 0, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start ch