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George Shutt

Stoke FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 1
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captain: none
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  George Shutt

According to the 1861 census, Sarah Ann (née Adderley) is pregnant (or soon will be) with a child who will become George. She is married to John, a railway engine smith, and the two of them live at Sutherland Street in Fenton.

Birth Wednesday, 18 December 1861 in Sutherland Street, Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.
  registered in Stoke-upon-Trent October-December 1861.

According to the 1871 census, George is the oldest of five children to John and Sarah Ann, living at 28 Windsor Street in Hanley area of Stoke. His father is a writing clerk.


According to the 1881 census, George is now a flower painter at the pottery, he still lives at home with his parents with another five younger siblings. They live at 8 Stanley Street in Hanley. His father is an engine smith.

Marriage to Annie Hand, on Monday, 6 October 1889, in at St. Luke's Church, Wellington.
George is a flower painter, and they are both living at 58 Windsor Street in Wellington
  registered in Stoke-upon-Trent October-December 1889.
"Secretaries of clubs will please note that George Shutt's address is now 103, Gilman-street, Hanley. This is the result of matrimony" -  Staffordshire Evening Sentinel, Saturday, 26 October 1889.
Children George and Annie Shutt had had one son together. John Adderley (b.12 July 1890)

According to the 1891 census, George is a beer house keeper and is now married to Annie with one son, John, living at 30 Waterloo Street in Burslem with one servant.


According to the 1901 census, George, a beerseller, is still married and still have one son. They live at 93-95 Hope Street in Hanley, with two servants.
(His father died toward the end of 1901 and his mother in 1903)


According to the 1911 census, George remains married with his one son. He is a licensed victualler of The Borough Exchange, having his niece and two servants living with him at 7-9 Hope Street.


According to the 1921 census, George and Annie remain at the The Borough Exchange, again with his son, who is now married to Millicent and have one daughter, Marian. They have two servants.

Death Thursday, 6 August 1936 at the Borough Exchange, Hope Street in Hanley, Staffordshire
aged 74 years 232 days registered in Stoke-upon-Trent July-September 1936


"Oldtime football followers and his many friends in the district will regret to learn of the death of Mr. George Shutt, licensee of the Borough Exchange, Hope-street, Hanley, who, 50 years ago, was one of the Stoke Football Club's best known players. Although he had not enjoyed the best of health for several years, Mr. Shutt was only confined to his bed a few days before he died. He had held the licence for the past 34 years. Mr. Shutt, who was 74 years of age, started his football career at the age of 14 and played with several of the then well-known local junior teams, before joining the Stoke reserve team about 1880, He played in the reserve side for several games and then secured his place in the first team. His first match with the latter was against Marker Drayton, whom the Stoke club beat 4‒2. Before retiring from football in the heyday of his career. Mr. Shutt captained the Stoke side for two seasons and represented Staffordshire on about twelve occasions. He gave up professional football at the age of 27, going into the licensed trade. Before going to the Borough Exchange, he held the licences of the Waterloo Stores, Burslem, and the Welsh Harp, Hope-street, Hanley. Although he was one of the best centre-halves Stoke has produced, Mr. Shutt very rarely spoke of his playing career. Nevertheless, he had a vast number of friends in the district to whom the news of his passing will cause deep regret. He was highly respected in the licensing trade, and for many years was on the committee of the North Staffordshire Licensed victuallers' Association. Mr. Shutt leaves a widow and one son, to whom sincere sympathy will be extended." - Staffordshire Evening Sentinel, Friday, 7 August 1936.

Monday, 10 August 1936
Hanley Cemetery, Shelton
Representatives of Stoke City Football Club, the Staffordshire Football Association, and of the North Staffordshire Licensed victuallers' Association attended the funeral, at Hanley Cemetery, yesterday afternoon, of Mr. George Shutt. Among the mourners was Mr. T. Baddeley, the former Stoke City, Port Vale, Wolverhampton Wanderers and England player, who was a close friend of the late Mr. Shutt, during and after the time that they both played for Stoke. A large crowd lined the approach to the cemetery, and a guard of honour was formed by the members of the N.S.L.V.A. The internment was preceded by a service in the Cemetery Chapel, conducted by the Rev. G. Parkhouse, Rector of Shelton." -  Staffordshire Evening Sentinel, Tuesday, 11 August 1936.
"LICENCES TRANSFERRED ―Hanley Bench's Tribute to Late Mr. G. Shutt.
When the licence of the Borough Exchange, Hanley, was transferred from George Shutt (deceased) to Mrs. Annie Shutt at Hanley Licensing Court to-day, it was said that the late licensee had conducted the same house for 34 years. The Chairman (Alderman Sampson Walker) said the Justices desired to pay tribute to the character of Mr. George Shutt. For 37 years he was a licensee in Hanley―three years at the Welsh Harps, and 31 years at the Exchange. For the whole of that time he carried out his business as a licensee in an admirable way, and never infringed his duty as a licensee. The Justice looked upon his record as creditable to himself and to the licensees of Hanley. He was a great public figure, and the City was the loser by his death." -  Staffordshire Evening Sentinel, Thursday, 27 August 1936.
"IN MEMORIUM. ...SHUTT―In loving memory of George Shutt, late of Boro' Exchange, who died Aug 6th, 1936. Fondly remembered by Widow, Son and Grandchildren." -  Staffordshire Evening Sentinel, Saturday, 6 August 1938.
Annie Shutt died in January 1939, still living at The Borough Exchange, she is buried in Hanley Cemetery, alongside her late husband.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Stoke until joining Stoke FC in 1880 until 1889, winning his place as a centre-half and eventually, as team captain for the last two seasons. Assisted Stoke Priory FC in 1882. Left Stoke to help Burslem Port Vale FC in 1889, and Hanley Town FC the following year.
League History
21 appearances, 1 goal
Stoke FC 1888-89, 21 appearances one goal.
debut: 8 September 1888,
Stoke FC 0 West Bromwich Albion FC 2.
last: 6 April 1889 Stoke FC 1 Derby County FC 1.
Club honours None
Individual honours Staffordshire FA
Distinctions Shutt's Benefit Match was played on Monday, 19 March 1888 between Mitchell St. George FC and Stoke FC. Stoke won 5-1.
Became a Football League referee 1889;
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of eight who became the 125th player (126) to appear for England.
Position(s) Half-back;
Only match No. 26, 13 March 1886, Ireland 1 England 6, British Championship match at Ulster Cricket Ground, Ballynafeigh Park, Belfast, aged 24 years 85 days;
Major tournaments British Championship 1885-86;
Team honours British Championship shared 1885-86;
Individual honours The Players (two appearances, January-March 1886),
The South (one appearance, January 1886);

Beyond England

Retired from the game to become a licensed victualler.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at an away venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1885-86 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6 1 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Stoke F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 24 trial  
two appearances - The Players vs. The Gentlemen, 16 January 1886. The South vs. The North, 30 January 1886;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 26 13 March 1886 - Ireland 1 England 6
Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast
BC AW   hb

one of eight who became the 125th player (126) to appear for England
the second player from Stoke FC to represent England

one appearance - The Gentlemen vs. The Players, 20 March 1886.