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George Stephenson

Derby County FC, Sheffiled Wednesday FC

3 appearances, 2 debut goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 10: A 7
67% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name George Ternent Stephenson
Born 3 September 1900 at 40 Middle Row, New Delaval, near Blyth, Northumberland [registered in Tynemouth, December 1900].
The Blyth & Tyne NER railway line separated Newsham, whre his brother was born, from New Delaval. (see below)

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, George Tennent is the youngest of six children to James and Ann (née Tennant), living at 40 Middle Row in Horton. His father is a blacksmith and horse shoer.

According to the 1911 census, ten year old George is here the fourth of six children, ten in total (including Clement), two have since died. His father is still a blacksmith and horse shoer and the eight of them still live at 40 Middle Row.
According to Passenger Lists, George Stephenson was one of seventeen footballers who, courtesy of Canadian Pacific Railway Company, had left the port of Southampton on 22 May 1937, bound for Quebec, Canada, on the Empress of Australia

According to the 1939 register, George T. is an assistant football manager living at the home of footballer, George Robinson and his wife, Emily, at 3 Weyman Road in Greenwich.

Died 18 August 1971, at his home in Derby, aged 70 years 349 days [registered in Derby, September 1971].
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. 0lbs [1930].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Northumberland, played for his local side New Delaval Villa FC. Leeds City FC signed Stephenson in August 1919, before being disbanded on 17 October. Aston Villa FC, in December 1919, paid £300 for Stephenson to sign professional forms, joining his brothers, Clem and Jim. He played for Stourbridge FC during his time at Villa, to advance his development. He made 93 League appeaances, scoring 22 goals, before Derby County FC signed him on 11 November 1927, where he made 111 league appearances, scoring 53 goals. Next, Sheffield Wednesday FC signed Stephenson, along with Tom Davison, on 5 February 1931 for another seventeen goals in 37 league appearances. Then Preston North End FC from 19 July 1933, during which he scored sixteen goals in 25 league appearances. Charlton Athletic FC on 18 May 1934 for a 'big' fee and twelve goals in fifty league appearances. Through lack of playing opprtunites, Stephenson was re-signed into a coaching role in May 1937.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1919-20, runners-up 1923-24; Football League Division One runners-up 1929-30, 1936-37; Division Two runners-up 1933-34, 1935-36; Division Three (South) winners 1934-35;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Brother of Jim Stephenson (Aston Villa FC). His son, Bobby, also played football (Derby County FC & Shrewsbury Town FC), and cricket (Derbyshire CC & Hampshire CC, 1967-80)


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

Management Career

Club(s) After being forced to retire, Stephenson remained with Charlton Athletic FC, as part of their backroom staff. He was one of the ten men interviewed for the Newcastle United FC manager's job in May 1947, the job going to George Martin. He became their assistant manager in 1938. Appointed as Huddersfield Town AFC manager on 18 August 1947, until his resignation on 10 March 1952, following a diffcult season with Town, which would see them relegated at the end of the season.
Club honours None

England Career

Player number One of six who became 528th players (532) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left
First match No. 160, 17 May 1928, France 1 England 5, an end-of-season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 27 years 257 days.
Last match No. 176, 14 May 1931, France 5 England 2, an end-of season tour match at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris, aged 30 years 253 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Also brother of Clem Stephenson (Aston Villa FC, Huddersfield Town AFC and England).
Died seven days after Joe Smith.

Beyond England

No additional information. But we know he became a publican, taking over at The Sportsman's Inn, on New Crown Street in Halifax, in September 1952. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.236.
"Geoffrey Wood Ives (33), electrical engineer, Dudly Avenue, Halifax, was remanded in custody until tomorrow when charged at Halifax today with obtaining by false pretences cigarettes worth £8 10s. 10½d. from Mr. George Stephenson, licensee of the Sportsman Inn, Halifax."
- The Yorkshire Evening Post, Tuesday, 3 February 1953.


George Stephenson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
4 3 0 270 2 135 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 Stephenson - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 3 2 0 1 10 7 +3 0 0 3.333 2.333 66.7 +1
All 3 2 0 1 10 7 +3 0 0 3.333 2.333 66.7 +1


George Stephenson - Match History

 Club: Derby County F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - three full appearances (180 min)x

Age 27
1 160 17 May 1928 - France 1 England 5, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AW Start
2 161 19 May 1928 - Belgium 1 England 3, Olympisch Stadion, Antwerpen AW Start il

Age 29
168 19 October 1929 - Ireland 0 England 3, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW withdrew injured

 Club: Sheffield Wednesday F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)  

Age 30
3 176 14 May 1931 - France 5 England 2, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris tour AL Start il
177 16 May 1931 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade DC Bruxelles, Bruxelles AW reserve