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George Tait

Birmingham Excelsior FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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


captain: none
minutes played:


  George Tait
Birth Sunday, 13 November 1859 at 51 Summer Lane in Newtown, Birmingham, Warwickshire
registered as Tate in Birmingham October-December 1859
  According to the 1861 census, George is the one year old son to Joseph and Keziah (née Parker), the youngest of the six children. They live at 51 New Summer Street in the St. George area of Birmingham. His father is a Gun Barrel Rifler.

According to the 1871 census, George now has two more younger siblings, and along with their parents, they are living in Webster Street in Aston Manor. His father is still a Gun Barrel Rifler.
(His mother died in 1872 and his father a year later)


According to the 1881 census, George and his younger brother, Robert, are living with their widowed older sister, Mary (Payne), and her single daughter, at 16 Taylor Street, Aston. George is a layman

Death Monday morning, 20 November 1882, in Aston, Warwickshire
aged 23 years 7 days registered in Aston October-December 1882
"Although without the services of their best centre forward, G. Tait (who, I am sorry to say, is suffering with a severe illness), the Excelsior managed to safely emerge from the first round of the Walsall Cup competition, their opponents being Aston Unity....
"Since writing the foregoing notes, the sad news has reached me that poor George Tait is no more, he having expired from a severe attack of typhoid fever early on Monday morning. This melancholy information will be received by all who knew him with the greatest sorrow, for a more kind-hearted good-natured fellow never existed. He has been a brilliant centre forward player when in his best form, and has on more than one occasion played a prominent part in the Birmingham Football Association team. Unlike many other football exponents who make a big name for themselves, he has always remained true to his old club, the Excelsior, since its formation, and has stuck to them through thick and thin. His sad death has left a vacancy in the front rank of the Excelsior club, which will not easily be replaced, and no one will more regret the departure of so old a friend than
- Wednesday, 22 November 1882, Athletic News.


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Junior football then Birmingham Excelsior FC;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 81st players (86) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 12, 26 February 1881, England 0 Wales 1, a friendly match at East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn, aged 21 years nk days.
Individual honours Birmingham & District (one appearance, 1ᵍ March 1881)
Distinctions His untimely death meant he was the fourth England player to die, and the youngest to die (until 1958) and the second player from the 1881 team to do so.

Beyond England

No further information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.242.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0 1 0 -1
His only match was a friendly match played at a home venue

Match History

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

apps match match details comp res rundown pos

Age 21
1 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1
East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Blackburn
Fr HL   cf

one of seven who became the 81st (86) players to appear for England
the only player from Birmingham Excelsior FC to represent England

one appearance - Birmingham & District vs. England, 5 March 1881;