George Keenlyside
George Keenlyside
George Keenlyside
● George Keenlyside, 1921 (VIF)

born in England

George Keenlyside was born on Thursday, 8th August, 1889, in Jarrow, Tyne and Wear.

The 5' 8 (12st 0lbs) forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Saturday, 17th December, 1910, having most recently been with Jarrow Croft.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 31st December, 1910, in a 2-1 win at home to Hibernian in the SFL First Division.

George scored his first goal for Thistle on Monday, 2nd January, 1911, in a 1-0 win at home to Third Lanark in the SFL First Division.

He scored the last of his 5 goals on Saturday, 18th March, 1911, in a 1-1 friendly draw at home to Arthurlie.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 25th April, 1911, in a 3-0 defeat away to Celtic in a Benefit match, having appeared as a Jag on 12 occasions.

His club-list included Jarrow Royal Oak, Jarrow Park Villa, Jarrow Croft, Sunderland, Dinnington Main Colliery Welfare, Partick Thistle, Nottingham Forest, South Shields, Hartlepools United, Chester-le-Street Town and Jarrow.

George died on Tuesday, 18th April, 1967, in Durham, County Durham, aged 77.

Bio Extra

The son of John George Keenlyside (b. 1867, shopkeeper) and Rebecca Keenlyside (b. 1868, née Hodge).

Jarrow-born forward George joined Jarrow Royal Oak in 1904, moving on to Jarrow Park Villa in 1905, then transferring to Jarrow Croft in 1906. He moved to Sunderland as an amateur in 1907, but didn’t appear in the 1st team before his departure to Jarrow in 1910. He played briefly for Dinnington Main Colliery Welfare before joining the Jags in December 1910. Playing in the outside left position, George made a dozen appearances for Thistle, scoring 5 goals during that period. George bagged 2 in a SFL match against Dundee at Firhill on 4 February 1911 with Thistle winning 3-2. He also played in the 7-1 demolition of St Bernard’s in a Scottish Cup First Round tie at Firhill at the end of January 1911.

During his time at Firhill George was a lodger at the same Clarendon Street address as fellow Jag Tom Callaghan, who was killed on the Western Front in France during World War 1. George served in H Company 3rd Reserve Battalion Royal Engineers during the conflict. A 1918 absent voters’ list for the Jarrow Division has George absent from his Northbourne Road Rd address, serving with the aforementioned Battalion.

Having previously returned to Jarrow Croft in 1911, George guested a couple of times for Nottingham Forest in the latter half of 1918 and, post war, he signed for South Shields in May 1919. In a fruitful period for the club, he scored around a dozen goals in over 100 appearances. He went on to Hartlepools United for the 1923-24 season, and then played for Chester-le-Street. In 1925, the veteran player rejoined his former club Jarrow for his final hurrah in the game.

On account of his service during WWI, George is also included in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle returned →.


Historian's note: A number of sources have him as George J. Keenleyside, born 4 August 1889 but, having looked at several life documents, we've yet to see the "J" quoted and he's always spelled "Keenlyside", most importantly on his birth register entry.

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