George McTurk
George McTurk
George McTurk
● George McTurk, 1914 (DR)

born in Scotland

George Sloss McTurk was born on Saturday, 24th March, 1883, in Auchinleck, East Ayrshire.

The goalkeeper signed for George Easton's Thistle in May, 1911, having most recently been with Clyde.

Aged 28, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 23rd September, 1911, in a 0-0 draw away to Third Lanark in the Glasgow Cup.

In doing so, George joined the goalies' clean-sheet debutant's club.

He registered the last of his 9 clean-sheets on Monday, 7th April, 1913, in a 2-0 win away to Raith Rovers in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 22nd April, 1913, in a 1-0 defeat away to Clyde in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 37 occasions.

His club-list included Clydebank Juniors, Heart of Midlothian, Clyde, Renton, Partick Thistle, St Mirren, Rangers and Clydebank FC.

George died on Friday, 4th August, 1967, in Ayr, South Ayrshire, aged 84.

Bio Extra

Played for Clyde in all 3 games of an epic Scottish Cup final in 1910, and kept a clean-sheet in the 1st replay. Dundee eventually prevailed by 2 to 1 in the 2nd replay. The Evening Times (Sat-19-Aug-1967) reported his death:

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OLD GOALIE DIES. George McTurk, one of Scotland's top goalkeepers over 50 years ago, died last weekend and was buried in Clydebank where he lived most of his days. Starting with Clydebank Juniors he joined Clyde after a short spell with Hearts around 1907-08. Went on to play with the first Clydebank senior club, formed in 1914, and finished with them in the early 1920s. Highly popular as a player, he retained many friends as "mine host" in the Clydebank area, until he retired and went to live with his daughter in Ayr, where he died, aged 84.

(WS)



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