George Young
George Young
see also: George Young (opposition manager) →
George Young
● George Young (SFHF)

born in Scotland

George Lewis Young was born on Friday, 27th October, 1922, in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.

The 6' 2 (15st 0lbs) defender appeared as a guest for David Meiklejohn's Thistle in December, 1957, having most recently been with Rangers.

Aged 35, he made his only appearance on Monday, 2nd December, 1957, in a 3-2 win at home to Glasgow Select in a Benefit match.

There were no goals for George in his one-off appearance for Thistle.

His club-list included Kirkintilloch Rob Roy, Rangers and Partick Thistle.

George died on Friday, 10th January, 1997, in Slamannan, Stirlingshire, aged 74.

Bio Extra

Rangers and Scotland great George Young had just retired after his sixteenth and final season at Ibrox, when he rolled up at Firhill in December 1957 to honour Jimmy McGowan in his testimonial game against a Glasgow Select. The two had been opponents for all of that time, each as loyal to their respective clubs. Fog reduced the crowd to 8,500 diehards, keen to pay their respects for Jimmy's 16 years of service. The select side were winning 2-0 before a late rally saw Thistle score 3 goals in the last 14 mins through Andy Kerr (2) and Davie McParland. Wille 'Puskas' Harvey (Kilmarnock) also guested alongside George, who acted as captain that evening. All the stars turned out for Jimmy!

Born in Grangemouth, Young started his career with junior side Kirkintilloch Rob Roy before moving to Rangers in 1941. Although primarily considered a centre back, he was often played at right back during his 16 years in Govan, to accommodate Willie Woodburn in Rangers' renowned Iron Curtain defence. Young won the League and League Cup in 1946–47 and the Scottish Cup the following season, before Rangers became the first side to win all three trophies in the same season in 1948–49. Young himself scored twice from the penalty spot in the 4–1 Scottish Cup Final victory over Clyde which wrapped up the Treble.

Young won further League titles in 1950, 1953, 1956 and 1957, also collecting Scottish Cup winner's medals in 1950 and 1953 to take his senior medal haul to 12. The "lucky" Champagne cork he always carried earned him the nickname Corky. In total, Young had 458 appearances, scoring 31 goals for the Ibrox club (not including 180 wartime games and 32 goals) when he retired in May, 1957.

Young was selected for a string of 34 consecutive senior Scotland matches between 1948 and 1953. His total of 54 caps made him the first member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame. Young was selected as captain on 48 of those appearances. He was also the first player to appear for Scotland as a substitute, when he replaced Billy Campbell of Morton in a Victory International against Switzerland in May 1946 (the Scottish Football Association have since classified the match as a full international, but it is not recognised by FIFA).

Young captained Scotland throughout the 1949–50 British Home Championship tournament, which FIFA had decreed to be a British qualifying group for the 1950 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The top two teams in the Home Internationals would qualify for Brazil, but the SFA decided Scotland would only travel as British Champions. England's 1–0 win at Hampden Park relegated the Scots to second place and they did not travel. Four years later, Scotland again qualified as second-placed country in the Home Internationals, and this time the SFA decided they would travel to Switzerland for the World Cup. Rangers, however, had arranged a tour of North America at the same time and refused to release their players, including Young.

In the qualifying tournament for the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, Scotland were placed in a group with Spain and Switzerland. The group began in May 1957, by which time Young had announced he would retire from playing at the end of that season. He led Scotland to a 4–2 victory over Spain in the opening game at Hampden on 8 May, and was again captain for their 2–1 victory over Switzerland, in Basle on 19 May. However, he sustained a thigh strain in that match and did not play in a 3–1 friendly win over then world champions West Germany in Stuttgart three days later. Young was not selected for the return match with Spain in Madrid on 26 May, which Spain won 4–1, meaning his international career was over. Young also won 22 caps for the Scottish League XI between 1947 and 1956, the second-highest all-time total for the team.

After leaving Rangers, Young had a three-year spell as manager of Third Lanark between 1959 and 1962. He was then a successful hotelier, although lost money in other business ventures. Despite his long association with Rangers, the club declined to arrange a testimonial for Young in his retirement as they were worried it would set a precedent for many other retired players. Eventually a benefit match was played in May 1986 in Falkirk between 'Young's XI' which wore the Scotland kit and contained several current internationals, and 'Don Revie's XI' which wore the England kit.


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