Ley, George

Birth Date

7th April 1946


Exminster, Devon



Biographical Text

Appearing fourteen times in the club’s 1963/64 promotion campaign George Ley played for Exeter City between 1963 and 1967. Although locally-born, he joined the club from Hitchin Town having been on the books of Arsenal. He left St James’ Park in an £8,000 move to Portsmouth where he appeared in 184 league games before playing for Brighton and Gillingham. 

Having briefly been on the books of Arsenal, Exeter-born George had been playing for Hitchin Town as a 17-year-old when he arrived at St James’ Park for a trial in September 1963. Offered terms he made his City debut in the left-wing position against Carlisle United at St James’ Park on 11 September 1963 and played in a run of nine games out of ten up until the middle of October.Replaced initially by Peter Phoenix, George slipped out of contention and made just five more league appearances in what proved to be a promotion campaign. 

Playing spasmodically during the 1964/65 season, George appeared in fifteen league games (one goal) before converting to the left-back position in October 1965 and accumulating 31 league appearances in 1965/66.  

Swansea enquired about George’s availability in June 1966 and, after being a regular up until mid-November, he asked for a transfer at the start of 1967. Remaining at the club to eventually make 33 starts in the 1966/67 campaign, George was transferred to Portsmouth in May 1967 for a fee of £8,000. 

Enjoying five years at Fratton Park, George went on to score ten goals in 184 league outings for Pompey before joining Brighton and Hove Albion in September 1972 where he added a further 47 league appearances. After spending time playing for Dallas Tornado, he moved back to the Football League to have two years at Gillingham before turning out for St Patrick’s Athletic in Ireland.

Later having a second spell with Dallas Tornado, and also featuring for Wichita Wings, George became head youth coach at Luton Town before moving to Austin, Texas to work in turn with Austin Socadillos, River City Rangers and Crossfire Soccer Club.

George was inducted into the Pompey Hall of Fame in 2014 and was a guest of Exeter City at a former players event in 2019.







dave wade

First team with George at Dawlish Sec. Firstly at no'7 then keeper for our Southampton Schools tour. A very quiet guy, except when he played.  Brilliant'

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