Lackenby, George

Birth Date

22nd May 1931





Biographical Text

George Lackenby played for Exeter City in the mid-1950s.  He joined the club from Newcastle United and later played for Carlisle United, Gateshead and Hartlepools United.

Working his way through the junior sides, Lackenby was signed on a full professional contract by Newcastle United in October 1950. Competition was fierce for first team places and as a result he only played in 16 league matches until being signed by Exeter City in December 1956 for a fee of £1,500.

Lackenby went straight into the City side to make his debut at St James’ park in a 4-2 win over Coventry City. After that he only missed one match for City making a total of 24 appearances and scoring four goals in 1956-57. However, his stay in Devon was a short one, for in July 1957 he had returned up north to sign for Carlisle United in exchange for Ian Atkinson. His wife had failed to settle in Exeter and had returned to Newcastle to live before the end of the 1956-57 season.

Lackenby went on to make 48 league outings for Carlisle and then after two years with the Cumbrians, was able to sign for another North East based club, Gateshead, in July 1959. He played for them in what proved to be their final season in the Football League, scoring two goals in 43 starts. He then signed for Hartlepools United in August 1960 and had two seasons there making 86 league appearances and scoring one goal.

He died in 2004.







Anne Taylor

I'm  his daughter and he never played for Ashington, Hartlepool was his last club, there are various website and books who get this wrong.

Paul Farley

Thanks Anne, changed! 

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