George Henry Croft

George Croft was an amateur from St James F.C, who played, as a goalkeeper in a practice game on the 20/8/1924.

George Henry Croft was born in Topsham on the 8th October 1903, the youngest of five children belonging to William and Annie Croft, his Father being a Railway Signalman at Topsham Station. He started his working career as a Hotel Porter but progressed to being Head Chef at Dellers Cafe  which was destroyed in the Exeter Blitz of May 1942.  He had a short spell in the Coldstream Guards in 1919/20 and also served as a Sargeant Cook in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders in 1940/41 while the Regiment was in Scotland.  Standing 6ft 1 in tall he chose to play as a goalkeeper and had a few spells with Wonford and St.James for who he took part in a Practice Match at St.james Park on 20th August 1924. 

" George Married Gladys Chudley in 1932 and together they had four Children: June, Ivor (who also played as a Goalkeeper for the Exeter team, Peryam United in the 1950s), Derek and Marlene"

George died in Beacon Heath, Exeter on the 28th October 1971 aged 68.




Andy Bainborough



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