Thompson, George

Birth Date

5th November 1913


Lisburn, Northern Ireland



Biographical Text

George Thompson played in Exeter City’s first ‘normal’ league game after the Second World War and went on to play in around sixty games. Although he was also on the books of Huddersfield and Rochdale, his games for the Grecians were his only games in the Football League.

George, who had won representative honours for the League of Ireland, was a relative latecomer to the Football League when he moved from Sligo Rovers to Huddersfield Town in December 1938 at the age of 25. Never making a league appearance as war intervened, he often captained the reserves and remained on the books until Exeter City paid a small fee for his services in June 1946. 

Making his Football League debut at the age of 33 at home to Torquay United on 31 August 1946, George secured the right-back position as his own during the first official post-war season as he made 38 league appearances. Keeping his place in August 1947 at the start of the new term, he missed just two league games until the fixture against Swansea Town in February. Thereafter replaced by Cyril Johnstone, switching from left-back, George made no further appearances for the Grecians and signed for Rochdale in July 1948 from where - having not made the first-team - he quickly moved on to sign for Lovells Athletic in South Wales. 







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