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PersonalFullname: George Turner Livingstone
aka: George Livingstone, "Geordie"
Born: 5 May 1876
Died: 15 Jan 1950
Signed: 1 May 1901 (from Sunderland)
Left: 30 May 1902 (to Liverpool)
Position: Inside-Forward / Wing-Half
Debut: Celtic 1-0 Rangers, Charity Cup, 3 May 1901
Internationals: Scotland / Scottish league
International Caps: 2 / 1
International Goals: 0 / 0
BiogDumbarton-born Livingstone started out with local sides Sinclair Swifts and Artizan Thistle before joining Parkhead FC. He then moved on to Dumbarton and Hearts before travelling south to Everton. He didn't feature in the first team there but was a regular at Sunderland for a season before joining Celtic in 1901. He was said to be a big capture and was paid handsomely ten bob more a week than other greats such as Billy Meredith at Man City.
Even though he was Rangers-daft(!) he relished to play against them and scored four against them in a 5-1 victory in an Inter-city league match.
He played in the losing Scottish Cup Final side of 1902 before being transferred to Liverpool.
After a season there it was on to Manchester City where he played in the side that won the FA Cup in 1904. He was with City for over three seasons - a long time by George's standards - before signing for Rangers in January 1907. After two years at Ibrox it was on to Manchester United in 1909 where he spent the remainder of his playing career, retiring in 1914 shortly before his 38th birthday.
In effect, he has been part of the squad of all the three pairs of major footballing derby sides in the UK! Rangers/Celtic, Everton/Liverpool & Manchester Utd/Manchester City! Quite a novel feat.
George was a well-travelled and adaptable player, at home as an inside-forward on either side of the field and also at right-half. He was unfortunate, given the teams he played for, not to have accumulated more medals. Hearts won the title in 1896-97 and Man Utd won the League in 1910-11 but he didn't play enough games to qualify for a medal in either campaign. Oddly enough the Old Firm teams won nothing during George's time with them. His FA Cup medal seems scant reward for a player who served with the giants of Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester as well as Hearts and Sunderland.
George made his Scotland debut in the ill-fated game against England in 1902. This was the first Ibrox disaster when 26 spectators lost their lives when the terracing collapsed.
Subsequently, this match was deemed unofficial and caps awarded do not show in official records.
He was also unfortunate to receive just two official caps for Scotland - v England in 1906 and Wales the following year. After retiring from playing, George set up a plumbing and gas-fitting business but he didn't sever his connections with the game. He also served for the King's Own African Rifles in East Africa.
Following a brief spell as Dumbarton manager at the end of World War One he took up the Trainer's role with Rangers under the bigoted manager Bill Struth from 1920-27 then performed a similar task at Bradford City 1928-35.
George Livingstone died on 15 January 1950, aged 73. An interesting character in the whole history of football in the UK!
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