A Poor Performance Amidst A Fantastic Career
Born on the 7th January 1889 in Sunderland, George Washington Elliott is a footballer few Celtic fans will know the name of. He played once for Celtic, when he found himself on loan from Middlesbrough, in October, 1918. Rangers defeated Celtic 0-3 at Celtic Park, with George missing a penalty.
However, whilst this was an unsuccessful outing, it was not a true reflection of George’s career as a whole. Having played for Redcar Crusaders and South Bank as a youngster, he signed for Middlesbrough in 1909, and stayed with the Club until 1925. A natural centre forward who occasionally featured at inside-right, he would go onto score two hundred and three goals in three hundred and forty four league appearances for the Yorkshire Club. He regularly ended the season as the Club’s top goalscorer, and scored the most goals in Division One in the 1913-1914 season. George also scored eleven goals in a 14-1 win for Middlesbrough’s reserves against Houghton Rovers, and featured three times for England’s national side.
George went on to work as a cargo superintendent at Middlesbrough’s docks once he had played his final match against Southampton in 1925. He died in 1948.