||24 Jun 1910, Ashington (England)
There must be something in the water up in Ashington: George
Milburn, like his brothers Jack, Jim and Stan, was an excellent
full-back - and with cousin Jackie and nephews Jack and Bobby Charlton
also rather well-known, there's obviously something genetic involved
too. George joined Leeds in 1928 and became a regular in the side. He
partnered his older brother Jack on 153 occasions: in 1932-33 both
brothers appeared in every league and cup game, and the following
season they almost managed to repeat the feat. The arrival of Bert
Sproston towards the end of 1933 gave George some competition for the
right-back berth, and after the 1933-34 season he only made the
occasional appearance for the first team - but did captain the reserve
team to the Central League title in 1937 before departing for
Chesterfield. He did return to Leeds to play 3 games during the war,
but in harness with brother Stan served the Spireites until well after
the end of the war. At Leeds, brother Jack had been the penalty taker,
and George had to defer to his older brother. But at Chesterfield he
took on the spot kick duties - and scored 3 from the spot in a single
game. When he retired from playing, he took up the post of assistant
manager and remained in Chesterfield until his death in 1980.
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