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George Eastham

Bolton Wanderers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 1: A 0
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  George Richard Eastham
Birth Saturday, 13 September 1913 in Blackpool, Lancashire [registered in Fylde, December 1913].
Marriage to Ellen Mary Bullough (b.6 March 1914) [registered in Bolton, June 1936].

According to the 1939 register, George is a professional footballer, married to Ellen, living at 235c St. Anne's Road in Blackpool.

Death Friday, 28 January 2000 in Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa, aged 86 years 137 days [registered in South Africa Estates Death Index, 1999-2014].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football within Blackpool, including Cambridge Juniors FC and South Shore Wednesday FC. Joined Bolton Wanderers FC in 1932, making 114 league appearances, scoring sixteen goals, before he signed for Brentford AFC on 11 June 1937 for a transfer fee in the region of £5000, and made another 69 league appearances, scoring once. Returned to his hometown club, Blackpool FC on 9 November 1938 for £7000, making 44 league appearances, scoring nine goals. He had been placed on the 'open-to-transfer' list on 26 April 1939, although he was re-signed on 12 May. During the war, Eastham assisted Birmingham FC in September 1940 and York City FC in February 1941. Also assisted Brentford AFC in March 1941. Eastham then joined Swansea Town FC on 8 August 1947 and made fifteen league appearances and then onto Rochdale AFC in June 1948 for just two league appearances. Lincoln City AFC picked up his signature on 31 December 1948 after they had stated that they had denied signing him on 18 November, he went on to make 27 league appearances, and scored once, and then Hyde United in November 1950. He was then an Ards FC player/manager from 21 July 1953, ending his playing career in 1955.
Club honours None
Individual honours Irish League (one appearance, 1956)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 10st. 8lbs [1937]. 5' 8", 10st. 2½lbs [1938].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) Remained an Ards FC manager from 21 July 1953 until 23 October 1958, when he took over the managerial duties of Accrington Stanley FC.  He returned to Ireland when he became the manager of Belfast Distillery in June 1959, a post he held until March 1964. He became manager of Ards FC again late in 1964 until March 1970.  He spent some time scouting for Stoke City AFC until he had a spell at South African (Cape Town) club Hellenic FC in late-1971, replacing his son as manager. He was also manager at Glentoran FC in late-1972.

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 611th players (612) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 198, 18 May 1935, Netherlands 0 England 1, a friendly match at Olympisch Stadium, Stadionbuurt, Amsterdam, aged 21 years 247 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Father of George Eastham
Died a day after Bert Sproston.

Beyond England

During his early years in Blackpool, he was a baker. Managed many Irish clubs after retiring from football. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.93.

England Disgrace

"A summons against George Eastham, of Fulmer Road, Ealing, a member of Brentford Football Club, for neglecting an Alsation dog was dismissed at Ealing by a majority decision of the Bench. Mr Gordon Jones, prosecuting for the R.S.P.C.A., said that on September 17 the dog was found in Elthorne Park, Hanwell, extremely thin and emaciated. It fed ravenously when offered food. A veterinary surgeon found it had distemper and had been kept short of food. The dog had been destroyed. George Eastham said the dog went off its food six weeks ago. He took it to Brentford animal clinic and was told to feed it on milk. This he did, and the dog seemed to get better. On September 16 he found it had jumped a five-foot fence and got away. He searched for it that night without success. His wife and he were distressed at its loss. William Paul, of Brentford animal clinic, said he was unqualified and held no diploma. Mr H. G. Greenwood, for Eastham, said. 'I suggest that if the person to whom Eastham took the dog had been a veterinary surgeon he would not have been in court to-day. One knows that the R.S.P.C.A. is not friendly towards people without degrees.'
- Tuesday, 12 October 1937, The Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette.


George Eastham - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


George Eastham - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 1.00 100.0 +1


George Eastham - Match History

 Club: Bolton Wanderers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 21
1 198 18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW Start ir