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George Tait

Birmingham Excelsior FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 0: A 1
0% successful


Captain: none
minutes played:


  George Tait
Birth late 1859 in Aston Manor, Birmingham, Warwickshire, before 25 November [registered as Tate in Birmingham, December 1859].

Cannot be found on the 1861 census, but we know George is the youngest of five to Joseph and Kezia.


According to the 1871 census, George now has two more younger siblings, and along with their parents, they are living in Webster Street in Aston Manor. His father is a gun barrel rifler.


According to the 1881 census, George and his younger brother, Robert, are living with their widowed older sister, Mary (Payne), and her single daughter, at 16 Taylor Street, Aston. George is a layman

Death 20 November 1882, in Aston, aged 23 years nk days [registered in Aston, December 1882], An article in Athletic News, 22 November 1882, stated that he had died of a typhoid attack on the Monday morning.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Kevin Powell &

Playing Career

Club(s) Junior football then Birmingham Excelsior FC;
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 81st players (86) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 12, 26 February 1881, England 0 Wales 1, a friendly match at East Lancashire Cricket Ground, Alexandra Meadows, Blackburn, aged 21 years nk days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions His untimely death meant he was the fourth England player to die, the second youngest to die and the second player from the 1881 team to do so.

Beyond England

No further information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.242.

The Numbers
Parties Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain
1 1 90 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1

Match Record
Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1

Match History
 Club: Birmingham Excelsior F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 21
1 12 26 February 1881 - England 0 Wales 1, East Lancashire Cricket Club, Blackburn Fr HL Start cf