Charlie George

charliegeorge620Charlie George grew up an Arsenal fan, started his youth career with Arsenal in 1966, and played the first seven years of his professional career with the Arsenal over 1968-1975. With a respectable 49 goals in 179 appearances, he wasn’t as prolific a player as perhaps Ian Wright or Thierry Henry, but his playmaking and technique captivated in an era of slightly unpolished football.

He’s certainly best known for his role in the 1970-71 season where Arsenal captured their first ever “Double”, winning both the First Division and the FA Cup. Along with knocking in a handful of goals during both season and Cup games, his goal in the 111th minute of extra-time was the decider in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Liverpool in the Cup final. The goal, a powerful drive from just outside the 18, was celebrated by George holding his arms outstretched and lying on the Wembley pitch: an image that has become iconic in Arsenal folklore. Arsenal’s current list of Greatest 50 Goals has the Charlie George winner at 20th.

Following his departure from the club in 1975, Charlie enjoyed success with Derby County and played for a few other clubs before retiring in the early 80s. He’s remained loyal to his boyhood club since however, returning to Arsenal later in life to host “Legend Tours” at Highbury and the Emirates. As of 2013, he is still hosting those tours giving Gunners fans both younger and older an opportunity to meet one of the club’s most famous players.

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