23 April 15
Celebrating St George's Day with an 'all George' Saints XI
To celebrate St George’s Day, the Daily Echo have picked a team of ‘Georges’ to have played first team football for the club since 1946.
Only ten men with the first name ‘George’ have actually turned out, but thankfully Charlie George makes up the eleven!
The team has a goalkeeper – George Ephgrave – but otherwise is rather top-heavy on strikers.
George Burley has been chosen to manage our ‘all-George’ XI, though George Roughton – who managed Saints in the 1950s – was another candidate.
George Ephgrave: Played 38 games in goal for Saints in the first post-war season, 1946-47.
George Horsfall: The Australian-born half-back made just two appearances for Saints in 1947 before joining Southend for £1,000.
George Smith: The Pompey-born half-back played 101 matches for Saints between 1939 and 1948.
George Shipley: The defender played just three games for Saints, in the space of 10 days early in the 1979/80 season.
George Beattie: The Scottish striker played just one game for Saints in 1947, in front of 25,000 at Craven Cottage.
George Kirby: The striker scored 31 goals in 73 league and cup games for Saints between 1962 and 1964 prior to joining Coventry City for £12,000.
George Lawrence: The winger scored 15 goals in 83 games for Saints, spread over two spells at The Dell, before leaving for the last time in 1987 to join Millwall for £160,000.
George O’Brien: A prolific scorer during his six years at The Dell, hammering 180 league and cup goals in only 281 appearances. He netted 23 goals in Saints’ 1959-60 Division 3 promotion campaign, 22 the season after, and a Dell best 28 in just 38 Division 2 games in 1961/62.
George Lewis: The Welsh-born forward scored 15 goals in 45 league and cup appearances between 1946 and 1948, hitting a hat-trick in an FA Cup win against Bury.
George Curtis: The striker scored just 12 goals in 183 league and cup appearances for Saints between 1947 and 1951, after signing from Arsenal.
Charlie George: North London-born striker whose winning goal in the 1971 FA Cup final gave Arsenal their first double. His celebration - lying flat on his back with arms aloft - became a defining image of football in the 1970s. He moved to Derby, where he scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid in the European Cup, and became an England one-cap wonder before playing 52 games for Saints between March 1979 and May 1981.
Manager: George Burley. The former Scotland international full back was appointed as Harry Redknapp’s successor two days before Christmas 2005. He guided Saints to the 2006/07 Championship play-offs, and left in January 2008 to take over as his country’s national team boss.