George Hair

Born 28th April 1925 in Ryton, Tyne and Wear – Died 24th October 1994.

An outside left, George was signed by Newcastle United during World War 2 in May 1943 for £10 from local junior side Spen Juniors.

During the war years George played in both the 1st and 2nd Football League North Divisions where he made 16 appearances in the 1943/44 season scoring 4 goals and 35 appearances in the 1945/46 scoring 10 goals. Also in the 1943/44 season George made 3 appearances scoring 1 goal in the FA Cup.

After the war George made 23 Football League appearances for the Magpies scoring 7 goals plus 3 appearances and 1 goal in the FA Cup.

He was a main member of the Newcastle United Reserve team that won the Central league in 1947/48 the same season as the first team got promotion back to Division 1.

While at Newcastle George was sent to Harley Street in London where two sets of contact lens were made for him at Newcastle United’s cost. Although not proven it is thought that George may have been one of the first professions footballers to have worn contact lens. A Newcastle United book states that he was one of the rare breed of footballers who wore contact lens at the time.

Strangely after breaking into Newcastle first team on 9th October 1948 he played in the next 15 consecutive first team games up to and including the 8th January 1948 when Newcastle lost 2-0 to Bradford Park Avenue in the FA Cup but was then sold to Grimsby Town for £6,000.

At Grimsby George went on to play 68 matches in Division 2 scoring 8 goals for the Mariners.

In 1951, Posh manager Bob Gurney signed George and he made his Posh debut in the 5-2 defeat on the opening day of the 1951/52 season at London Road against Notts County Reserves.

George scored his first goal for the Posh on the 22nd December 1951 against Lincoln City Reserves in Posh’s 2-2 draw at London Road.

George helped Posh to their highest finish in the FA Cup in 1954 (at the time) when the club reached the 3rd Round Proper, where they lost to First Division side Cardiff City 3-1 in front of a 38,000 crowd. George played a significant part  in Posh winning their first Midland League title in the 1955/56 season when he played in 42 of the 46 league games scoring 16 goals (3 from the penalty spot).

In total George made 168 Midland League appearances scoring 40 goals as well as making 17 FA Cup appearances scoring 3 goals.

After leaving Peterborough George went to Boston United for a season then on to Spalding United for several seasons.

George died suddenly of a heart attack at his home in Yaxley near Peterborough on 24th October 1994.

Posh Record:

Competition Starts Used Subs Unused Sub Goals
Midland League 168 0 0 40
FA Cup 17 0 0 3
Total 185 0 0 43