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George McCartney
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Personal information
Full name George McCartney
Date of birth 29 April 1981 (1981-04-29) (age 28)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Sunderland
Number 3
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Sunderland 134 (0)
2006–2008 West Ham United 61 (1)
2008– Sunderland 40 (0)
National team
2000–2001 Northern Ireland U21 5 (0)
2001– Northern Ireland 32 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:31, 21 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:21, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

George McCartney (born April 29, 1981 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an international footballer for Northern Ireland. He currently plays for Sunderland where he is an attacking left full back.


Club career


McCartney joined Sunderland as a trainee in 1998[1] and made his debut against Luton in the Worthington Cup in 2000.[2] He was made team captain in 2003/04 after Jason McAteer suffered a long-term injury[2] and in 2004/05 was voted Player of the Season by Sunderland fans during the successful Championship winning campaign, narrowly beating left sided partner and fan favourite Julio Arca.[3] During the season his excellent performances earned him the title "Mr. Consistent" from manager Mick McCarthy.[3] McCartney missed a large percentage of Sunderland's ill-fated 2005-06 season due to injury.[4] He showed glimpses of his potential once he had regained his fitness, but in truth, his return came far too late in the season for him to have any meaningful impact on the team's dreadful run of results. He made 157 appearances for Sunderland in all competitions.[1]

West Ham

On August 8, 2006 McCartney moved to West Ham in a four year deal, in exchange for Clive Clarke and an additional £500,000.[5] He made his debut in the team's 2-1 defeat to Chesterfield in the League Cup on October 24, 2006.[6] After initially spending most of his time as substitute, he eventually became a first team regular under Alan Curbishley and his strong forward runs played a crucial role in West Ham's eventual escape from relegation. He went on to make 25 appearances in all competitions for West Ham during the 2006/07 season.[1] McCartney scored his first goal for the hammers, a strong back post header, in a friendly against Roma one week before the start of the 2007/08 season.[7] He scored his first Premier League goal for West Ham in the 1-1 home draw with Bolton Wanderers on November 4, 2007 with a magnificent volley.[8] At the end of the 2007/2008 season McCartney received the runner up Hammer of the Year Award, having played in all 38 Premiership games.

Return to Sunderland

McCartney rejoined former club Sunderland on September 1, 2008, signing a five-year contract, for a fee reported to be between £6.5 and 7 million, although it was officially declared as undisclosed.[9]

International career

McCartney has four caps for the Northern Ireland U-21 team and has made 23 appearances, including two as substitute, for the senior team.[10] He made his debut for the senior team in September 2001, in their World Cup qualifying win against Iceland, scoring his only goal in his professional career before his goal for West Ham in 2007.[2] In 2005, he fell out with the then manager of the Northern Ireland senior team, Lawrie Sanchez.[6] However since Nigel Worthington took charge of the national team George has stated his willingness to return [11] and on August 22, 2007, McCartney made his return to international football in the 3-1 win against Liechtenstein. [12]


  1. ^ a b c Soccerbase: George McCartney, Racing Post. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Squad list & Profiles: George McCartney, Sunderland AFC Official Website. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  3. ^ a b "George scoops award", Sunderland news report. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Injured McCartney to have surgery", BBC news report, 3 September 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  5. ^ "West Ham sign defender McCartney", BBC news report, 8 August 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  6. ^ a b "McCartney rules out return for NI", BBC news report, 26 October 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  7. ^ "McCartney heads Hammers to victory". Bishop's Stortford Citizen. 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  8. ^ "West Ham 1-1 Bolton". 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  9. ^ "McCartney agrees Sunderland move". BBC Sport. September 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  10. ^ Squad Profile: George McCartney, BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  11. ^ "McCartney glad to be back in fold", BBC Sport, 22 June 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
  12. ^ "N Ireland 3-1 Liechtenstein ", BBC Sport, 22 August 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2007.

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Preceded by
Jason McAteer
Sunderland captain
Succeeded by
Gary Breen


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