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George Poyser
Personal information
Full name George Henry Poyser
Date of birth February 6, 1910(1910-02-06)
Place of birth    Stanton Hill, England
Date of death    January 30, 1995 (aged 84)
Place of death    Skegby, England
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000000 Teversal Colliery
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Stanton Hill Victoria
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Mansfield Town
Port Vale
Plymouth Argyle

72 (0)

03 (0)[1]
Teams managed
Notts County
Manchester City

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

George Henry Poyser (6 February 1910 – 30 January 1995) was an English football player and manager. He enjoyed a lengthy playing career, most notably with Brentford, the tail end of which was interrupted by World War II. He was also a manager, taking charge of both Notts County and Manchester City.


Playing career

Poyser played as a defender in the 1930s, he was a strong left-back.[2] Playing for Teversal Colliery, he had an unsuccessful trial at Mansfield Town before moving on to Stanton Hill Victoria. He enjoyed spells at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stourbridge, before signing with Mansfield Town. He was part of the Mansfield team when they were elected to the Football League in 1931.[3]

In May 1931, he joined Port Vale of the Second Division. His Vale debut came on 2 January 1932, in a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at The Old Recreation Ground. A regular in 1932-33 and 1933-34, he played a total of 72 league games, making just the one appearance in the FA Cup. In June 1934 he transferred to Brentford for a fee of £1,550.[2]

In his first season at Brentford, the club won the Second Division championship. He played for Brentford for a decade, making more than 150 appearances,[3] though like many players of his era, the Second World War shortened his career, though he represented Brentford in the non-competitive wartime competitions.

When competitive football resumed the 36 year old Poyser made three appearances for Plymouth Argyle.[4]

Management career

Poyser first turned to management with Dover. He then returned to his old professional clubs in a coaching capacity, becoming the assistant trainer at Brentford and a coach at Wolves.

His management career gained more recognition at Notts County, whom he managed between 1953 and 1957, reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1955. Former Notts County winger Gordon Wills regards Poyser as the best manager he played for.[5]

In 1957 Poyser joined Manchester City as assistant to Les McDowall, with a reputation for being a talented scout. Manchester City were relegated to the Second Division in 1963, and McDowall left the club. On 12 July 1963, Poyser was appointed as his replacement.[6] In his first season, the club reached the League Cup semi-finals, but were well short of promotion in the league, finishing sixth. His second season proved disappointing, and in January 1965 the club reached a low point with their lowest ever League attendance of 8,015 against Swindon Town.[6] At Easter Poyser was sacked, and the club finished the season in their then lowest ever position of 11th in the Second Division.



as a Player

with Brentford


  1. ^ Stats from Neil Brown stat site
  2. ^ a b Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 238. ISBN 0952915200.  
  3. ^ a b "Played for Both". Brentford FC.,,10421~1087809,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-13.  
  4. ^ "Plymouth Argyle". Neil Brown. Retrieved 2007-10-13.  
  5. ^ "Wills, Gordon". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 2007-10-13.  
  6. ^ a b James, Gary (2006). Manchester City - The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon. ISBN 1-85983-512-0.   p247-248


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