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Liam George
Personal information
Full name Liam Brendan George
Date of birth 2 February 1979 (1979-02-02) (age 30)
Place of birth    Luton, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Hitchin Town
Youth career
Luton Town
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1997-2002
2002
2002
2002
2002-2003
2003
2003
2003
2003-2004
2004
2005-2006
2006
2006-2007
2007
2007
2007
2008-
Luton Town
Clydebank
Stevenage Borough
Bury
Boston United
St. Patrick's Athletic
York City
Grays Athletic
Dunstable Town
AFC Wimbledon
Atlanta Silverbacks
Chesham United
Eastleigh
Hyde United
FC United of Manchester
Barton Rovers
Hitchin Town
102 (21)
002 0(0)
004 0(0)
008 0(1)
003 0(0)
004 0(1)
021 0(3)
006 0(4)


022 0(3)


01 0(0)   
National team
Republic of Ireland U21 004 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 15 November 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Liam Brendan George (born February 2, 1979 in Luton, England) is an English-born Irish footballer, who represented Ireland in the Under 18 European Youth Championship, and who is currently playing for Hitchin Town on a part-time basis, having signed for them in December 2008.

Liam's family originates from Saint Lucia (father, Victor) and Church Street, Dublin (mother, Anne). He grew up on Luton's Marsh Farm housing estate and attended Cardinal Newman Catholic High School.

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Early career

Liam started his career in football progressing through the youth ranks at Luton Town [1] and represented his country, the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels. His career took him from an Under 18 European Youth Championship with Ireland to the USL in America within 8 years.

Club career

Having broken into the Irish youth teams with the likes of Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Stephen McPhail, George progressed through the Irish youth teams and the Luton Town reserve team. In July 1998 he represented the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Under 18 Youth Championships, reaching the final against Germany. The game went to penalties and, with the score at 3-3, George slotted home the winner to make it 4-3[2].

George's debut came in the 1997-98 season with a 3-0 defeat to Bristol City[3], however playing time was limited throughout the season's duration. The following season showed more promise and George started as a first team regular, although a broken leg prevented George playing past the summer months. The 1999-2000 season was a greater success for George, bagging 16 goals. Luton were relegated the following year with George managing 7 league goals, 2 cup goals. Luton were in the Third Division (now Football League Two) for the first time in over 30 years and George stayed at the club on a weekly contract basis. However Luton manager Joe Kinnear purchased a number of players and George struggled to hold down a starting position.

Unsuccessful trials at Leyton Orient, Sheffield United and Gillingham led George to Stevenage Borough. However after 3 months at the Conference club with his ex-Luton assistant manager, Wayne Turner, George moved onto Bury on a 3 month contract at the start of the following season 2002-2003. Before the end of the 2002-2003 season George had turned out for Boston United and St. Patricks Athletic. York City signed George after a successful trial ready for the 2003-2004 season, however another injury meant George spent more time on the treatment table and York were relegated that year. York manager, Chris Brass did not offer him a new contract and therefore another move was on the cards, this time to Grays Athleic. [4] Before signing for USL First Division side the Atlanta Silverbacks in March 2006, Liam kitted out for Dunstable Town and AFC Wimbledon.

A far cry from the international success at Under 18 level, Liam found himself thousands of miles from home playing in the USL, the second division of US soccer, compared to the Major Soccer League. Liam scored 3 goals in 22 games for the Silverbacks before returning to England with Chesham United in November 2006. Signing non-contract terms to be able to play competitive football. January 2007 seen him move to Eastleigh again on non-contract terms. This was followed by spells with Hyde United and FC United of Manchester, whom he left in October 2007. George went on to sign for Barton Rovers before he signed for Darran Hay's Hitchin Town in December 2008.[1]

Injuries

In August 1998 George suffered a fracture dislocation of his left ankle against a challenge from Wigan Athletic defender Scott Green. A failed medical in November 2001 saw a move to Colchester United fall through of which he was never given a reason behind the failure. During 2003-2004 season Liam’s season was cut short through shin splints of his right calf. He was again injured in the 2004-2005 season with patella tendinitis which seen him sit on the sidelines for 18 months.

He is studying at the University of Salford for a degree in Physiotherapy.[2]

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