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Ricky George

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Personal information
Full name Richard Stuart George
Date of birth 28 June 1946 (1946-06-28) (age 63)
Place of birth    Barnet, England
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Retired
Youth career
1961–1963 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1963–1964
1964–1965
1965–1966
1966–1967
1967–1968
1968–1971
1971–1972
1972–?
?
?
?
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Tottenham Hotspur
Watford
Bournemouth
Oxford United
Hastings United
Barnet
Hereford United
Barnet
Cambridge City
Boreham Wood
Barnet
Corinthian Casuals
0 (0)
4 (0)
3 (0)
6 (0)   

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

Ricky George (born 28 June 1946 in Barnet, Hertfordshire) is a former English footballer, businessman and columnist. He is notable for scoring the winning goal for Hereford United in the famous 1971-72 FA Cup match against Newcastle United. He was also part owner of Earth Summit, which won the 1998 Grand National.

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Football career

Ricky signed for Tottenham Hotspur as an apprentice on leaving school at the age of 15. However he did not make a first team appearance for the Double winning side and moved to Watford, then in the Third Division, in January 1964. After almost a year he was on the move again, to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (later to become A.F.C. Bournemouth). He later played for Oxford United before dropping down into the Southern League with Hastings United, Barnet and Hereford United.

Ricky had been a supporter of Barnet since a young age, and joined them for the first time in the late 1960s, emulating his elder brother Mike who had played for them previously. He enjoyed three years at Barnet, in what he has stated was the best team he ever played in. Memorably he scored a hat-trick in the FA Cup against Newport County, a team which contained future team mate Ronnie Radford.

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The FA Cup

In January 1971 Ricky was sold to Hereford United where he joined his former Hastings and Barnet team mate Billy Meadows. He took a while to find his feet at Edgar Street under manager John Charles but would soon become involved in arguably the greatest FA Cup shock of all time. Hereford met Newcastle United, of the First Division, in the Third Round at St James' Park and came away with a remarkable 2-2 draw. Ricky was the substitute that day, played for the last 20 minutes and provided a good cross that Meadows came within inches of coverting. The replay at Edgar Street saw George named as the substitute again. When Malcolm Macdonald put Newcastle 1-0 up late in the game, Ricky was brought on for the injured Roger Griffiths and played a key part in Hereford's triumph. He won possession on the left wing which ultimately led to Ronnie Radford's famous equalising goal. The game went into extra time and Ricky's fresh legs paid dividends. Controlling a pass from Dudley Tyler on the edge of the area, he turned and shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal, sparking a pitch invasion. Along with Ronnie Radford, Ricky has become part of FA Cup folklore and his achievement is nearly always referred to every year the FA Cup comes around.

Ricky started the Fourth Round match against West Ham United, which went to a replay at Upton Park after a 0-0 draw at Hereford. Unfortunately he missed an open goal which would have put Hereford 1-0 up and the final score ended in a 3-1 defeat. Hereford were elected to the Football League at the end of the season but Ricky went back to Barnet. He wound down his career in Non-League football with Cambridge City, Borehamwood and Corinthian-Casuals, and started a sportswear business in 1976. In all he made 439 first team appearances during his career.

After football

In 1992 Ricky, along with five other people, bought a share in a horse called Earth Summit. On 4 April 1998 the horse won the Grand National at odds of 7-1. Ricky maintains extremely close ties to the racing industry.

Ricky writes a weekly non-league column for the Daily Telegraph and co-presented 'Matchday with Motty' for BBC Radio Five Live with the legendary football commentator John Motson. He has known Motson since the 1960s and even travelled down to Hereford with him for the Newcastle match. Ricky has summarised frequently for BBC Radio and has appeared as a pundit on several occasions, especially for matches concerning Hereford United.

In 2001 his autobiography One Goal, One Horse was published, which covers his two most notable moments as well as his colourful footballing career.

Family

Ricky is married to Patricia Ann George. Ricky and Patricia have three children together: Danny , Adam, and Rebecca. Danny George is an actor.

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