Gentleman George's footballing career reads like the plot from a black-and-white movie. Scoring an own-goal in the first minute of his Boro debut, he went on to captain his club and his country. 

During the war he was a sergeant in the RAF but still managed to get a break, guesting for Chelsea, which led to playing in two War Cup finals and 17 wartime internationals. 

Things took another dramatic twist when both his legs were wounded in an air raid. However, he made a full recovery and was in the starting line-up of Boro`s first post-war fixture. 

It was no surprise that this intelligent, cultured left-back went into management, leading Oldham to promotion as player-manager. In his time abroad he coached at PSV Eindhoven and became the director of coaching for the Dutch FA. 

"He was a great club man, apart from being a first-class full-back," said team-mate Ronnie Dicks. "He was just the best there was in the country."

George passed away just a few months after Dicks, in April 2004, at the age of 84.