George Camsell

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Centre forward George Camsell was a true goal machine of English football, one of the all time top scorers in the game. Starting at then Division 3 North team Durham City, making his debut in January 1925, he scored 20 goals in 21 games for them in 1924 and 1925 before moving to Middlesbrough in October 1925 for £800. Thereafter he scored 345 goals in 453 games for Boro including 24 hattricks, 325 of those goals coming in the League making him the 5th highest scorer of all time.

In 1926-27 he scored 63 goals in all competitions, with 59 league goals in 37 games. He has the highest goals to games record of any English international, scoring in all 9 matches in which he played and netting a total of 18 goals, including 4 goals against Belgium and a hat-trick against Wales both in 1929. That scoring run is second only to Steve Bloomer.

It is almost unimaginable how he was only picked 9 times in 7 years until you consider the other great centre forwards of the time such as the one and only Dixie Dean. After retirement with the onset of WW2, he stayed at Middlesbrough in various roles until retirement at the end of 1963.