Badenoch George Image 1 Northampton Town 1908

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Badenoch George Image 1 Northampton Town 1908


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Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway born outside right George Badenoch served in the Galloway Rifle Volunteers and began his football career with Douglas Wanderers in 1899 before joining Scottish League club Heart of Midlothian in 1900, playing once for their first team in an Inter City League match at Queen’s Park in May 1901. He moved south to join Second Division club Glossop in October 1901, making his Football League debut against Newton Heath (now Manchester United) the same month.

He was a regular during his two seasons with The Hillmen, scoring 6 goals in 57 appearances before joining Southern League club Watford in August 1903, following John Goodall, Glossop’s former manager, to Cassio Road. He scored 10 goals in 89 appearances for The Hornets over the next three seasons before joining Tottenham Hotspur in May 1906, but he only played once for Spurs, a drawn match against former club Watford, during 1906-07 before joining Northampton Town in May 1907. During two seasons with The Cobblers he scored once in 47 appearances before leaving the professional game in the 1909 close season.

He and his wife emigrated to Canada in January 1910 and reunited with other members of the Badenoch family in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. There he had two children. Badenoch returned to Britain with his family in 1913 and the following year, after the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted as a private in the 1st (Western Ontario) Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Badenoch was posted to the Western Front with his regiment in February 1915 and saw action at St. Julien and Kitcheners’ Wood. He was killed aged 33 on 15th June 1915 during the Second Action of Givenchy and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

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