Gillingham, Kent born outside left George Ekins began his football career with local junior club New Brompton Rovers and joined Chatham in 1890, from where he signed for Football League club Derby County in 1891, making his Football League debut against Darwen that November, scoring in a 7-0 victory. However he fell out of favour early the following season and was transferred to Second Division club Burton Swifts in July 1893 after 3 goals in 18 appearances for The Rams.
He was Burton’s joint leading League goalscorer in their 1893-94 campaign with 14 goals, scoring 5 goals in his first four matches for the club, and he enjoyed two seasons at Peel Croft scoring 17 goals in 56 appearances before signing for Southern League club Luton Town in July 1895. He had two seasons of Southern League action before Luton themselves joined the Second Division, Ekins playing in their inaugural Football League fixture, a 1-1 draw at Leicester Fosse in September 1897. After two seasons of League play with The Hatters, Ekins retired in the summer of 1899 having scored 20 goals in 65 appearances for Luton across all competitions.