Double goal centurion George Elliott was born in Sunderland and his junior career encompassed Redcar Crusaders in 1907, South Bank in 1908 and Grangetown in 1909. A centre forward, he signed for Middlesbrough in May 1909, making his Football League debut that September against Sheffield United, and went on to make 366 appearances for Boro scoring 214 goals over the following 16 years, his scoring prowess would only be eclipsed by George Camsell.
He first scored a hat-trick for Middlesbrough in a 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in March 1913, He was the country’s top scorer in 1913-14 with 31 goals as ‘Boro finished third in the League Championship (their highest ever League placing), including hat-tricks against Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday, and he was rarely not ‘Boro’s top scorer, indeed he managed the feat in seven of the twelve seasons he played for them.
He won three caps for England either side of the First World War, being first capped against Ireland in Belfast in February 1913, then against Ireland at Middlesbrough a year later and finally against Wales at Highbury in March 1920, although he was on the losing side in each game, and he also played three times for The Football League.
He also played once for Glasgow Celtic on loan from ‘Boro on 19th October 1918, when he unfortunately missed a penalty in a 3-0 home defeat by Glasgow Rangers. After the War he returned to Ayresome Park in 1919, and he scored all four goals in a 4-0 win over Bradford City in April 1920 as he recorded a career best 34 goals in the first season of peacetime football, and over his ‘Boro career he recorded twelve other hat-tricks. Well into his mid 30’s and increasingly a fringe player after Middlesbrough were relegated in 1924, he retired in August 1925.