Needham George Image 1 Gillingham 1920

Needham George Image 1 Gillingham 1920


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Staveley, Derbyshire born right half George Needham started in local football with Staveley Town in 1918 after serving in the Army with The Sherwood Foresters during the First World War, and joined First Division Derby County in 1919 making his Football League debut that December against West Bromwich Albion, however he only played five times for the first team before being released in July 1920 and joining newly elected Third Division club Gillingham.

Although he didn’t play in their opening fixture he played 36 League matches in their inaugural Football League campaign, and scored 15 goals in 131 games over the next 4 seasons at Priestfield, until he moved to Northampton Town in February 1924. He scored once in 36 games for The Cobblers before moving to Midland League club Worksop Town in the summer of 1925, his last recorded club before his eventual retirement.

His uncle was Ernest “Nudger” Needham of Sheffield United and England.

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