Seaton Delaval, Northumberland born inside forward George Stephenson started with hometown junior club New Delaval Villa in 1918 before joining Leeds City in 1919, for whom he hadn’t made a first team appearance when the club was expelled from the League in October 1919 and disbanded. From November 1919 to November 1927 he played for Aston Villa, making his debut against Liverpool in December 1921. Initially a fringe player, he didn’t feature in their 1924 FA Cup Final team, and established himself as a first team regular from the end of January 1925, scoring 22 goals in 95 appearances before moving on to Derby County in November 1927. At Derby he was part of the team that were runners up in the League Championship in 1929-30, as Stephenson scored 16 goals.
He also became an England international, making two appearances in the 1928 tour of France and Belgium, scoring twice against France on his debut on 17th May 1928. He made his third and final appearance for England in May 1931 in a 5-2 defeat to France. After four seasons at Derby, where he scored 56 goals in 120 appearances, he moved to Sheffield Wednesday in February 1931 along with Tom Davison, scoring 20 goals in 45 appearances for The Owls. He signed for Preston North End in July 1933 and spent the 1933-34 season with them, scoring 16 goals in 28 appearances as Preston finished runners up in the Second Division and were promoted, before spending the last three years of his career with Charlton Athletic, joining The Addicks in May 1934. He won the Third Division (South) Championship in 1934-35 and made it three successive promotions when Charlton finished runners up in the Second Division in 1935-36 and were promoted to the First Division, where he played 11 times the next season before he retired in 1936 after 12 goals in 53 Addicks appearances.
After being forced to retire he remained as part of Charlton’s backroom staff, becoming Assistant Manager in May 1938. He became Huddersfield Town’s manager in August 1947 and stayed five seasons until leaving the post in March 1952 in a season that eventually saw their relegation.
He was the younger brother of Clem Stephenson of Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and England, and Jimmy Stephenson who played for Aston Villa, Sunderland, Watford and QPR. His son Bob was also a professional footballer, playing for Derby County, Shrewsbury Town and Rochdale in the 1960’s, as well as playing cricket for Derbyshire and Hampshire between 1967 and 1980.
NB in the photograph he is shown with Derby County team mates Jack Barker, Billy Carr and Tom Cooper.