Elsecar, Barnsley born wing half George Utley started with junior club Elsecar in 1904 and played for Wentworth in 1905. He joined Sheffield Wednesday in 1906 but soon moved to Second Division Barnsley in 1907, making his Football League debut at Stockport County in October 1908. At Barnsley he made 193 appearances in 6 years scoring 9 goals and was a member of their losing FA Cup Final team of 1910 and of their victorious 1912 team, winning the FA Cup in a replay against West Bromwich Albion at Bramall Lane.
In February 1913 he won his solitary England cap when selected to play Ireland in Belfast, still the only full international appearance by a Barnsley player, and in November he moved to Sheffield United for £2,000, for whom he was to play another 8 war interrupted years, captaining The Blades to their 1915 FA Cup Final victory over Chelsea and playing 122 games both sides of World War One, scoring 9 goals, before transferring to Manchester City in 1922, aged 35. However he retired within 12 months having only played once for City against Preston North End in October 1922. He subsequently became a trainer at Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham.