Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire born right back George Young began his football career with Dumbarton in 1898 before joining Beith in 1899, and in 1901 he moved to Glasgow Rangers. He made his Scottish League debut for Rangers in a 2-1 victory over Morton at Ibrox in December 1901, and played in three Inter City League games before the end of the season, after which he returned to Beith. He first moved to England to join Southern League Portsmouth in the 1903 close season, making his debut at Reading that September, soon establishing a regular place in the side, making 27 appearances in his debut season. His two seasons at Fratton Park produced 53 Southern League and FA Cup appearances for Pompey, and he was signed by Second Division West Bromwich Albion in May 1905.
He made his Football League debut against Burnley in September, but lost his place before New Year and had a brief loan spell back at Glasgow Rangers in March, playing in a single Glasgow League fixture for the Gers, before returning to The Hawthorns where he played twice more at Easter, making a total of 16 appearances for The Baggies as they finished fourth in the League, before joining West Bromwich Strollers in 1906. He then moved to Kidderminster Harriers in 1907 and Worcester City in 1908 before finishing his professional career.