Death Of A Legend
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire Pays It’s Respects To An Accrington Stanley Legend.
One of Accrington Stanley’s greatest ever football players has died aged 84.
George Stewart signed for the club in 1954 for £1,500 and scored 136 goals in 182 games.
The Scottish striker broke the club’s goal scoring records with 35 goals in the 1955-6 season including three hat-tricks.
George, who had a number of jobs after leaving the game, including work as a fish salesman, passed away on Saturday, June 4 in the Scottish town of Buckie where he spent the last years of his life.
Jack Barrett, a founder member of Accrington Stanley, said: “He was a brilliant player and a grand chap.
“He would stop and talk to anybody and was very friendly. He was an all round player and scored his fair share of goals and was a very good header of the ball.
“When George was playing there were good players in the side but in particular the forward line. I will remember him for being a great player and a wonderful man, that’s beyond doubt.”
George played under manager Walter Galbraith in what is regarded as Accrington’s best ever team in old Third Division, which narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division.
He also played in the all Scottish Stanley team against Rochdale in 1955, earning the club the nickname Accrington McStanley.
George played some of the best football of his career at Peel Park and was renowned as a fast player and one of the finest headers of his time.
He signed from St Mirren in Scotland where he had been the clubs leading scorer in the previous four seasons netting 38 goals in 69 games.
The financial troubles of 1958 forced Accrington Stanley to sell him to Coventry City where he scored 23 goals in 40 games.
He later played for Carlisle United before returning to his home town of Buckie in the Scottish Highlands in 1961 to play for Buckie Thistle.
His son Grant Stewart, 57, from Buckie, said: “He was a great man and a terrific father and player.
“He often spoken about playing for Stanley. He played for many teams in his time but he always spoke about Stanley as his main team.
“He got on great with the people down there and he had a great affection for the area. He loved the club and the crowd loved him.”
Accrington Stanley chief executive Rob Heys said: “We are very sad to hear of his passing. I’m quite a young lad so he was before my time but the older members at the club remember him and have told me about his playing days.
“He had some fantastic scoring exploits and a great heading ability. The younger fans remember the name as we have grown up hearing about him being a great part of our history. When people ask about who are the top 10 greatest players to play for the club he is always up there.
“He also played in the team managed by Walter Galbraith which has been named the best in Accrington Stanley’s history.”
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire send their condolences to his family and friends.