Get Well Soon George- County Legend






County's oldest surviving former player George Haigh broke his hip a couple of weeks ago and was moved from his local hospital to The Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford and operated on. Against all the odds for a 99 year old, George who was born in Reddish in 1915,  seems to have come through the operation and is now on Ward F.

George first played at Edgeley Park in schoolboy football in 1929 and was offered a professional contract by County when in his teens. He was on the books for four years, a regular in the 'A' team then the reserves before getting a couple of first team appearances in October 1938.

He usually gets in a couple of County games a season after moving south to be closer to his family, occasionally delaying the journey back to enjoy a rare chance for a couple of halves of mild in a Robbies pub, George travels with County Historian Marcus Heap when he gets to these games and Marcus visited him in hospital earlier this week. He describes George as looking frail but otherwise well during their two hour chat about football in the 1930s. 

 
George receives SCAN Cert from Paul Turnbull.

George cut the ribbon on the pitch to launch the club's 125th year when they played Morecambe in January 2008 and was the star guest at the launch of the SCAN scheme just over four years ago, where he received his certificate from Paul Turnbull , the youngest player ever to turn out for County`s first team.

Two things County supporters might want to do.....

Firstly check out  this magnificent Oliver Holt article from the Daily Mirror.....



.......and then maybe send George a get well card!

Get well soon George......a true County Legend. 

Ian Watts.

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