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    George Avery

    Surname Avery
    Forename(s) George
    Position(s) Inside forward
    Attributes

    5'5"
    b. Chipping Wycombe January 1859
    d. Blackburn 8 March 1915
     

    Career

    Debut 15 February 1879 Final Game 29 April 1884
    First Goal 25 October 1879 Final Goal 17 March 1884
    CAREER: Queens Own;Blackburn Rovers '80-'84;Blackburn Casuals Mar’87.
    HONOURS FAC los (Blackburn Rovers) ’82.
     

    Playing Statistics

    FAC     20 apps      9 gls
    LC        29 apps   17 gls  4g 1 3g 1
     

    Summary

    Avery’s father was a chair maker who had his own business, originally in Radnage but then in Chipping Wycombe, where George was born. The eldest boys went into the family business from the age of ten but perhaps realizing that their market area was insufficient to keep a large family, George and his brothers John and Albert moved to Blackburn and set up in business as cabinet makers. He was captain of the Queens own side when the Rovers recruited him and was noted for his dribbling skills and his stamina, which was compared with the six day foot racers. He played in the club's first ever English cup final and was a regular until he migrated to New Jersey where he worked for the Home Rubber Company of Trenton, New Jersey. This almost cost him his life. His apron caught in the driving strap of the machine and he was dragged into the mechanism, only for the apron to tear, precipitating him back to the floor. He returned to England after six months because his brother was ill. He then married Mrs Aspden, the widow of the licensee of the Leamington Hotel, and  he held the license for twenty years up to his death. In 1887 he returned to playing at the behest of his old club mate, Tom Jefferson.

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