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Chelsea FC Player Profile: George Johnson

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Full Name: George Henry Johnson

Born: Wednesday, 1st February 1888
Place of Birth: Stepney, England
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Died: Saturday, 1st March 1952

George Henry Johnson was born to George and Esther (Nee Bush) on 1st February 1888 at Dakin Street in Stepney, East London and was baptised in December of the same year at St Matthews, Stepney. As a child he attended the Ratcliff, Broad Street School and St Annes, Limehouse, leaving school in the summer of 1902.

From FA Registration documents, it appears George had a brief time with Southend United (registered 10 Apr 1908), before joining Clapton Orient in August 1908 (registered 19th Aug 1908). He spent almost 4 seasons with Clapton before joining Chelsea in March 1912 (registered 14 Mar 1912). After Chelsea, he played for Portsmouth from May 1913 for one season before moving to Hampshire League club Boscombe in 1914. Following WWI he played for Vickers Crayford in season 1919/20 and finally for Folkestone, whom he joined June 1920.

During his time at Chelsea, George married Sophia Sarah Baker on 9th June 1912 at St Paul's Old Ford, in Bow. From Census records, they had at least 1 daughter, Irene, born in 1923. By 1939 and long after the end of George's football career, the 3 of them had moved to Foord Road, Folkestone, Kent, where Goerge is listed as being a bus conductor, Sophia "Unpaid domestic duties) & Irene a saleshand in bakery department.

Sophia remarried in October 1952 in Folkestone, which led to finding George Henry's death at Hillcrest Road, Hythe on 1 March 1952. He was buried five days later at Hawkinge cemetery, plot V, grave # 858.

Playing Career:


Southend United
Clapton Orient
Chelsea (Mar 1912 to May 1913) - Free Transfer
Portsmouth
Boscombe
Vickers Crayford
Folkstone Town

Chelsea Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 16th March 1912, Chelsea 0 - 2 Birmingham

Age on debut: 24 years 1 months 15 days

Last Appearance: Wednesday, 5th February 1913, The Wednesday 6 - 0 Chelsea

Appearances

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1911 / 12 200002
1912 / 13 220004
Total420006

Goals

Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
Total000000


* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. George Johnson made 6 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League16th Mar 1912Chelsea02Birmingham27,000 match lost
League25th Apr 1912Barnsley02Chelsea7,000 match won
League9th Nov 1912Everton10Chelsea20,000 match lost
League16th Nov 1912Chelsea04The Wednesday27,000 match lost
F.A. Cup1st Feb 1913Chelsea11The Wednesday35,606 match drawn
F.A. Cup5th Feb 1913The Wednesday60Chelsea35,860 match lost
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Chelsea FC Player George Johnson

Games Won: 1
Win Percentage: 16.67%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0

Teammates

During his Chelsea career of 6 appearances, George Johnson played alongside the following 20 players (number of appearances together in brackets)

Wally Bettridge (3)
Ron Brebner (2)
Billy Bridgeman (4)
David Calderhead (Jnr) (4)
Jack Cameron (3)
George Dodd (1)
Angus Douglas (4)
Sam Downing (4)
Norrie Fairgray (2)
Harry Ford (4)
Charlie Freeman (2)
Jack Harrow (1)
James Molyneux (3)
Alec Ormiston (4)
Frederick Taylor (6)
Bob Thomson (2)
James Turnbull (2)
Jack Whitley (1)
Bob Whittingham (4)
Vivian Woodward (4)