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Chelsea FC Profile: George Key

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Full Name: George Key

Nickname(s): Geordie

Born: Thursday, 7th February 1878
Place of birth: Dennistoun, Scotland
Height: 5' 4"
Died: Monday, 17th November 1958 (aged 80)
Place of death: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Burial: Cremated - Paisley Woodside Crematorium

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1905 to 1909

Playing Career:

Heart Of Midlothian
Chelsea (Aug 1905 to Jun 1909) - cost: unknown

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 2nd September 1905, Stockport County 1 - 0 Chelsea

Age on debut: 27 years 6 months 26 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Monday, 21st September 1908, Chelsea 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 33200035
1906 / 07 400004
1907 / 08 13000013
1908 / 09 400004


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1905 / 06 100001
1906 / 07 100001

* 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 Key made 56 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League2nd Sep 1905Stockport County10Chelsea7,000 match lost
League9th Sep 1905Blackpool01Chelsea4,000 match won
League11th Sep 1905Chelsea51Hull City6,000 match won
League16th Sep 1905Bradford City11Chelsea17,000 match drawn
League23rd Sep 1905Chelsea10West Bromwich Albion10,123 match won
League30th Sep 1905Leicester Fosse01Chelsea7,000 match won
F.A. Cup7th Oct 1905Chelsea61First Grenadier Guards5,000 match won
League14th Oct 1905Lincoln City14Chelsea3,000 match won
League21st Oct 1905Chelsea01Chesterfield Town10,000 match lost
F.A. Cup28th Oct 1905Southern United01Chelsea7,000 match won
League30th Oct 1905Burslem Port Vale32Chelsea5,000 match lost
League4th Nov 1905Chelsea60Barnsley8,000 match won
League11th Nov 1905Clapton Orient03Chelsea8,000 match won
League18th Nov 1905Chelsea10Burnley8,000 match won
League25th Nov 1905Leeds City00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League2nd Dec 1905Chelsea30Burton United7,000 match won
League9th Dec 1905Chelsea20Grimsby Town7,000 match won
League16th Dec 1905Gainsborough Trinity02Chelsea8,000 match won
League23rd Dec 1905Chelsea00Bristol City25,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1905Manchester United00Chelsea35,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1905Glossop24Chelsea6,000 match won
League30th Dec 1905Chelsea42Stockport County12,000 match won
League6th Jan 1906Chelsea60Blackpool6,000 match won
League20th Jan 1906Chelsea42Bradford City14,000 match won
League27th Jan 1906West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea25,000 match drawn
League5th Feb 1906Chelsea33Leicester Fosse6,000 match drawn
League10th Feb 1906Hull City43Chelsea7,000 match lost
League17th Feb 1906Chelsea42Lincoln City3,000 match won scored 1 goal
League24th Feb 1906Chesterfield Town02Chelsea7,000 match won
League3rd Mar 1906Chelsea70Burslem Port Vale10,000 match won
League10th Mar 1906Barnsley12Chelsea7,900 match won
League17th Mar 1906Chelsea61Clapton Orient15,000 match won
League24th Mar 1906Burnley20Chelsea8,000 match lost
League31st Mar 1906Chelsea40Leeds City9,000 match won
League7th Apr 1906Burton United24Chelsea10,000 match won
League1st Sep 1906Chelsea92Glossop12,000 match won scored 1 goal
League3rd Nov 1906Burslem Port Vale20Chelsea5,000 match lost
League20th Apr 1907Clapton Orient01Chelsea18,000 match won
League27th Apr 1907Chelsea41Gainsborough Trinity15,000 match won
League23rd Sep 1907Chelsea20Newcastle United20,000 match won
League28th Sep 1907Chelsea14Manchester United30,000 match lost
League5th Oct 1907Blackburn Rovers20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League12th Oct 1907Chelsea13Bolton Wanderers35,000 match lost
League19th Oct 1907Birmingham11Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League26th Oct 1907Chelsea21Everton50,000 match won
League2nd Nov 1907Sunderland30Chelsea13,000 match lost
League9th Nov 1907Chelsea21Woolwich Arsenal55,000 match won
League30th Nov 1907Notts County20Chelsea12,000 match lost
League2nd Dec 1907Chelsea10Blackburn Rovers18,000 match won
League7th Dec 1907Chelsea22Manchester City50,000 match drawn
League25th Jan 1908Manchester United10Chelsea30,000 match lost
League4th Apr 1908Manchester City03Chelsea40,000 match won
League7th Sep 1908Preston North End60Chelsea6,000 match lost
League12th Sep 1908Chelsea41Bury50,000 match won
League19th Sep 1908Sheffield United13Chelsea15,000 match won
League21st Sep 1908Chelsea21Nottingham Forest20,000 match won

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1905 / 06 6
1907 / 08 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. George Key made 7 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Friendly19th Aug 1905Chelsea10Chelsea0 match lost
Friendly24th Aug 1905Chelsea70Chelsea0 match lost
Friendly4th Sep 1905Chelsea40Liverpool6,000 match won
Friendly6th Nov 1905Chelsea03Everton3,000 match lost
Friendly20th Nov 1905Southampton52Chelsea3,000 match lost
Friendly13th Dec 1905Chelsea01Corinthians (UK)8,000 match lost
Friendly3rd May 1908Everton40Chelsea4,000 match lost

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1906 / 07 26
1907 / 08 8
1908 / 09 14

Non-First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. George Key made 48 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League3rd Sep 1906Fulham00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
Reserve League29th Sep 1906Maidstone United20Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League1st Oct 1906Bristol Rovers11Chelsea8,000 match drawn
Reserve League20th Oct 1906Chelsea31Norwich City0 match won
Reserve League25th Oct 1906Chelsea71Brighton And Hove Albion2,000 match won
Reserve League31st Oct 1906Chelsea21Brentford500 match won
Reserve League10th Nov 1906Tottenham Hotspur40Chelsea2,000 match lost
Reserve League17th Nov 1906Chelsea11Crystal Palace0 match drawn
Reserve League19th Nov 1906Chelsea02Queens Park Rangers2,000 match lost
Reserve League24th Nov 1906Woolwich Arsenal20Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League1st Dec 1906Chelsea51Luton Town0 match won
Reserve League3rd Dec 1906Chelsea03Bristol Rovers2,000 match lost
Reserve League15th Dec 1906Clapton Orient34Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League22nd Dec 1906Chelsea12Sittingbourne2,000 match lost
Reserve League25th Dec 1906Chelsea11West Ham United0 match drawn
Reserve League5th Jan 1907Brighton And Hove Albion33Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League12th Jan 1907Chelsea13Leyton0 match lost
Friendly30th Jan 1907Southend United31Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League2nd Feb 1907Chelsea42Watford0 match won
Reserve League9th Feb 1907Woolwich Arsenal70Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League23rd Feb 1907Tottenham Hotspur22Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League2nd Mar 1907Chelsea01Woolwich Arsenal0 match lost
Reserve League9th Mar 1907Luton Town52Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League11th Mar 1907Chelsea71Brentford0 match won
Reserve League11th Apr 1907Chelsea44Hastings & St Leonards United0 match drawn
Reserve League25th Apr 1907Chelsea11Maidstone United1,000 match drawn
Reserve League4th Jan 1908Chelsea30Luton Town0 match won
Reserve League18th Jan 1908Watford00Chelsea500 match drawn
Reserve League8th Feb 1908Sittingbourne01Chelsea1,000 match won
Reserve League21st Mar 1908Chelsea40Croydon Common0 match won
Reserve League6th Apr 1908Chelsea21Sittingbourne0 match won
Reserve League13th Apr 1908Chelsea13Clapton Orient0 match lost
Reserve League21st Apr 1908Fulham01Chelsea0 match won
Reserve League30th Apr 1908Chelsea82Norwich City0 match won
Reserve League2nd Sep 1908Swindon Town12Chelsea2,500 match won
Reserve League5th Sep 1908Chelsea20Portsmouth0 match won
Reserve League7th Nov 1908Chelsea32Brighton And Hove Albion0 match won
Reserve League28th Nov 1908Maidstone United21Chelsea0 match lost
Reserve League19th Dec 1908Chelsea21Woolwich Arsenal0 match won
Reserve League25th Dec 1908Chelsea22Clapton Orient0 match drawn
Reserve League26th Dec 1908Clapton Orient11Chelsea0 match drawn
Reserve League4th Jan 1909Chelsea50Queens Park Rangers0 match won
Reserve League9th Jan 1909Chelsea50Maidstone United0 match won
Reserve League6th Feb 1909Chelsea31Norwich City2,500 match won
Reserve League20th Feb 1909Chelsea20Sittingbourne0 match won
Reserve League27th Feb 1909Norwich City11Chelsea2,307 match drawn
Reserve League12th Apr 1909Portsmouth02Chelsea1,336 match won
Reserve League14th Apr 1909Croydon Common10Chelsea4,000 match lost

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

George passed away at The Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Scotland

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Chelsea FC Player George Key

Games Won: 35
Win Percentage: 62.5%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 56 appearances, George Key played alongside the following 40 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Ted Birnie (12)
Billy Brawn (8)
Billy Bridgeman (12)
Michael Byrne (3)
Jack Cameron (14)
Bill Cartwright (3)
David Copeland (19)
James Craigie (1)
Charles Donaghy (1)
Angus Douglas (1)
Norrie Fairgray (12)
William Foulke (32)
Johnny Goodwin (1)
George Henderson (5)
George Hilsdon (19)
Percy Humphreys (4)
Jack Kirwan (37)
Frank Lyon (2)
Bob Mackie (36)
Tommy McDermott (22)
Bob McEwan (20)
Bob McRoberts (41)
Tommy Miller (36)
Martin Moran (43)
Francis O'Hara (1)
Frank Pearson (25)
Willie Porter (1)
Peter Proudfoot (3)
Jacky Robertson (31)
James Robertson (17)
Arthur Robinson (2)
Fred Rouse (11)
Jimmy Stark (8)
Joseph Walton (4)
Ben Warren (4)
James Watson (13)
Ben Whitehouse (5)
Bob Whiting (11)
Jack Whitley (7)
Jimmy Windridge (33)