Name: George William Stacey
Born: April 1st 1887(?), Thorpe Helsey, Rotherham, Yorkshire.
Died: Not known
Signed for: April 1907
Debut: 12th October 1907 v Newcastle United
Appearances: 267 Goals: 9
Career: Thorpe Hesley FC/Sheffield Wednesday May 1902/Thornhill United/Barnsley Aug 1905/UNITED Apr 1907(Rotherham County during WW1), released on free transfer May 1919
Retired: May 1919
George Stacey was bought for around £200 in April 1907 from Barnsley and was bought as an understudy for Herbert Burgess. On his debut v Newcastle United, in October 1907, the team won 6-1. The first time that Newcastle had conceded so many goals at home. It was also United’s first win at St James Park so a memorable one for Stacey, who went on to have a long career with United spanning 12 years. Although he was a left-footed full back he successfully took over from Dick Holden at right back for a time before reverting back to left back later on. United won the League in his first season and then went on to win the FA Cup the following year in 1909. A second league medal followed in 1911. He was selected for England trials but was never capped perhaps due to a lack of pace, as mentioned in a United Review on 29th October 1910: “Stacey is not one of those full-backs who shine when called upon to chase a forward with a few yards start”.
It would seem that he was a man of few words as his team mates dubbed him ‘Silent’ Stacey.
He retired after being released in 1919 and after running a small business in Barnsley he later returned to his job as a coal miner.
Source: The United Alphabet by Garth Dykes
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