George Chaplin

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George Chaplin
Personal information
Full nameGeorge Duncan Chaplin
Date of birth(1888-09-26)26 September 1888
Place of birth Dundee, Scotland
Date of death 14 May 1963(1963-05-14) (aged 74)
Position(s) Full-back
Senior career*
Dundee Arnot
1905–1908 Dundee 38 (0)
1908–1919 Bradford City 88 (0)
1919–1923 Coventry City 106 (0)
National team
1908 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Duncan Chaplin (26 September 1888 – 14 May 1963) [1] [2] was a Scottish footballer who played as a full-back. He played professionally for various clubs in Scotland and England, and also made one senior international appearance for Scotland.



Born in Dundee, Chaplin played for Dundee, [3] Bradford City and Coventry City. [2] [4] For Bradford City, he made 88 appearances in the Football League; he also made nine FA Cup appearances. [5] He missed two seasons through tuberculosis, but made a full recovery to spend a decade with Bradford. [1] His career was brought to an end in 1923 (although he was already 34 by that stage) when he was implicated in a match fixing scandal from three years earlier when it was found Bury had accepted payments from Coventry to prevent the latter's relegation, and Chaplin was banned for life along with several others. [6] [7]

His single international appearance came for Scotland against Wales on 7 March 1908, when Chaplin was only 19 years old. [1] [8] His performance was criticised in a match report which claimed: "Chaplin fell short of requirements at left back." [9]

Personal life

His brothers were fellow professional players Jack Chaplin and Alex Chaplin. [10]

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  2. 1 2 Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. ISBN   1-899468-67-6.
  3. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. Frost, p. 393
  5. Frost, p. 380
  6. Blast From The Remote Past: On This Day 1920: CCFC Survive In What Became ‘The Bury Affair’, Coventry City Former Players' Association, 1 May 2019
  7. Coventry Match-Fixing Scandal Relegates Imps, The Stacey West, 17 November 2017
  8. "Profile". London Hearts.
  9. "Narrow Victory for the Northerners". Scotland v. Wales. London Hearts. 7 March 1908. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  10. "Scotland - Wales 2:1". IFFHS.