George Hardwick

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George Hardwick
George Hardwick (1956).jpg
Hardwick in 1956
Personal information
Full name George Francis Moutry Hardwick [1]
Date of birth(1920-02-02)2 February 1920 [1]
Place of birth Saltburn, England [1]
Date of death 19 April 2004(2004-04-19) (aged 84) [1]
Place of death Stockton-on-Tees, England [1]
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
1937–1950 Middlesbrough 143 (5)
1950–1956 Oldham Athletic 190 (14)
National team
1946–1948 England 13 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1956 Oldham Athletic
1957 Netherlands
1957–1958 PSV Eindhoven
1964–1965 Sunderland
1966–1970 Gateshead
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George Francis Moutry Hardwick (2 February 1920 – 19 April 2004) was an English footballer, manager and coach. During his time as an active player, he was a left-sided defender for Middlesbrough. He was also a member of the England national football team, playing in 13 international matches and serving as the team's first post-World War II captain.

In 1947, the nations of Great Britain joined to form a football team, which Hardwick captained and led to victory (6–1) against the rest of Europe.

Statue of Hardwick which stands outside the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough George Hardwick Statue MFC.jpg
Statue of Hardwick which stands outside the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Owing to a knee injury Hardwick had to terminate his international career after 12 matches. He is held in high esteem by Middlesbrough fans, and is regarded as the greatest defender in the club's history.

After his career as a player, Hardwick served as player manager for Oldham Athletic and manager for PSV Eindhoven, and for six months in 1957, the Netherlands national football team. He later managed Sunderland A.F.C. and Gateshead.

Today his legacy lives on in the form of The George Hardwick Foundation, [2] a charity dedicated to helping carers, former carers and patients. The Patron is his wife Jennifer, who cared for George during his latter years. They have three main sites at Stockton, Middlesbrough and The University Hospital of North Tees.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "George Hardwick". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. Archived 3 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine