george hunt - fact file

1930 - 1937        forward


Born on 22nd February 1910 in Mexborough, near Rotherham, Yorkshire, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 8")

Weight : -  - kgs    (10st 13lbs)


A prolific goal-scorer for Tottenham, George Hunt was an instrumental performer in Tottenham's pre-Word War II side, being the club's fifth highest scorer.

Starting his career as a robust, but skilful striker at Regent Street Congregationals, George was overlooked by local sides Barnsley and Sheffield United and by Port Vale, before being taken on by Chesterfield in 1929.  The forward had a very good strike rate during his one season at Saltergate, making him a wanted man (including interest from Arsenal) and Spurs moved in to sign him up in the summer of 1930, beginning a seven year association with the club, with his electric pace that left defenders in his wake.

Hunt's style depended much on his blistering pace and his hunger for goals, with his dynamic running and energetic attitude making him a firm favourite with the Spurs crowd.  Not the tallest of forwards, his build gave him a great advantage in being difficult to knock off the ball.

During that time, Hunt showed why he was so dangerous, with 138 goals in 198 senior competitive matches ... an incredible scoring ratio.  Unsurprisingly, he topped the scoring charts for the club for five successive seasons and fired Spurs to promotion to the first Division, with international recognition coming in the shape of three England caps.

His early first team games showed he could score, but did not have the same presence as Ted Harper, who was out injured.  Spurs just missed out on promotion that year, but with a year behind him, Hunt was a different striker after that.  He did not have the same problem in the coming years, with the goals that earned Tottenham a place in the First Division after promotion in 1933, as he began to score heavily.

His goals also brought him unwanted attention, as defenders treated him harshly in an attempt to stop him getting within shooting range and this put him out for parts of the 1934-35 season, as Spurs were relegated without his goals. 

It was a little surprising that Tottenham sold the forward to Arsenal in October 1937, but he failed to live up to his form at Spurs, playing for only one season at Highbury, although there was a First Division champions medal at the end of it.  George had been signed as a stand-in for the injured Ted Drake, but when the Arsenal striker was fit again, he dropped out of contention for a first team place and when Bryn Jones was signed, Hunt left to join Bolton Wanderers in March 1938.

There he found the football to his liking and scored frequently until World War II called a halt to football in England.  Hunt continued to turn out for the Trotters in war-time matches, as well as Liverpool, Luton Town and Rochdale, but after the war, he was allowed to go to Sheffield Wednesday in 1946 and played until his retirement in May 1948.

After hanging up his boots, George went back to Burnden Park to be a coach with Bolton and was there when they won the FA Cup in 1958 and stayed until 1968, giving twenty years of service to the club behind the scenes.

When his footballing duties ended, he moved to run a car wash department in a Bolton garage.

George Hunt died on 19th September 1996, after suffering with Alzheimer's disease for several years.



NICKNAME :   Chesterfield Tough

Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Chesterfield September 1929 ?? ??  14 9
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR June 1930 ?? 20th September 1930 v Stoke City (Division 2) (away) lost 1-2 198 138
Arsenal October 1937 ?? 2nd October 1937 v Manchester City (First Division) (home) 21 3
Bolton Wanderers March 1938 ?? ??  45 24
Sheffield Wednesday 1946 ?? ??  32 8

Career Record
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
185 League appearances; 125 goals
13 FA Cup appearances; 13 goals
7 Other appearances; 13 goals

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Bolton Wanderers

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

England international
3 full caps;  1 goal
Debut :  1st April 1938 v Scotland (Hampden) (Home Nations)  lost 1-2
Under-21 caps; goals
Division 1 Championship winners medal 1937-38  (Arsenal)
League North Cup winners medal 1945 (Bolton Wanderers)

- appearance


George Hunt's grandfather had played for Barnsley, but the forward chose not to follow in his foot-steps, as a contract offer from the Tykes was not regarded as being good enough in the terms contained in it.



Lived in Farnworth district of Bolton and ran the car washing department of a garage in the town.

At 64 watched the odd Bolton game, saying, “I pick my games. I think you have to watch First Division football for any real excitement or enjoyment.”

His outstanding match for Spurs came in a 3-0 win over Everton in march 1934. “I remember it particularly because the opposing centre forward was the great “Dixie” Dean.”
Hunt scored a hat-trick that day completely putting Dean in the shade !!



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