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George Petchey

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George Petchey
Personal information
Date of birth (1931-06-24)24 June 1931
Place of birth Whitechapel, London, England
Date of death 23 December 2019(2019-12-23) (aged 88)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1948–1952 West Ham United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1953 West Ham United 2 (0)
1953–1960 Queens Park Rangers 255 (22)
1960–1965 Crystal Palace 143 (12)
Teams managed
1971–1977 Leyton Orient
1978–1980 Millwall
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

George W. Petchey (24 June 1931 – 23 December 2019) was an English footballer and manager who made 400 appearances in the Football League for West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace, playing at wing half (defensive midfield).[1] He was well known for being a hard tackling, midfield general or enforcer, whilst also being one of the first of his generation to play an attractive, keep ball style of play at the same time.

Playing career

Petchey was born in Whitechapel, London. He joined West Ham in 1948 and transferred to QPR in 1953. He made his Rangers debut against Brighton in August 1953 and over the next seven seasons, played 255 league games for Rangers scoring 22 goals.

Petchey signed for Crystal Palace in May 1960.[2] He went on to play 143 league games for Palace scoring 12 goals. In season 1960–61, he was ever present as Palace achieved promotion.[3] Subsequently, he suffered a serious eye injury which ultimately hastened his retirement.[3] He returned from the injury in a home FA Cup quarter final tie against Leeds United, in March 1965,[3] and made one further appearance, in the league, the following month.[4] He retired to become coach at Crystal Palace[2] and later manager at Leyton Orient, Millwall and Brighton,[citation needed] whilst also having roles at Chelsea.[5] Following these stints as manager he then became first team coach at Brighton, moving on to manager whilst at the Goldstone ground in Hove. Petchey was well known for being an excellent coach of young players (he was the first English coach to get all the Uefa coaching badges), demonstrated when bringing through the ranks, Laurie Cunningham at Leyton Orient, who went on to be one of the best players of his generation. His passion for bringing through young talent took him to become chief scout at Newcastle United in the late 1990s under Ruud Gullit, bringing in players such as Kieron Dyer from Ipswich Town. Following this, he became one of the first team coaches under Sir Bobby Robson in the successful early 2000s before retirement.

Personal life

Petchey died on 23 December 2019 aged 88.[6]


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  2. ^ a b Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905-1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 336. ISBN 0907969542.
  3. ^ a b c Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 84. ISBN 0907969542.
  4. ^ Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel (1989). Crystal Palace a Complete Record: 1905-1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 223. ISBN 0907969542.
  5. ^ "George Petchey". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  6. ^ "George Petchey". The Argus. 9 January 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2020.

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