George Ainsley

George Edward Ainsley (15 April 1915 – April 1985) was an English professional footballer and football manager.

George Ainsley
Personal information
Full name George Edward Ainsley[1]
Date of birth (1915-04-15)15 April 1915
Place of birth South Shields, England
Date of death April 1985
Place of death Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
South Shields St. Andrews
1932–1936 Sunderland 4 (0)
1936 Bolton Wanderers 7 (0)
1936–1947 Leeds United 91 (30)
1947–1949 Bradford Park Avenue 44 (29)
Total 146 (59)
Teams managed
1955 SK Brann
1958–1959 Ghana
1959–1962 Pakistan
1963–1964 Israel
1965–1966 Workington
1971 USL Dunkerque
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

George Ainsley,a centre forward, played for his local side South Shields St. Andrews before joining Sunderland in April 1932. He made his league debut on 6 May 1933 in a 1–1 draw away to Chelsea.[3] He played three more times the following season, in games against Portsmouth, Stoke City and Manchester City,[3] but failed to feature again for Sunderland.

He left to join Bolton Wanderers in August 1936. In December the same year, after just seven league games for Bolton, Ainsley moved to Leeds United. He scored on his league debut (On 19 December against Sunderland) and scored twice in his second appearance (as Leeds beat Middlesbrough).[4]

He was never a regular at Elland Road, despite scoring 30 times in 89 league games. He remained with Leeds until after the war, joining Bradford Park Avenue in November 1947. He retired from playing in 1949, having scored 29 goals in 44 games for Bradford Park Avenue.

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Ainsley travelled the world as a coach.[2] He began coaching in India in 1950, returning to coach the football team at Cambridge University in the early 1950s. In Bergen, he trained the Norwegian team SK Brann half of 1955. He was head coach of Ghana between 1958 and 1959. He was later coach of the Pakistan national team until November 1962 when he moved to Highland Park, Johannesburg as coach. Late in 1963 he became the manager of the Israel national side, leaving that post in December 1964.

He was appointed manager of Workington in June 1965, guiding the side to their highest ever league position (5th in Division Three) the following season. However, Workington were relegated at the end of the 1966–67 season and Ainsley was sacked in November 1966. He then coached USL Dunkerque in France.[5]


He died in Leeds in 1985.[2]


  1. ^ Michael Joyce (October 2004). Football League players' records 1888 to 1939. SoccerData. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. ^ a b c Dennis Turner & Alex White (1993). Football Managers. Breedon. ISBN 1-873626-32-0.
  3. ^ a b "George Ainsley". Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  4. ^ "The definitive history of Leeds United, 1935–36". Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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