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George Mutch (21 November 1912 – 30 March 2001) was a Scottish footballer. He played as an inside forward. Born in Aberdeen, Mutch started his football career with Avondale before joining Banks O' Dee. He then moved on to Arbroath, and signed for Manchester United in 1934. He played for United for four years, scoring 49 goals. After leaving, he went to Preston North End, where he helped the club win the 1938 FA Cup Final, the first to be shown on television. In the last minute of extra time, Mutch was fouled. He scored the resulting penalty kick, which rebounded from the underside of the bar, to win the match for Preston North End.[2] Mutch remained with Preston throughout the Second World War, but joined Bury at the cessation of hostilities. After a season with Bury, he joined Southport as a player-trainer, before taking up his training responsibilities on a permanent basis in 1948. He then returned to Scotland as the manager of Banks O' Dee in 1950.

George Mutch
Personal information
Full name George Mutch[1]
Date of birth (1912-09-21)21 September 1912
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of death 30 March 2001(2001-03-30) (aged 88)
Place of death Aberdeen, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
Banks O' Dee
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
000?–1934 Arbroath
1934–1937 Manchester United 112 (46)
1937–1946 Preston North End 83 (24)
1946–1947 Bury 21 (8)
1947–1948 Southport (player-trainer) 14 (2)
Total 230 (80)
National team
1938 Scotland 1 (0)
Teams managed
1948–1950 Southport (trainer)
1950–? Banks O' Dee
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He earned one cap for the Scotland national football team, a 1–0 win over England at Wembley Stadium on 9 April 1938.


  1. ^ "George Mutch". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ Barber, David (13 January 2006). "FA Cup Heroes". The Football Association. Archived from the original on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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