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George Payne (footballer, born 1887)

George Clark Payne (17 February 1887 – 1932) was an English professional footballer who played as an inside left. He is mostly noted for his two years in the Southern League with Crystal Palace.[3] Payne also played in the Football League for clubs Sunderland and Woolwich Arsenal,[1] and in the Southern League for Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton.

George Payne
Personal information
Full name George Clark Payne[1]
Date of birth (1887-02-17)17 February 1887
Place of birth Hitchin, England
Date of death 21 August 1932(1932-08-21) (aged 45)[2]
Playing position Inside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hitchin Union Jack
Hitchin Town
Barnet Alston
1906–1908 Tottenham Hotspur 7 (3)
1909–1911 Crystal Palace 46 (31)
1911–1912 Sunderland 2 (0)
1912 Leyton
1912–1913 Woolwich Arsenal 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Payne joined Southern League First Division club Tottenham Hotspur in 1906 and stayed with the side until its election to the Football League in 1908.[2] Following two seasons back in the Southern League with Crystal Palace, he transferred to First Division club Sunderland in 1911.[4] After just two appearances, Payne returned to the Southern League with Leyton in January 1912.[1] He made a return to the First Division in the summer of 1912 with Woolwich Arsenal.[5] Payne made just three first team appearances for the Gunners and predominantly played in the South Eastern League with the club's reserves, with whom he scored 9 goals in 16 appearances.[5] He left the club at the end of the 1912–13 season.[5] Serious wounds in combat during the First World War brought an end to Payne's career.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Payne was married to Miriam, sister of Hitchin-born footballing brothers George, Harry, Vic and Willie Furr.[6] He was seriously wounded on active service during the First World War.[5]

Career statisticsEdit

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tottenham Hotspur 1907–08[2] Southern League First Division 7 3 0 0 7 3
Sunderland 1911–12[4] First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
Woolwich Arsenal 1912–13[2] First Division 3 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 12 3 0 0 12 3


  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 227. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. ^ a b c d "George Clark Payne". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^, Holmesdale Online. "George Payne". Holmesdale Online. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Sunderland AFC – Statistics, History and Records – from TheStatCat". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e "George Payne |". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Furr Harold Frederick" (PDF). Croydon Common Football Club. Alan Futter. Retrieved 29 September 2016.