George Stevenson (footballer)

George Stevenson (4 April 1905 – 1990) was a Scottish footballer, featuring solely for Motherwell at senior club level and later managing them. As a player he was in the team which won the only League title in the club's history in 1932, played in three Scottish Cup finals, and was also a Scotland international. As Motherwell manager, he won both the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup in the 1950s.

George Stevenson
Personal information
Full name George Stevenson
Date of birth (1905-04-04)4 April 1905
Place of birth Kilbirnie, Scotland
Date of death 1990 (aged 84–85)
Place of death Dingwall, Scotland
Position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Viewfield Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Kilbirnie Ladeside
1923–1939 Motherwell 510 (169)
National team
1927–1934 Scotland 12 (4)
1927–1934 Scottish League XI 10 (2)
Teams managed
1946–1955 Motherwell
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


As a player, Stevenson was part of the Motherwell side that won the league championship in 1932, and he made 573 appearances for the club in total.[1] Stevenson was selected 12 times by the Scotland national football team (more times than any other Motherwell player), scoring four goals. He also represented the Scottish League XI 10 times.[2]

He became Motherwell's manager after the Second World War, and guided them to victory in the 1950 Scottish League Cup Final and the 1952 Scottish Cup Final as well as finishing runners-up in the 1951 Scottish Cup Final.[1] Motherwell were relegated the following season, however, and despite bringing them straight back up to Division One and reaching the 1954 Scottish League Cup Final, Stevenson resigned in 1955 after another difficult season.[1]

On 5 November 2019, it was announced that Stevenson was to be inducted into the Motherwell F.C. Hall of Fame.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

His elder brother John was also a footballer, who in contrast to George had short spells at many clubs in Scotland and England. He was also born in a different country (Wigan in Lancashire, England) with the family settling in Ayrshire prior to George's birth in 1905.[4]






See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Managers Archived 2017-05-31 at the Wayback Machine, Motherwell F.C. official site.
  2. ^ "Scotland FL Players by Appearances". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  3. ^ "George Stevenson inducted to Hall of Fame". Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  4. ^ Census returns - Census - Search results, ScotlandsPeople
  5. ^ a b George Stevenson, MotherWELLnet

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