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Club saddened to learn of passing of former player

28 December 2020

Cobblers Past and Northampton Town Football Club are deeply saddened to receive news that former player George Hudson has passed away aged 83.

George spent over two seasons at Blackburn but only made a handful of appearances.

He joined Accrington in 1960 and in his first season broke their goalscoring record with 35 league goals in 44 games.

The following season the club folded and all players became property of the Football League.

George was transferred to Peterborough as a replacement for Terry Bly who had joined Coventry.

His 38 league and cup goals in 18 months at London Road were enough to keep the Posh up among the leaders.

Coventry then signed George and he racked up the goals for the Sky Blues, twenty-five of them in his first season which helped them to the Third Division title.

The Cobblers needed a striker to keep them in Division One and they signed George much to the disgust of a lot of Coventry fans who travelled to Northampton to see his debut v Leeds.

They were not disappointed as he scored a goal and laid another on for Barry Lines in a 2-1 victory.

The Cobblers were relegated to Division Two and despite George scoring in the pre season friendlies he just could not find the net in League games.

It was no surprise that he was allowed to join Tranmere in what Northampton manager Dave Bowen describes as the easiest transfer he had ever handled.

George gave Tranmere two seasons and then moved on to Altrincham before working in different factories in Manchester.

We would like to send our condolences to George's family and friends.



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