George Hill Player Profile

Personal

  • Full Name: George Hill
  • Born: March 21st, 1921 (Dundee)
  • Died: October 1st, 2002 (Dundee)
  • Height: 5' 4

Career

  • Position: Outside Right
  • Signed: February 0th, 1940
  • Date Left Club: March 16th, 1955
  • First Manager: Andy Cunningham
  • Dundee Career Totals:
    189 first team competitive appearances
    24 first team competitive goals
  • Also Played For: East Fife


Dundee Career Summary


Competitive Friendlies Other (War)
1939-40 - - - -10 1
1944-45 - - - -32 7
1945-46 - - - -25 17
1946-47 22 4 - - - -
1947-48 29 2 - - - -
1948-49 28 5 - - - -
1949-50 22 3 1- - -
1950-51 22 3 - - - -
1951-52 17 4 - - - -
1952-53 10 1 1 (1)- - -
1953-54 23 1 - - - -
1954-55 16 1 - - - -
TOTAL 189 24 2 (1)-67 25

NOTES:
Other Cups may include: Anglo-Scottish Cup, Challenge Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, Drybrough Cup, International Soccer League, League Cup, Summer Cup, Texaco Cup.


Biography


George Hill was a dashing winger who did much to bring Dundee out of the wilderness at the end of the Second World War and into the forefront of Scottish Football. A provisional signing in 1939, he was a terrific servant to Dundee, remaining with the club until 1955 and he was part of one of the most successful periods in the Dark Blues’ history.

As a player, ‘Pud’ as he was known, was way before his time and he could cross a ball with great accuracy and had an amazing burst of speed. Like many wingers of his age, he was small and had a bag of tricks on the ball and when ‘Wee Hilly’s’ name was announced over the tannoy on a match day, the Dens Park crowd would roar with delight.

‘Pud’ signed for Andy Cunningham’s Dundee in 1939 after scoring in a trial match for Arbroath against the Dark Blues and made his debut for The Dee in a Scottish War Cup tie against Third Lanark on February 24th 1940. He played nine times in the Scottish League Eastern Division before Dundee retired for the duration of the conflict during which he returned to his old club, Junior side Dundee North End.

George returned to Dens Park as soon as the club started up again in the Southern League North Eastern Division in 1944 and missed just one match as Dundee won the First Series which was played from August to December.

When the league football resumed properly the following season, Dundee were in the ‘B’ Division and had to win it two years in a row before getting promotion, as the first season, under the Southern League auspices, were declared unofficial. In the second campaign George played twenty-two times scoring four goals as the Dark Blues moved back to the top tier.

Within two years Dundee were challenging for the Scottish League championship and Hill was a key figure, scampering along Dundee’s touchline and scoring five times in twenty-eight appearances, including the winner against defending champions Hibernian in a 4-3 victory at Easter Road.

On the last day of the season however Dundee failed to lift the League flag when they surprisingly flopped 4-1 at Falkirk but it could have been so different had Alec Stott converted a penalty at 0-0 after ‘Pud’ was brought down in the box at the end of a mazy run in which he beat three men.

Dundee did win some silverware in 1951 and 1952 when they twice won the Scottish League Cup but injury denied Hill a winner’s medal both times. On the first ‘Road to Hampden’ George played once in the quarter-final second leg win over Falkirk but didn’t played in any of the matches on the way to the ’52 win.

George did however play in the 1952 Scottish Cup Final defeat to Motherwell and played in three of the matches en route and scored twice in the 7-1 second round victory over non-league Wigtown & Bladnoch. He missed the quarter and semi-finals with a broken arm but came back in for the final to replace the unlucky Gerry Burrell who had scored in the semi-final win over Third Lanark in Hill’s absence.

By 1955 George Anderson had been replaced as Dundee manager by Willie Thornton and when ‘Hill’s outings began to be restricted because of a knee injury, Thornton allowed him to join East Fife after making 189 appearances for The Dee and scoring 24 times.

In 1956 he became manager of Montrose in the year they were admitted into the Scottish League and it was a position he enjoyed at Links Park for three years.

George was considered by many to be unfortunate not to be capped by his country and upon retiring from the game, he ran a newsagent in Dundee’s east end. ‘Pud’ would often be seen in the Boars Rock bar in the city’s Arbroath Road regaling regulars with stories about his days at Dens Park, playing alongside Billy Steel, until he sadly died in 2002 aged eighty-one.

Back in the days when football teams were clearly structured into eleven different positions, it was often the wingers who provided the greatest excitement and George Hill certainly did that during his sixteen years as a Dee. ‘Pud’ was an outstanding performer for Dundee and although small in stature, he lacked nothing in tenacity, and it was this, allied to his speed and ability, which made him a great favourite with the Dens Park fans.

Debut

August 10th, 1946
East Fife 2 - 6 Dundee

League (B Division)


Playing Statistics - First Team Competitive matches (All Seasons)



Competition NPS Win % Draw % Loss %
League 13918- --
Scottish Cup 153- --
League Cup 353- --
Totals: 18924- --

 Recent Starting Appearances (First Team Competitive matches)
 04/12/54 A Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1
 27/11/54 A Division vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 0
 20/11/54 A Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 3
 23/10/54 A Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 3
 16/10/54 A Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0

 Recent Goals Scored (First Team Competitive matches)
 14/08/54 Group 4 vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 3
 17/04/54 A Division vs. Partick (H) 6 - 0
 03/01/53 A Division vs. Clyde (H) 4 - 1
 02/04/52 A Division vs. Morton (H) 2 - 2
 09/02/52 2nd Round vs. Wigtown & B'noch (A) 7 - 1

 List of First Team Competitive matches played (click to expand)
 04/12/54 A Division vs. Motherwell (H)  4 - 1
 27/11/54 A Division vs. Stirling Albion (A)  2 - 0
 20/11/54 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 3
 23/10/54 A Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 3
 16/10/54 A Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 09/10/54 A Division vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 2
 02/10/54 A Division vs. Hearts (H)  3 - 2
 25/09/54 A Division vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 0
 18/09/54 A Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 2
 11/09/54 A Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  0 - 3
 04/09/54 Group 4 vs. Falkirk (A)  0 - 4
 01/09/54 Group 4 vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 28/08/54 Group 4 vs. Hearts (H)  4 - 1
 21/08/54 Group 4 vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 1
 18/08/54 Group 4 vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 14/08/54 Group 4 vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 3
 17/04/54 A Division vs. Partick (H)  6 - 0
 10/04/54 A Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 3
 03/04/54 A Division vs. East Fife (A)  1 - 1
 27/03/54 A Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 20/03/54 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 13/03/54 A Division vs. Stirling Albion (A)  3 - 2
 10/03/54 A Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  1 - 0
 17/02/54 2nd Round vs. Albion Rovers (H)  4 - 0
 13/02/54 2nd Round vs. Albion Rovers (H)  1 - 1
 06/02/54 A Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 02/01/54 A Division vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 2
 01/01/54 A Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 2
 26/12/53 A Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 1
 19/12/53 A Division vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 0
 12/12/53 A Division vs. East Fife (H)  1 - 1
 28/11/53 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 19/09/53 A Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 29/08/53 Group 4 vs. Partick (A)  0 - 4
 26/08/53 Group 4 vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 2
 22/08/53 Group 4 vs. Stirling Albion (A)  2 - 0
 15/08/53 Group 4 vs. Partick (H)  1 - 1
 12/08/53 Group 4 vs. Clyde (A)  4 - 2
 08/08/53 Group 4 vs. Stirling Albion (H)  6 - 1
 18/04/53 A Division vs. Queen of South (A)  0 - 1
 04/04/53 A Division vs. Celtic (H)  4 - 0
 28/03/53 A Division vs. Partick (A)  3 - 0
 21/03/53 A Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  1 - 2
 18/03/53 A Division vs. Third Lanark (H)  3 - 0
 14/03/53 A Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 07/03/53 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 0
 10/01/53 A Division vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 2
 03/01/53 A Division vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 1
 01/11/52 A Division vs. East Fife (A)  2 - 3
 19/04/52 Final vs. Motherwell (N)  0 - 4
 02/04/52 A Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 2
 23/02/52 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H)  1 - 0
 16/02/52 A Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 2
 09/02/52 2nd Round vs. Wigtown & B'noch (A)  7 - 1
 26/01/52 1st Round vs. Ayr Utd (H)  4 - 0
 19/01/52 A Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 12/01/52 A Division vs. Morton (A)  0 - 3
 05/01/52 A Division vs. Hearts (H)  3 - 3
 02/01/52 A Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 1
 01/01/52 A Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 2
 29/12/51 A Division vs. Third Lanark (A)  2 - 0
 08/12/51 A Division vs. East Fife (H)  3 - 4
 01/12/51 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 4
 06/10/51 A Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 4
 29/09/51 A Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 0
 20/09/51 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 28/04/51 A Division vs. Partick (A)  1 - 1
 07/04/51 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 02/04/51 A Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 0
 31/03/51 A Division vs. Clyde (H)  1 - 1
 24/03/51 A Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  0 - 2
 17/03/51 A Division vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 4
 10/03/51 Quarter Final vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 2
 03/03/51 A Division vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 2
 24/02/51 A Division vs. Third Lanark (H)  2 - 1
 17/02/51 A Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 31/01/51 1st Round Replay vs. Dundee Utd (A)  1 - 0
 27/01/51 1st Round vs. Dundee Utd (H)  2 - 2
 20/01/51 A Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 1
 01/01/51 A Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 16/12/50 A Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  3 - 0
 09/12/50 A Division vs. East Fife (A)  3 - 1
 02/12/50 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 25/11/50 A Division vs. St Mirren (H)  5 - 0
 02/09/50 Group 2 vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 3
 30/08/50 Group 2 vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1
 19/08/50 Group 2 vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 1
 16/08/50 Group 2 vs. Falkirk (H)  1 - 2
 22/04/50 A Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 6
 17/04/50 A Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 08/04/50 A Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 4
 18/03/50 A Division vs. East Fife (A)  0 - 1
 11/03/50 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 4
 04/03/50 A Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 0
 25/02/50 A Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 2
 04/02/50 A Division vs. Partick (H)  1 - 0
 21/01/50 A Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 2
 14/01/50 A Division vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 1
 03/01/50 A Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 02/01/50 A Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 31/12/49 A Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 2
 24/12/49 A Division vs. Stirling Albion (H)  4 - 1
 17/12/49 A Division vs. Third Lanark (A)  0 - 1
 10/12/49 A Division vs. East Fife (H)  1 - 0
 03/12/49 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 2
 31/08/49 Group 3 vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 1
 27/08/49 Group 3 vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 2
 20/08/49 Group 3 vs. Partick (H)  5 - 2
 17/08/49 Group 3 vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 2
 13/08/49 Group 3 vs. Clyde (H)  1 - 1
 30/04/49 A Division vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 4
 27/04/49 A Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 1
 23/04/49 A Division vs. Partick (H)  4 - 2
 20/04/49 A Division vs. Falkirk (H)  3 - 1
 16/04/49 A Division vs. Morton (A)  2 - 2
 11/04/49 A Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 2
 04/04/49 Semi Final Replay vs. Clyde (N)  1 - 2
 02/04/49 A Division vs. Third Lanark (A)  3 - 2
 26/03/49 Semi Final vs. Clyde (N)  2 - 2
 19/03/49 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  4 - 3
 05/03/49 Quarter Final vs. Hearts (A)  4 - 2
 05/02/49 2nd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 29/01/49 A Division vs. East Fife (A)  0 - 3
 22/01/49 1st Round vs. St Johnstone (H)  6 - 1
 15/01/49 A Division vs. Morton (H)  3 - 1
 08/01/49 A Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 0
 03/01/49 A Division vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 1
 01/01/49 A Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  3 - 1
 25/12/48 A Division vs. Clyde (H)  3 - 1
 18/12/48 A Division vs. Third Lanark (H)  1 - 1
 11/12/48 A Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 04/12/48 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 27/11/48 A Division vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 0
 03/11/48 Quarter Final Replay vs. Alloa (A)  3 - 1
 02/10/48 Group 2 vs. Albion Rovers (A)  3 - 2
 25/09/48 Group 2 vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 18/09/48 Group 2 vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 2
 11/09/48 Group 2 vs. Albion Rovers (H)  2 - 1
 06/03/48 A Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 3
 28/02/48 A Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 4
 21/02/48 A Division vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 0
 14/02/48 A Division vs. Queen's Park (A)  1 - 0
 24/01/48 1st Round vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 4
 17/01/48 A Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 0
 10/01/48 A Division vs. Clyde (H)  7 - 0
 03/01/48 A Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 2
 01/01/48 A Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 0
 27/12/47 A Division vs. Queen of South (A)  2 - 5
 25/12/47 A Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 3
 20/12/47 A Division vs. Morton (H)  0 - 4
 13/12/47 A Division vs. Partick (H)  2 - 2
 06/12/47 A Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 29/11/47 A Division vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 2
 22/11/47 A Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 15/11/47 A Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 08/11/47 A Division vs. St Mirren (H)  6 - 1
 25/10/47 A Division vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 1
 18/10/47 A Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  0 - 2
 06/10/47 A Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 04/10/47 A Division vs. Clyde (A)  4 - 1
 27/09/47 A Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  6 - 0
 30/08/47 Group 3 vs. Third Lanark (A)  1 - 5
 27/08/47 A Division vs. Queen of South (H)  1 - 0
 23/08/47 Group 3 vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 3
 16/08/47 Group 3 vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 13/08/47 A Division vs. Morton (A)  0 - 3
 09/08/47 Group 3 vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 0
 18/01/47 B Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 11/01/47 B Division vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  0 - 0
 04/01/47 B Division vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  6 - 2
 02/01/47 B Division vs. Arbroath (A)  4 - 1
 01/01/47 B Division vs. Dundee Utd (H)  2 - 0
 28/12/46 B Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (A)  1 - 2
 21/12/46 B Division vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 0
 14/12/46 B Division vs. Ayr Utd (A)  6 - 2
 07/12/46 B Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  5 - 1
 30/11/46 B Division vs. Albion Rovers (H)  6 - 2
 23/11/46 B Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  5 - 2
 16/11/46 B Division vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  8 - 2
 09/11/46 B Division vs. Stenhousemuir (H)  4 - 1
 02/11/46 B Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  4 - 1
 19/10/46 Section 6 vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  4 - 0
 12/10/46 Section 6 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  3 - 1
 28/09/46 Section 6 vs. Stenhousemuir (H)  4 - 0
 21/09/46 Section 6 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 0
 14/09/46 B Division vs. Alloa (H)  6 - 2
 07/09/46 B Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  1 - 2
 17/08/46 B Division vs. Airdrie (1878) (H)  1 - 1
 10/08/46 B Division vs. East Fife (A)  6 - 2

 List of First Team Competitive goals scored (click to expand)
 14/08/54 Group 4 vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 3
 17/04/54 A Division vs. Partick (H)  6 - 0
 03/01/53 A Division vs. Clyde (H)  4 - 1
 02/04/52 A Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 2
 09/02/52 2nd Round vs. Wigtown & B'noch (A)  7 - 1
 09/02/52 2nd Round vs. Wigtown & B'noch (A)  7 - 1
 01/01/52 A Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 2
 07/04/51 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 02/04/51 A Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 0
 09/12/50 A Division vs. East Fife (A)  3 - 1
 22/04/50 A Division vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 6
 03/01/50 A Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 20/08/49 Group 3 vs. Partick (H)  5 - 2
 19/03/49 A Division vs. Hibernian (H)  4 - 3
 05/03/49 Quarter Final vs. Hearts (A)  4 - 2
 18/12/48 A Division vs. Third Lanark (H)  1 - 1
 11/12/48 A Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 0
 02/10/48 Group 2 vs. Albion Rovers (A)  3 - 2
 29/11/47 A Division vs. Third Lanark (H)  5 - 2
 08/11/47 A Division vs. St Mirren (H)  6 - 1
 02/01/47 B Division vs. Arbroath (A)  4 - 1
 21/12/46 B Division vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 0
 14/12/46 B Division vs. Ayr Utd (A)  6 - 2
 23/11/46 B Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  5 - 2

  = Starting Appearances (Sub Appearances) | = Goals | NPS = Squad Appearances (as Non-Playing Sub) | GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


  • Signed For Dundee


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Dundee 1 - 1 Third Lanark
    War Emergency Cup (WW2) (1st Round)


  • First Team Debut

    East Fife 2 - 6 Dundee
    League (B Division)


  • First Goal

    Dunfermline 2 - 5 Dundee
    League (B Division)


  • 50th Appearance

    St Mirren 4 - 1 Dundee
    League (A Division)


  • 50th League Appearance

    Hearts 0 - 1 Dundee
    League (A Division)


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee 0 - 1 Rangers
    League (A Division)


  • 100th League Appearance

    Dundee 3 - 3 Hearts
    League (A Division)


  • Last Appearance

    Dundee 4 - 1 Motherwell
    League (A Division)


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