George YOUNG | 1948 - 1953

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George YOUNG | 1948 - 1953

Postby electric_trigger » 2010 Jan 01, 18:36


Clubs: Rangers
Nationality: Scotland _sco
Number: 2
Position: *SB, CB
Era: 1948 - 1953, Age: 26-31

Foot: R
Side: R

Length: 187
Weight: 95

Attack: 65
Defence: 80
Balance: 90
Stamina: 85
Top Speed: 83
Response: 83
Agility: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 72
Dribble Speed: 72
Short Pass Accuracy: 74
Short Pass Speed: 76
Long Pass Acc.: 83
Long Pass Speed: 84
Shot Accuracy: 68
Shot Power: 80
Shot Technique: 68
Free Kick Accuracy: 72
Curling: 75
Header: 92
Jump: 84
Technique: 76
Aggression: 70
Tenacity: 90
Keeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 83
Injury Tolerance: B
Condition/Fitness: 7
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot frequency: 6




P02 – Deep Cover
S04 – PK Taker
S08 – Slide Tackle
S09 – Covering
S10 – DF Leader


Born in Grangemouth, Young started his career with junior side Kirkintilloch Rob Roy before moving to Rangers in 1941. Although primarily considered a centre half, he was often played at right back during his 16 years in Govan, to accommodate Willie Woodburn in Rangers' renowned Iron Curtain defence.

Over the years he became a reliable penalty taker, and had few weaknesses. He was commanding in the air, a strong tackler and for such a tall man ( he was 6ft 2ins) remarkably quick on his feet. It annoyed Young that the Rangers team of that time were accused of playing 'route one' football, with Willie Thornton regularly scoring from his upfield clearances. In fact, this was a deliberate attacking ploy practised in training.

The Rangers side of the immediate post-War era was one of the dominant forces in Scottish football and Young was a key component in its success. Having won the League and League Cup in 1946-47 and the Scottish Cup the following season, Rangers became the first side to win all three trophies in the same season in 1948-49. Young himself scored twice (from the penalty sport) in the 4-1 Scottish Cup Final victory over Clyde which wrapped up the Treble.

Young won further League titles in 1950, 1953, 1956 and 1957, also collecting Scottish Cup winners medals in 1950 and 1953, to take his senior medal haul to 12. The "lucky" Champagne cork he always carried with him - which earned him the nickname Corky - would appear to have worked! In total he played 428 times (scoring 31 goals) for the Rangers first team when he left in 1957.

Young also enjoyed a long and distinguished career for the Scottish national side. He was selected for a string of 34 consecutive matches between 1948 and 1953 and his total of 53 caps made him the first member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame. Remarkably, Young was selected as captain on 48 of those 53 appearances.

His international career was not without disappointment, however, as injury prevented him playing in the 1954 FIFA World Cup, while he was controversially not selected when Scotland qualified for the 1958 tournament.
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Re: George YOUNG | 1948 - 1953

Postby Scotty Africa » 2010 Jan 02, 07:31

Thank you so much mate.
This guy is one of my favourites.
forever and always - football

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