Player #13

Appearances:

5

Starts:

5

Goals:

0

Seasons:

2

George Copley
George Copley

Source: Football card Aston Villa issued by Kane Products under the Football Clubs & Colours series, 1956.

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George Copley
George Copley

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George Copley

Position

Goalkeeper

From

1880-81

To

1881-82

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George Copley

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

19
20

Division

FAC
FAC

Appearances

5
4
1

Starts

5
4
1

Substitute

0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0

Goals

0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

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George Henry Copley

Birth Date

February 1861

Birth Place

Birmingham, West Midlands

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Birmingham St. George's

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Saltley College |
Birmingham St. Georges |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

1881

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

George Copley
George Copley

Source: Football card Aston Villa issued by Kane Products under the Football Clubs & Colours series, 1956.

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George Copley
George Copley

Source: Football card Aston Villa issued by Kane Products under the Football Clubs & Colours series, 1956.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1880-81 Free, 5 | 0 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 30 October 1880

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 30 October 1880

Wednesbury Strollers (h), FA Cup

DEBUT

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Saturday, 5 November 1881

Nottingham Forest (h), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 5 November 1881

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

1930, Aged 69

George Copley

Player #13 for Aston Villa, George Henry Copley played as a goalkeeper for the club. Making his debut in the 1880-81 FA Cup campaign, he was to remain active with Villa for two seasons.

George had previously played in Villa’s first ever game in February 1875 vs. Aston Park and was a Founder Member and Honorary Secretary of Villa from foundation in May 1874.

George was the second custodian of the Villa goal in FA Cup football.

George was born in Birmingham, just 3 miles from the current Villa ground, in February 1861 and made his debut as a 19 year old. Villa had signed him from Birmingham St George’s and was to appear on five occasions across the 1880-81 and 1881-82 seasons.

George’s final game came on 5th November 1881 before his retirement aged just 20. George emigrated to Ceylon, Sri Lanka shortly after.

George played in the era when team selection was made by a Management Committee rather than the latter day more typical Manager role.

George passed away in Birmingham in 1939 aged 69.