We regret to announce the passing of our former player George Robb who died on Christmas Day, aged 85.
George was one of the last of the 'gentleman footballer's' who combined his football with a career in teaching.
He started out with Finchley as an inside right and was switched to outside left whilst serving with the Royal Navy.
George first signed amateur forms for us during August, 1944 and re-signed seven years later. He made a goalscoring Football League debut on Christmas Day, 1951 in our 3-0 win at Charlton Athletic and signed part-time professional forms for us 18 months later.
George went on to score 53 goals in 182 First Division appearances in our colours until October, 1958, plus five in 18 FA Cup games. An injury sustained in the London 5-a-side tournament ended his playing career.
He gained a single Full England cap versus Hungary during 1953 having previously played 18 matches for the England Amateur XI. George also played in three England ‘B’ games and gained representative honours for the Football League XI, Great Britain Olympic XI, London FA, Middlesex FA and the Athenian League XI.
George combined his football with a teaching career which spanned nearly 40 years. He was sports master at Christ’s College, Finchley from 1952 until 1964 and then spent 22 years at Ardingly public school, Sussex until retiring during 1986.
George, who suffered from Vascular Dementia in recent years, had lived at Ardingly, near Haywards Heath, for 47 years. He is survived by Kate, his wife of 51 years.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time