George Hilsdon

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George Hilsdon
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Surname George Richard Hilsdon
birthday August 10, 1885
place of birth BromleyEngland
date of death September 10, 1941
Place of death LeicesterEngland
position Center Forward
Years station
Clapton Orient
Luton Town
Years station Games (goals) 1
1904-1906 West Ham United 16 0(7)
1906-1912 Chelsea FC 150 (99)
1912-1919 West Ham United 69 (24)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1907-1909 England 8 (14)
1 Only league games are given.

George Richard Hilsdon (born August 10, 1885 in Bromley , † September 10, 1941 in Leicester ) was an English football player .

life and career

Hilsdon got his nickname "Gatling Gun" because of his machine gun like goal rate. The Englishman began his career with his brother Jack at West Ham United . In 1906 he joined Chelsea for a weekly salary of four pounds . On his debut for the Blues, he scored five goals against Glossop North End . In the beginning Hilsdon was a very successful goal scorer, later in his career he had more and more problems with injuries and his alcoholism . The striker returned to West Ham United in 1912 and retired after three years. Internationally, he played eight times for the English national football team and achieved an exceptionally good rate with 14 goals. He made his debut against Ireland , where he immediately scored a hat trick . Hilsdon tried not to be drafted during the First World War . The police found the footballer hiding in a chicken yard. Hilsdon had to go to war for his homeland. After the war he worked as a construction worker, opened a pub and ran raffles in English pubs. Only five people attended his funeral. Today Hilsdon is remembered by a weathercock with his likeness on Stamford Bridge , the home stadium of Chelsea FC.