George Swindin

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George Swindin (born December 4, 1914 in Campsall , Yorkshire , † October 27, 2005 in Kettering ) was an English football player and football coach .

The goalkeeper George Swindin in 1934 at Bradford City football professional. In 1936 he moved to Arsenal for £ 4,000 . In his first two years he had to take turns with two other keepers and his game was still characterized by nervousness. Nevertheless, he became champions with Arsenal in 1938.

In World War II Swindin worked as an instructor. After the war, he was the undisputed goalkeeper of the "Gunners" for six years. In 1948 he was able to celebrate his second championship. In 1950 there was an FA Cup victory against Liverpool FC . In 1952 he lost in the final against Newcastle United . In the 1952/53 season Swindin lost his regular place, but was able to contribute with 14 inserts that Arsenal again - for Swindin for the third time - champions.

Despite many years of constant performance, Swindin was never called up to the national team.

In 1954 Swindin moved to Peterborough United and was there player-coach . The appearance in the FA Cup in the 1956/57 season, which brought Peterborough to the fourth round, became legendary. Between 1956 and 1958 Swindin won three Midland League titles in a row with Peterborough . With these results, the foundation was laid for Peterborough to switch to the professional camp in 1960.

From 1958 Swindin coached his long-time club Arsenal and was third in the first year with the club. He remained a coach until 1962, but could no longer get beyond mediocrity. After a short detour to Norwich City , he coached Cardiff City until 1962 , which was finally relegated under his direction.

After that, Swindin left the soccer business. In his final years he suffered from Alzheimer's disease .


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