Born in Ashington on the 24th June 1910, George Milburn was a member of a family dynasty which would take the footballing world by storm in the first half of the 1900s.
Between George, Jim and Jack, the three Milburn brothers would make just shy of 800 appearances for Leeds United between them, whilst a fourth brother, Stan, made his name playing for Chesterfield, Leicester and Rochdale.
The family football gene also extended beyond the four Milburn brothers, with George’s cousin, Jackie, becoming a legend for Newcastle United; whilst his nephews, Bobby and Jack Charlton, became World Cup winners with England.
Having featured for Newcastle’s third team as an amateur, George went on trial and joined Leeds United from Ashington Colliery Welfare in 1928, where he had played as a centre half.
Following down the same path as his brothers, shortly after joining the club, George was converted to a full back. before making his debut in the 1929/30 season finale, a 0-0 draw against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
The 1930/31 season would be a breakthrough one for George, as his brother Jack (a right footer) moved over to the left-back position in order to accommodate him. However, it wouldn’t be an enjoyable one for the club as a whole, as they couldn’t prevent their fall into Division Two.
Continuing his emergence the following season, George made 12 appearances as the Whites made an instant return to the top flight, finishing second with 54 points, two points behind winners Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Continuing their formidable partnership on either side of the defence, George and Jack Milburn were both ever-present (appearing in every league and cup game) during the 1932/33 season, with George making 42 appearances in total, as Leeds finished 8th in their first season back in Division One.
George would continue to hold his place at right-back for the next two seasons, when the club would record finishes of 9th and 18th, before the emergence of young Bert Sproston saw Milburn drop down to the Reserves.
Despite being at the peak age for a defender, George took his demotion to the Reserves with decorum, and in 1936-37 he captained the side to their first (and only until 1997) Central League Championship.
In May 1937, having made 161 appearances for Leeds United, George moved to Division Two side Chesterfield for £1,500, where he would eventually be joined by his brother Stan.
During World War Two George would return to Leeds United as a wartime guest, together with Ken Gadsby, when he played three consecutive games in the 1943/44 Football League Northern Section.
With his occupation at the local Tube Works preventing a call-up to the armed forces, George was able to dedicate more time to Chesterfield until the end of the war, and used the period to become a Spireite legend.
He retired from football in 1948, and became Chesterfield’s Assistant Manager, a position he held until he retired in 1961. George sadly passed away in Chesterfield on 24th June 1980, his seventieth birthday.