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David Shaw (footballer)

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Full nameGeorge David Shaw
Place of birthHuddersfield, England
Playing positionStriker

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George David Shaw (born 11 October 1948 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire) was a former professional footballer, who played for Huddersfield Town, Oldham Athletic and West Bromwich Albion.

He was the grandson of David Steele, triple championship winner and later manager of Huddersfield Town, so it was hardly surprising that David Shaw should begin his career with his home town club.

However, after just 24 games and 3 goals, in September 1969 he was part of an exchange deal in which Les Chapman moved to Leeds Road from Oldham Athletic and Shaw moved across the Pennines to join the Lancashire club. His speed off the mark and eye for a goal soon made him a favourite with the Boundary Park faithful, and his partnership with Jim Fryatt in the 1970-71 season, when he scored 23 goals and Fryatt scored 24, made a major contribution to the Oldham club's promotion from Division 4.

His continued success over the next two seasons led to what was then a big-money transfer in March 1973, when he moved to West Bromwich Albion for a fee of £80,000. Playing at a higher level, he was not to achieve quite the same success as he had in the lower divisions, scoring 17 league goals in 65 starts for the Midlands club. He was already starting to suffer from niggling injuries towards the end of his time there, and in October 1975 he moved back to Oldham on a free transfer.

He maintained a more than reasonable strike rate on his return to the club, netting 21 goals in his 59 appearances over the next three years, but he was troubled by a knee injury for much of this time and was forced to retire in 1978.

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