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George Camsell

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Full nameGeorge Henry Camsell
Date of birth27 November 1902
Place of birthDurham, England
Date of death7 March 1966(age 63)
Playing positionStriker

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George Henry Camsell (27 November 1902 - 7 March 1966) was an English football player, most notably for Middlesbrough.

Born in Framwellgate Moor, Durham City in 1902, Camsell played for Durham City before signing for Middlesbrough on 6 October 1925 for the sum of £500. His debut was against Nottingham Forest on 31 October 1925. Between 1925 and 1939, Camsell scored 345 goals in 453 games for Middlesbrough, including 325 league goals, (the fifth-highest English total of all-time).

The Middlesbrough club record of 59 league goals in 37 games and 63 goals in all competitions in one season is held by him. He accomplished this feat in the 1926-27 season. This remains the second-highest number of league goals scored and the equal highest number in all competitions in one English league season, behind Dixie Dean's 60 league and 100 total a year later. His goals included 24 hat-tricks for the club.

He played his last League game for Middlesbrough against Leicester City at Ayresome Park on 10 April 1939, in a 3-2 victory. Camsell scored the opening goal. After the Second World War Camsell joined Middlesbrough's coaching staff.

Camsell also won 9 caps for England, scoring 18 goals. This is the highest goals-to-games ratio of anyone who has played more than a single international. His goals included a hat-trick in a 6-0 win against Wales on 20 November 1929 in the 1930 British Home Championship and four goals in a match against Belgium on 11 May 1929. He scored in every match he played for England; his nine consecutive scoring appearances are second only to Steve Bloomer.

Camsell is related to Middlesbrough football coach, and ex-player, Steve Agnew.

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