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George Farrow

George Farrow
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Full nameGeorge Henry Farrow
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George Henry Farrow (4 October 1913 - 1980) was an English professional footballer. He played for six clubs in a seventeen-year professional career.

In the years before, during and after World War II, Blackpool were one of the most powerful teams in England, and the trio of George Farrow, Eric Hayward and Harry Johnston became legendary. Farrow's main assets were accurate long-range passes, strong tackling, and a fierce strike of the ball. He was also one of the earliest exponents of the long throw-in.

Born in Whitburn, South Tyneside, Farrow moved north from Bournemouth in 1936, for a ₤1,250 fee, and made his debut for the Seasiders in September of that year, in a home win over West Ham United. He went on to make a further 32 league appearances in the 1936 37 campaign, scoring five goals. Initially an inside-left, he soon moved to wing-half, where his tackling was of more use. At the end of the season, Blackpool won promotion to Division One for only the second time in their existence. A nine-game win streak between 21 November and 1 January assisted the achievement.

In 1937 38, Farrow made thirty league appearances and scored another five goals, and the following season appeared in all but four of the club's league games. His only goal of the season was a penalty, Blackpool's second goal in a 2 1 victory at Sunderland on 17 September.

Wartime football intervened between August 1939 and May 1945, and when League football resumed in 1945 46, Farrow continued where he had left off, making 28 league appearances and scoring six goals.

Farrow missed the first eleven games of the 1946 47 campaign, but he went on to appear in 28 of the remaining 31. His one goal came in his first appearance of the season, a 3 1 victory over Manchester United at Bloomfield Road on 19 October.

1947 48 proved to be Farrow's final season at the seaside. He made sixteen league appearances, scoring three goals, before being transferred to Sheffield United in the new year of 1948. He missed out on Blackpool's FA Cup run, which saw them reach that year's final, only to lose out to Manchester United at Wembley. His final appearance for Blackpool occurred on 3 January, a 5 0 home victory over Everton.

He finished his career with Bacup Borough and Whitburn St. Mary's.

Farrow died in 1980, and was survived by his wife and two children - a daughter, Julie, and a son, Tony.

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