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George Switzer

Personal information
Full nameGeorge Switzer
Date of birth13 October 1973(age 43)
Place of birthSalford, England
Playing positionLeft back
Club information
Current clubIrlam

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George Switzer (born 13 October 1973 in Salford, Greater Manchester) is an English footballer, currently playing as a left back for Irlam in the Manchester Football League.

Switzer began his career as a youth player at Manchester United, having joined the club in 1982 when he was only eight years old. Switzer was part of the United youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 1992, playing with future United stars such as Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham and Paul Scholes. Following on from this success, Switzer was offered a professional contract with the Red Devils, but was released a year later because Alex Ferguson, the club manager, considered him too small to play at left back.

Switzer then signed for Darlington on a free transfer in July 1993. However, Switzer only played for the Quakers for one season, failing to hold down a regular place, before being given another free transfer in the summer of 1994. He then signed for Hyde United in the Northern Premier League, and played for them for six years from 1994 to 2000, making over 200 appearances for the East Manchester team. Since then, Switzer has played for Salford City, but left his home-town club in 2006 to sign for Irlam.

Outside of football, Switzer has had a number of careers, including working as an optical technician for Dolland & Aitchison at their factory in Salford, and driving a van for a Manchester courier firm.

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