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George Petchey

16 January 2020

Millwall Football Club is saddened to hear of the passing of former manager George Petchey.

Petchey was in charge at The 'old' Den from January 1978 to November 1980.

George's appointment as the Millwall manager wasn't met with universal approval by many of the fans, having replaced the popular Gordon Jago. George's remit was to keep The Lions in Division Two, in which he ultimately succeeded with the team winning the last six games to clinch safety.

He had to suffer to the recuperations from the FA Cup tie against Ipswich Town, which he did with much fortitude. George was born in the East End at Whitechapel in 1931 and began his with West Ham United as a half-back, before a move over to the other side of London to assist QPR in July 1953, where he appeared in 255 League games.

After seven years at Loftus Road he was transferred to Crystal Palace in the summer of 1960. At Selhurst Park he would chalk up another impressive figure of League appearances in 143 matches, before he became youth team coach and then assistant manager at The Eagles before taking his first managerial job with Leyton Orient 1971. George had some exceptional moments at Brisbane Road before the axe fell in August 1977 following a heavy home defeat.

Whilst in charge of The Lions, George had the satisfaction of overseeing Millwall winning the FA Youth Cup, and also brought fans' favourites Johnny Lyons and Tony Towner to the club.

Words by Dave Sullivan

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