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Frederick Charles "Charlie" George (born October 10, 1950) is an English former footballer.

Born in Islington, London, George supported Arsenal as a boy, and joined his favourite club in May 1966. He made his debut for the Gunners in August 1969, and quickly became a regular in the side, playing in both legs of Arsenal's 1970 Fairs Cup final win over RSC Anderlecht.

Despite breaking his ankle at the start of the following season, George quickly recovered, and played a significant part in Arsenal's run-in to the 1971 Division One title. However, his greatest moment for the club came in the FA Cup final against Liverpool that year; Charlie George scored a spectacular 20-yard winner in extra time to make the score 2-1, famously celebrating by lying flat on his back with arms aloft. With that Cup win Arsenal completed their first "Double".

George played four more seasons at Highbury, but his career was hampered with injuries and loss of form, and he gradually fell out with the club and the manager, Bertie Mee. In 1975 he moved to Derby County, where he memorably scored a hat-trick against Real Madrid in a European Cup match. He would later play for Southampton, Nottingham Forest, before trying his luck in Australia, the United States and Hong Kong.

In all he played 179 matches for Arsenal, scoring 49 goals. He won a solitary cap for England, playing for 60 minutes against the Republic of Ireland in 1976.

After retiring he worked as a mechanic for some years; he is now a tour guide at Arsenal's club museum.

 

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