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George "Geordie" Armstrong (August 9, 1944 – November 1, 2000) was an English football player and coach, primarily associated with Arsenal football club.

Born in Hebburn, County Durham, Armstrong joined Arsenal as a youth player in August 1961, and swiftly made his debut while still only 17, against Blackpool on February 24, 1962. By the 1963-64 season, Armstrong had become a regular in the side.

A winger who played primarily on the left, but also effective on the right, he was noted for the quality and accuracy of his crossing and corner kicks. As he matured, Arsenal's long trophy drought ended; after losing two successive League Cup finals in 1968 and 1969, Armstrong helped the Gunners win the 1970 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1971 League and FA Cup double; Armstrong was an ever-present in the double-winning team that season. He was voted Arsenal's Player of the Year in 1970.

Armstrong remained with the club through the trophyless mid-70s, before falling out with new manager Terry Neill, which precipitated a move to Leicester City in the summer of 1977. He finished out his career with Stockport County.

Having spent 15 full seasons at Arsenal, most of them as an ever-present, Armstrong at the time held the club's all-time record for appearances - 621 competitive first-team appearances, including exactly 500 in the league; his record has since been overtaken by David O'Leary and Tony Adams. Surprisingly for such a high-standing player, he was never capped for the full England side, despite plenty of youth and U21 caps, primarily because of England manager Sir Alf Ramsey's policy of not using wingers.

After retiring from playing, Armstrong moved into coaching, and worked for a variety of clubs, including Fulham, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and QPR, before moving back to Arsenal as reserve team coach in 1990, a post he remained at for the remainder of his life, despite the many managerial upheavals the club underwent. On October 31, 2000, George Armstrong collapsed after an unexpected brain haemorrhage whilst at a club training session; he died in hospital in the early hours of the following morning.

 

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