More senior football fans will never need reminding that arguably the most famous FA Cup giant killing of all time occurred at Edgar Street when then Southern League Hereford United eliminated Newcastle United in the 3rd round by 2 goals to 1 in 1972. Ronnie Radford’s wonder goal from about a mile out won prize after prize and accolade after accolade but so many people forget that the winning goal in that game was scored by Ricky George. Ricky of course had made his mark with Barnet Football Club playing in that superb team of the late 1960’s.
|Ricky joins BFC|
Ricky's debut was in an Eastern Floodlight League game at Kings Lynn but his first team debut was on 10th September 1968 away at Rugby Town. The following team lost 2-1:
John Barr- Jimmy Lye, Roger Thomspon, Peter Jenkins, Ben Embery - Gerry Ward, Barrie King - Colin Powell, Les Eason, Billy Meadows and Ricky George.
“Dexter was a very canny gentleman and he knew exactly how we all ticked and would ring up on a Friday night about 9 and say, ‘Now this fellow tomorrow at right back, he's slow, beat him on the outside, with your pace, knock it past him get to the by-line and get the cross in’. When he hung up I would look towards Pat my wife and say ‘I feel great’ but she would say ‘Don’t you realise he is just making sure you are staying in tonight!’”
|Ricky George 1968|
One story from fellow EBOG Derek Finch goes "After a game on Hackney Marshes somewhere Ricky pulled a hair dryer out of his bag and asked where the plus socket was? The players went into hysterics!"
Ricky and TV legend John Motson are very close friends and the Motty on Tour evenings features Ricky as Motty's straight man. Ricky gets his limelight spot too!. Their show a couple of years back at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar was superb and all the stars of the shows and members of the audience (many ex players from many clubs) walked over to the Bar in the Old Manor - now that was special to be invited to join the inner circle.
|Ricky, Reckless and Pat at my 50th 2010|
Ricky George 263 Appearances 62 Goals