George Fleming Player Profile


  • Full Name: George Fleming
  • Born: September 22nd, 1948 (Edinburgh)
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Signed: January 21st, 1972 (£7,000)
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 340 appearances, 37 goals
  • Also Played For: Heart of Midlothian, St Johnstone


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1979-80 37 (3) 40 2 1 0 23 (2) 2 14 (1) 0
1978-79 35 (1) 36 4 5 1 33 3 2 (1) 1
1977-78 46 46 10 3 0 36 9 10 1
1976-77 36 (5) 41 2 2 0 28 (4) 1 8 (1) 1
1975-76 41 (2) 43 3 2 1 30 (2) 3 11 0
1974-75 31 (3) 34 5 2 0 25 5 6 (3) 0
1973-74 46 (6) 52 7 3 0 31 (2) 4 15 (4) 3
1972-73 36 36 3 2 0 31 3 5 0
1971-72 12 12 1 0 0 12 1 - -
Totals: 320 (20) 37 249 (10) 31 71 (10) 6

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Apr 26th, 1980 26/04/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 2
Mar 29th, 1980 29/03/80 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 0 - 0
Mar 19th, 1980 19/03/80 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Mar 15th, 1980 15/03/80 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 2
Mar 12th, 1980 12/03/80 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Oct 27th, 1979 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0
Mar 28th, 1979 28/03/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 1
Mar 17th, 1979 17/03/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 0
Dec 9th, 1978 09/12/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 3 - 0
Aug 30th, 1978 30/08/78 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Oct 27th, 1979 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0 (83')
Oct 27th, 1979 27/10/79 Premier Division vs. Kilmarnock (H) 4 - 0 (24')
Mar 28th, 1979 28/03/79 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 1 (89')
Mar 17th, 1979 17/03/79 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 0 (70')
Dec 9th, 1978 09/12/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 3 - 0 (21')
Aug 30th, 1978 30/08/78 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3 (42')
Apr 26th, 1978 26/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 3 - 1 (7')
Apr 8th, 1978 08/04/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0 (4')
Mar 15th, 1978 15/03/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 2 - 1 (53')
Feb 27th, 1978 27/02/78 4th Round vs. QOS (H) 3 - 0 (58')
Feb 25th, 1978 25/02/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 0 (7')
Feb 4th, 1978 04/02/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A) 1 - 0 (47')
Nov 19th, 1977 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 4 - 0 (21')
Oct 22nd, 1977 22/10/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2 (2')
Sep 24th, 1977 24/09/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 2 (1')
Sep 17th, 1977 17/09/77 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 3 - 0 (82')
Nov 27th, 1976 27/11/76 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 5 - 1 (89')
Aug 25th, 1976 25/08/76 Sectional Tie vs. Arbroath (H) 2 - 0 (1')
Apr 10th, 1976 10/04/76 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2 (63')
Apr 3rd, 1976 03/04/76 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 3 (44')
Mar 27th, 1976 27/03/76 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 0 (63')
Dec 21st, 1974 21/12/74 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 4 (77')
Nov 30th, 1974 30/11/74 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 4 (49')
Nov 27th, 1974 27/11/74 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0 (12')
Nov 27th, 1974 27/11/74 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0 (38')
Nov 2nd, 1974 02/11/74 Division One vs. Arbroath (A) 3 - 1 (29')
Mar 12th, 1974 12/03/74 5th Round Replay vs. Dunfermline (H) 4 - 0 (44')
Mar 12th, 1974 12/03/74 5th Round Replay vs. Dunfermline (H) 4 - 0 (33')
Dec 22nd, 1973 22/12/73 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 3 - 2 (75')
Dec 8th, 1973 08/12/73 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 3 (54')
Nov 7th, 1973 07/11/73 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Leicester City (H) 1 - 0 (63')
Oct 6th, 1973 06/10/73 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 4 - 0 (65')
Sep 1st, 1973 01/09/73 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 1 (63')
Apr 28th, 1973 28/04/73 Division One vs. Dumbarton (A) 1 - 4 (10')
Apr 21st, 1973 21/04/73 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 2 - 1 (28')
Jan 27th, 1973 27/01/73 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 2 (56')
Feb 19th, 1972 19/02/72 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 3 - 3 (76')

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 249 (10) 31 15 0
SC 19 3 4 0
LC 31 (9) 2 1 1
UEFA 7 (1) 0 0 1
CWC 3 0 0 0
TEX 7 1 0 0
DRY 2 0 0 0
ASC 2 0 0 0
Totals: 320 (20) 37

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


The Edinburgh born midfielder began his senior career for Hearts after signing from Salvesen Boys Club in December 1964 and two years later, aged 18, he made his first team debut against United at Tynecastle. He went on to play in a variety of positions, though principally in midfield, and although never a prolific scorer, gained a reputation for grabbing last gasp goals. He collected a runners up medal in the Texaco Cup in 1971, scoring in the second leg of the final against Wolves.

George, who signed on the same day as Pat Gardner from Dunfermline, came to United in January 1972 for a fee of around £7,000. Along with Frank Kopel and Archive Knox, they were part of a group of experienced players brought in by new Manager Jim McLean with the primary aim of improving the team, but it was also intended that they would assist the development of the young players coming through the new youth set up. He made his debut against Rangers in February 1972, becoming a regular in the line up for the rest of that campaign and for the next eight years.

He soon became known for wearing a pair of white boots, long before the days of the mid-1990s when coloured boots became the norm. They were Hummel produced boots made famous by Alan Ball, and George had actually bought them as training boots, but found them so comfortable he decided to wear them on the pitch - eventually being sponsored to wear them! George played an important part in the Scottish Cup run in 1974, with two goals against Dunfermlme Athletic in the quarter final replay. He was one of the players in the side that took part in United's first Scottish Cup final against Celtic that season.

During his time at United, George played in several European matches, as the club began to make a name for themselves across the continent. The midfielder faced opposition such as Porto, Standard Liege, and Anderlecht whilst younger players like Dave Narey, Paul Sturrock, Graeme Payne and Andy Gray began to emerge from Jim McLean’s youth policy. In his final season at Tannadice, he was a member of the squad that reached the League Cup final for the first time in 1979. After a 0-0 draw with Aberdeen at Hampden where George came on as a substitute, he was back in the starting eleven for the replay at Dens Park and collected the first and only winner's medal of his career as United ran out 3-0 winners and won their first major trophy.

After a successful career at United, George joined St Johnstone in July 1980 for a fee of around £10,000. Signed by his former United team-mate Alex Rennie, he also took up a coaching role at Muirton Park and helped the Perth side win the First Division championship in 1982-83, just as United won the Premier Division title. In December 1983, he became player/manager at Arbroath for just over a year, after which he left the game.

In 2013, George was inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the club.

Last updated on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 by B Orr.





Debut

February 12th, 1972
Rangers 1 - 0 Dundee United

League (Division One)


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