Forward George Thomas Patterson was born in the Castletown district of Sunderland and played football for both his local colliery team and Silksworth Juniors as a teenager, while also excelling at cricket. His slight frame belied his ability to score numerous goals and as local First Division side Sunderland prevaricated Hull City swooped in October 1952 and signed the 18 year old on a professional contract. His opportunities for first team football were hampered by his tender years, his requirement to perform National Service (which George completed in November 1954) and the quality of strikers at City’s disposal. It wasn’t until the last two games of 1954/55 season that George got his chance in the first team, starting twice at outside right. In the early weeks of 1955/56 season he managed five further starts, three at centre forward (one of which yielded his only City goal in a September 1955 1-2 defeat against Bristol Rovers), one on the right wing and a fifth at inside left. However the triple signing in October and November 1955 of forwards Bill Bradbury, Doug Clarke and veteran ex-England striker Stan Mortensen shut down any further hope of first team action for Patterson and he left the club in the 1956 close season.
Patterson, by now repurposed as a half back, joined King’s Lynn in July 1956 but within four months he headed back to the North East to play for South Shields. At the start of 1957/58 season George returned to League football with York City. He spent three years at Bootham Crescent and made 60 appearances, contributing to York’s promotion in the inaugural season of the newly unregionalised Fourth Division. He left York at the end of the following season, which ended in rapid relegation back to the Fourth Division, and joined Hartlepool United. He played 19 times for Pools before joining Gateshead in January 1962, then ended his career at Goole Town in 1965.
While at York, Patterson was identified as a talented cartoonist and regularly had his artwork published in the local newspaper. Patterson remained living in York in the later stages of his playing career and even trained with the Minstermen during the week when playing at weekends for Gateshead.
Date/Place of Birth: 15 September 1934, Sunderland
Hull City First Game: 25 April 1955, Birmingham City H (Division Two), 20 years, 222 days old
Hull City Final Game: 5 November 1955, Bristol City A (Division Two), 21 years, 51 days old
Hylton Colliery (1951-1952), Silksworth Juniors (1952), Hull City (1952-1956), King’s Lynn (1956), South Shields (1956-1957), York City (1957-1960), Hartlepool United (1960-1962), Gateshead (1962-1964), Goole Town (1964-1965)
Hull City Record
Career: 7 apps, 1 goalsGeorge Patterson