Experienced Irish striker George Cummins joined the Tigers in November 1962. His signing was an early indication of the added ambition Hull City chairman Harold Needler were showing in the transfer market as the 1960s progressed, because Cummins had been an Ireland international and a top flight player in his younger days. He played intermittently for the first team during the 1962/63 season, scoring his first goal for City in a 4-1 win away at Shrewsbury in early December 1962. He played four more games in October 1963 then three more times during the rest of the 1963/64 season, then fell out of the first team scene and eventually retired in 1965.
Hailing from Dublin, Cummins began his playing career as a youngster at St Patrick’s Athletic but moved to First Division side Everton in November 1950. In January 1951 Raich Carter’s Tigers XI defeated Everton in the FA Cup Third Round in front of a 36,000 gate at Boothferry Park, perhaps sowing a seed for Cummins that bore fruit nearly 12 years later. The Toffees were relegated in 1950/51 season before Cummins had made his league debut, and in the next two seasons George made 24 Second Division starts and a further 5 appearances in the FA Cup. Cummins left Everton and joined Luton Town during the 1953 close season. In eight seasons at Luton Cummins made over 200 first team starts, assisting the Kenilworth Road side as they were promoted into the First Division in 1955 and playing in the 1959 FA Cup Final when the Hatters were beaten 2-1 by Nottingham Forest. Five of George’s eight seasons at Luton were played in the First Division before relegation back to the Second Division in 1960. In 1961 Cummins left Luton and unexpectedly dropped down into the non-leagues, signing for Cambridge City, before returning to the senior leagues a year later with the Tigers.
Cummins earned 19 senior caps for Ireland during his time at Luton Town, scoring five international goals. He returned to the North West of England later in life and died at Southport in November 2009.
Date/Place of Birth: 12 March 1931, Dublin
Hull City First Game: 17 November 1962, Bristol City H (Division Three), 31 years, 250 days old
Hull City Final Game: 30 March 1964, Oldham Athletic A (Division Three), 33 years, 18 days old
St Patrick’s Athletic, Everton (1950-1953), Luton Town (1953-1961), Cambridge City (1961-1962), Hull City (1962-1965)
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Career: 25 apps, 2 goalsGeorge Cummins