Forward George Rushton had already had a varied career when he joined Hull City in 1904, the club’s inaugural season that featured many friendlies and two FA Cup matches. In 41 friendlies Rushton bagged 29 goals but failed to score in either FA Cup tie against Stockton. In the 1905/06 season Rushton was a regular choice up front until early February 1906 and he didn’t return to the first team until December 1906. He drifted out of the first team in March 1907 and played only one more game, against his former club Burslem Port Vale, during the reminder of the season.
Rushton was born in Stoke-on-Trent and played junior football for Leek Broughs while working in the pottery industry. He joined Burslem Port Vale in 1901 and spent a season with the Valiants. At the start of 1902/03 season he joined Barrow, but returned to Burslem Port Vale in January 1903. He signed for Brighton in July 1903 and played 21 times for the Seagulls before signing for Hull City in the 1904 close season.
In the 1907 close season Rushton joined Swindon Town where he spent two seasons, scoring 13 goals in 58 matches. Early in 1909/10 season Rushton signed for Brentford but after only 16 appearances he returned to Swindon Town in March 1910. He remained at Swindon for another two years, making only 7 more starts. In July 1912 he returned to the East Riding – Rushton still had his main home in Hull – and joined Goole Town.
By 1921 Rushton was living in Hull off Bean Street, to the south of where Hull Royal Infirmary is now located, working on the docks. He remained living in that home until his death in March 1964, when he was buried in Northern Cemetery on Chanterlands Avenue.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 October 1880, Stoke-on-Trent
Hull City First Game: 17 September 1904, Stockton A (FA Cup Preliminary Round), 23 years, 346 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 April 1907, Burslem Port Vale H (Division Two), 26 years, 176 days old
Leek Broughs, Burslem Port Vale (1901-1902), Barrow (1902-03), Burslem Port Vale (1903), Brighton & Hove Albion (1903-1904), Hull City (1904-1907), Swindon Town (1907-1909), Brentford (1909-1910), Swindon Town (1910-1912), Goole Town
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Career: 38 apps, 15 goalsGeorge Rushton