Attacking midfielder Boyd was signed by Steve Bruce to bolster his attacking options as his Tigers launched a successful campaign to gain promotion to the Premier League. Boyd was signed initially on loan, the deal being made permanent during the following summer. Boyd made an immediate positive impact, not only with his devilish good looks but also with goals and assists. His first goal for City came against Nottingham Forest, a team that rejected Boyd earlier in the season due to a problem with his eyesight. George’s goal celebration inevitably featured comedy spectacles hand gestures. As City ascended to the Premier League Boyd’s role was more as impact substitute, and while his hard working attitude was in full evidence his game changing tendencies were less prevalent. He played a support role in City’s journey to the FA Cup Final and came on as substitute in the Final, and played in the Tigers fourth and final match in European competition against Lokeren. A couple of weeks later Boyd was transferred to newly promoted Burnley.
Born in the Medway Towns, Boyd was a youngster at Charlton Athletic, switching to Stevenage Borough as a 16 year old. He took time to establish himself but by 2007 he was a stand-out player for the Conference side, showing form that attracted League side Peterborough United, who George joined in January 2007. He quickly found his feet in League football and was a near ever-present for six seasons, the only exception being a spell during 2010 spent on loan at Nottingham Forest, who did not exercise an option to sign Boyd permanently. His continued form as both goalscorer and creator eventually led to his switch to Hull City.
On leaving the Tigers, Boyd became an established part of Burnley’s hard working side, regularly covering the most ground of all players during the 90 minutes. He continued to be a near ever present in his three seasons at Turf Moor, so it was surprising when in the Summer of 2017 his contract at Burnley was allowed to expire and he made the switch to Championship Sheffield Wednesday, signing a two year deal. Those two years afforded George a mixture of starting and bench sitting opportunities, and in July 2019 he returned to Peterborough to relive the dream. After 25 appearances his contract was terminated in October 2020 due to the need to reduce the Posh wage bill and meet new financial regulations. A few weeks later he joined ambitious League Two side Salford City.
Boyd was capped at England C level, the pick of non-League players, during 2005. Thanks to a Scottish grandmother he was qualified to play for Scotland, for whom he made his senior debut in March 2013.
Date/Place of Birth: 2 October 1985, Chatham
Hull City First Game: 23 February 2013, Bolton Wanderers A (Championship), 27 years, 144 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 August 2014, Stoke City H (Premier League), 28 years, 326 days old
Stevenage Borough (2001-2007), Peterborough United (2007-2013), Nottingham Forest (2010, loan), Hull City (2013, loan), Hull City (2013-2014), Burnley (2014-2017), Sheffield Wednesday (2017-2019), Peterborough United (2019-2020), Salford City (2020-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 54 apps, 6 goalsGeorge Boyd
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