Undisputedly one of the best footballers to have pulled on a Redcar shirt, George Elliott began his successful career with Redcar Crusaders. The Sunderland-born forward then moved to South Bank, where he played alongside Redcar Crusaders committee member and future Redcar Cricket Club captain RS Moon.
He did enough to attract the attention of Middlesbrough, and signed a professional contract with them in 1909. It was against his family’s wishes, who did not want him to pursue a career in football. It was to prove the correct decision for Elliott, though. He scored 203 league goals in 344 appearances, putting him only behind George Camsell in Boro’s all-time goalscoring list.
“Geordie” also had the honour of representing his country, earning three caps for England between 1913 and 1920 despite the disruption of World War I. He played for the Three Lions alongside Boro compatriot Tim Williamson, who also began his career at Redcar Crusaders.