A Mr Paul Harvey had given small mention to the sporting prowess of George Reeves before linked website unfortunately soon disappeared. He left note of genealogical interests following mothers side of the family. Hopefully, Paul or other descendants could add related knowledge beyond his great great grandfather.
Birth certificate identified no father, while it fully named William George Reeves, born 1884 in Market Street, Sutton to Sarah Reeves. He was apparently raised in Huthwaite by an Adlington family upon Station Road, and shows preference thereafter being called George, Further certified by marriage to Emma Smith from Swan Yard is adopted name for George William Adlington Reeves, who'd typically started work as a miner.
Becoming better known under shortened name, George Reeves is among the talented few who managed to leave the mine as a professional footballer. A respectable career spanning only two seasons with Aston Villa between Novembers 1907 - 1909, leaves further record of Hucknall Huthwaite origins giving birth date July 1884, plus known death in September 1954 after last residing somewhere among Yorkshire.
Previous local clubs are offered as Sutton-in-Ashfield FC, Ripley Athletic, Sutton Town, and Blackwell. First professional league status signing was with Barnsley Football Club. Transfer to Aston Villa recognises one of the earliest known four figure deals, reflecting a £1,200 fee listed by Notts Evening Post on 5th May 1914. Reeves played forward position, and although only short term playing with Aston Villa in League Division One, he faced some well known opposition and scored eleven goals. A heavy defeat at Anfield 5-0 by Liverpool on 7th December 1907 in front of 18,000, offers a flip side to the Villa Park home ground 3-1 win, dated 17th October 1908, when 40,000 witnessed George claiming two goals against Manchester United.
Following 2-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest knocking Villa out the 1909 FA Cup 1st Round, George Reeves made his final debut for the team against Leicester Fosse on 27th March 1909. Accepting transfer to start the next season at the Division Two side, Bradford Park Avenue would seem a bit of a demotion. Dates and statistics are not readily found to likewise further assert a final career move lastly playing for Blackpool FC.
Written 12 Nov 13 Revised 17 Nov 13 © by Gary Elliott