Liam Brendan George (born 2 February 1979 in Luton, England) is a footballer, who represented the Republic of Ireland in the Under 18 European Youth Championship, and who is currently playing for Hitchin Town on a part-time basis, having signed for them in December 2008.
Liams family originates from Saint Lucia (father, Victor) and Church Street, Dublin (mother, Anne). He grew up on Lutons Marsh Farm housing estate and attended Cardinal Newman Catholic High School.
Liam started his career in football progressing through the youth ranks at Luton Town, and represented his country, the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels. His career took him from an Under 18 European Youth Championship with Ireland to the USL in America within eight years.
Having broken into the Irish youth teams with the likes of Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Stephen McPhail, George progressed through the Irish youth teams and the Luton Town reserve team. In July 1998 he represented the Republic of Ireland in the UEFA Under 18 Youth Championships, reaching the final against Germany. The game went to penalties and, with the score at 33, George slotted home the winner to make it 43.
Georges debut came in the 199798 season with a 30 defeat to Bristol City,however playing time was limited throughout the seasons duration. The following season showed more promise and George started as a first team regular, although a broken leg prevented George playing past the summer months. The 19992000 season was a greater success for George, bagging 16 goals. Luton were relegated the following year with George managing seven league goals, two cup goals. Luton were in the Third Division (now Football League Two) for the first time in over 30 years and George stayed at the club on a weekly contract basis. However Luton manager Joe Kinnear purchased a number of players and George struggled to hold down a starting position.
Unsuccessful trials at Leyton Orient, Sheffield United and Gillingham led George to Stevenage Borough. However after three months at the Conference club with his ex-Luton assistant manager, Wayne Turner, George moved onto Bury on a three-month contract at the start of the following season 200203. Before the end of the 200203 season George had turned out for Boston United and St. Patricks Athletic. York City signed George after a successful trial ready for the 200304 season, however another injury meant George spent more time on the treatment table and York were relegated that year. York manager, Chris Brass did not offer him a new contract and therefore another move was on the cards, this time to Grays Athleic.Before signing for USL First Division side the Atlanta Silverbacks in March 2006, George kitted out for Dunstable Town and AFC Wimbledon.
A far cry from the international success at under-18 level, Liam found himself thousands of miles from home playing in the USL, the second division of US soccer, compared to the Major Soccer League. George scored three goals in 22 games for the Silverbacks before returning to England with Chesham United in November 2006. Signing non-contract terms to be able to play competitive football. January 2007 seen him move to Eastleigh again on non-contract terms. This was followed by spells with Hyde United and FC United of Manchester, whom he left in October 2007. George went on to sign for Barton Rovers before he signed for Darran Hays Hitchin Town in December 2008.
In August 1998 George suffered a fracture dislocation of his left ankle against a challenge from Wigan Athletic defender Scott Green. A failed medical in November 2001 saw a move to Colchester United fall through of which he was never given a reason behind the failure. During 20032004 season Liams season was cut short through shin splints of his right calf. He was again injured in the 20042005 season with patella tendinitis which seen him sit on the sidelines for 18 months.
He studied at the University of Salford for a degree in Physiotherapy which he completed in the summer of 2011.
UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship:
Republic of Ireland - 1998