George Paterson (footballer, born 1914)

George Denholm Paterson (26 September 1914 – 25 December 1985) was a Scottish international footballer.

George Paterson
Personal information
Full name George Denholm Paterson[1]
Date of birth (1914-09-26)26 September 1914
Place of birth Denny, Scotland
Date of death 25 December 1985(1985-12-25) (aged 71)[2]
Place of death New Zealand
Position(s) Left half
Youth career
Denny YMCA
Carrowbank Juveniles
0000–1932 Dunipace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1932–1946 Celtic 175 (11)
1946–1949 Brentford 62 (0)
1949–1951 Yeovil and Petters United ? (?)
National team
1935–1938 Scottish League XI[3] 2 (0)
1938–1946 Scotland 2 (0)
1945–1946 Scotland (wartime) 2 (0)
Teams managed
1949–1951 Yeovil and Petters United
1951–1952 Stirling Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Paterson started his senior career at Celtic,[4] where he won two Scottish league championships and the Scottish Cup once.[5] He then served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, while playing as a guest for Leicester City, Blackpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers and Arsenal. Paterson's career with Celtic came to an end after he incurred a three-month suspension for vociferously arguing with the referee (whom he felt was under the influence of alcohol) during Celtic's 1946 Victory Cup semi-final against rivals Rangers.[6]

Paterson moved to England to sign for Brentford,[6] then became player-manager of Yeovil and Petters United.[4] He then managed Stirling Albion for a season before working variously for Celtic as a reserve team trainer and a scout.[4]

Personal life

Paterson graduated from Glasgow University with an MA degree.[6] At the time he signed for Brentford, Paterson was working as a technician at the London Film Company.[6] Paterson later emigrated to New Zealand and died there in December 1985.[1]


  1. "George Paterson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  3. "George Paterson – Scotland Football League Record from 23 Oct 1935 to 02 Nov 1938 clubs – Celtic". Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  4. "Paterson George Image 1 Glasgow Celtic 1937". Vintage Footballers. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  5. "Celtic Player George Paterson Details". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. Brentford Football Club Official Matchday Magazine versus Sunderland 28/01/06. 2006. p. 55.