George Raynor | An English World Cup Hero
George Raynor is one of if not the most successful English international football manager ever.
- Born in Barnsley in 1907 he pulled up no trees as a footballer. However when he turned his hand to football management .. in Sweden he became
One of the most successful international football managers ever.
George Raynor was a journeyman English footballer. He played non-league football for a number of clubs in the South Yorkshire area before joining his first professional club, Sheffield United, in 1930. He only made one appearance for the Blades, a County Cup Semi Final appearance against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough during the 1931/32 season. He played for another four clubs, Mansfield, Bury, Rotherham United & Aldershot before trying his hand at management … in Sweden .. and what a fine job he did.
George is feted as a football hero in Sweden where as National Coach he guided Sweden to numerous footballing successes between 1948 & 1958. He won ‘em the 1948 Olympic Gold Medal at Wembley, finished 3rd in the 1950 World Cup. Got another 3rd place & a bronze medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics & then in 1958 got the Swedish national team, as hosts, to the World Cup Final which they lost to Brazil. He was knighted by the King of Sweden for this & then in 1959 orchestrated a 3-2 win over England at Wembley, only the 3rd English defeat on home soil. He then went onto to manage Juventus & Lazio in Italy.
Unfortunately his wonderful career ended in ignomy & he never got the recognition or respect he deserved in his home country.