Yes today on Gunnersnews
we will talk about a very special Arsenal person that you don’t really know
anything about. Trust me you don’t know anything about him.
He has nothing written about him, not even in Wiki or on
Arsenal’s official web site.
His story is a story of mammoth interest. The only report we
have about him was from Sally Davis.
The person we are talking about, is a person that is worthily
to mentioned, yes his name is George Hardy.
Below are George Hardy brief history, and what you need to
George Hardy Help to George Jobey
On September 6, 1913,
When Arsenal George Jobey a new centre forward was on a match, he scored and
then he got injured on his ankle. He was
carried away from the pitch by George Hardy.
There were no dressing-rooms as at that time, Jobey was taken to his
home for treatment. George Hardy has to borrowed
wheelbarrow to take him there.
George Hardy and Robert Benson
Robert Benson joined from Sheffield United in 1913. He was suspended in 1915 and became a
munitions worker. He always put in
occasional turns in league games and friendly matches.
One day, against Reading he was suddenly asked to play,
although he even had not being training.
He left the pitch before the end feeling unwell, collapsed and died in
the arms of the Arsenal trainer, George Hardy.
George Hardy In 1927/28 FA Cup 4th round replay against Port
On 2nd February 1927, Arsenal was playing an FA Cup 4th
round replay against Port Vale. Arsenals were playing better with lot of position,
but we couldn’t score a goal as at then. George Hardy’s notice something, he
wanted to correct it, to make the attack more effective. So he silently went in
the touchline, and cupping his hands, yelled out that one of the forwards was
to play a little farther upfield.” The Coach Chapman was not happy about Hardy
actions and sent Him to the dressing-room.
(Arsenal later won
the game 1-0 and went on to the Cup Final for the first time that season).
Immediately after the Hardy was sacked and Whittaker
promoted to the trainer in his place.
Chapman demoted Hardy as he had wanted to do all along and
appointed Whittaker to succeed him.
Gorge Hardy left in 1927 to work at Tottenham, before moving
on to coach Tottenham’s nursery side Northfleet United. He died January
1947 preparing for a Tottenham match v West Bromwich Albion.