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George Male was born in West Ham on 8th May 1910.

He played as an amateur for Clapton before joining Arsenal in November 1929. He made his gunners debut as left half against Blackpool on 27th December 1930 in a 7-1 win. He became a first team regular the next season at right back.

Male won his first international cap for England against Italy on 14th November 1934, England won 3-2 and Male played along side the likes off Cliff Bastin and Stanley Matthews in that match. The following season George won an FA Cup winners medal. The 1937/38 season saw Male win his 4th League Championship Medal.

George won his 19th and last England cap against Romania on 24th May 1939 in a 2-0 win.

During the Second World War George Male served in the Royal Air Force in Palestine. Amazingly, he managed to play in 180 friendly matches between 1939 and 1945.

After the end of the war George returned to Arsenal until his retirement in 1948. He remained at the club and over the next 27 years he worked as a coach, trainer and scout.

George Male died, in Canada, on 19th February 1998, aged 88 years.