Former Yeovil Town midfielder George Muir has died today, aged 71, following a short illness. George played for the club almost throughout the entire 1960s, clocking up over 300 appearances along the way.
George was one of a string of Scottish players to descent upon Yeovil, arriving from Hibernian. Whilst many of those who arrived from north of the border did so via friendships with other existing players, George's was more through the hand of fate. He was doing his National Service during the 1960-61 season and had been placed at Houndstone Camp, and so his decision to join the club was a matter of simple convenience.
He scored his debut goal on December 2nd 1961 against Tonbridge AFC but after briefly returning to Hibernian, he only really became a regular for the Glovers on his return for the start the 1963-64 season - a year that saw the Glovers win the Southern League title.
He reached his peak in the 1965-66 by scoring 23 goals in a single season. That figure is made all the more remarkable by the fact that George was dropped into the Dorset Combination side midway through the season, causing friction between him and manager Joe McDonald that saw him transfer-listed. Whether clever man-management by McDonald, or poor evaluation of a gifted player, his recall certainly did the trick - Muir scored in six consecutive matches and it was a long time before he was sent off to the Reserves again.
Along with Alan Herrity, he was given testimonial matches in May 1968, with Aston Villa and Torquay United the two sides to visit Huish. George ended his Yeovil Town career midway through the 1968-69 season. He had been ruled out through a domestic injury - requiring stitches after cutting himself on a glass plate - and during that autumn under manager Ron Saunders, he couldn't force his way back into the side, eventually being transferred to Weymouth. He later went on to coach Westland Sports Under 16s.
Despite his Scottish roots, he stayed living in the area, and his son Paul Muir went on to also play for the Glovers as well. Sadly Paul did not out-live his father, losing his life in January 2000, five months after being attacked in West Croydon.
George's 317 appearances for the club put him as the 17th highest post-war appearance maker for the club. It's therefore sad to report that another player with terrific heritage and service to the club has now passed on. To his wife, family and friends we send our sincere condolences.
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