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Full Name: George Douglas Cole
Born: 02 July 1916
Came from: Chester Went to: Chester
First game: 23 February 1946 Last game: 23 February 1946
Appearances: 1 (1/0) Goals: 0
Although the Second World War was at an end, the Football League divided its competition into regional sections for the 1945-46 season because of the exceptional conditions at that time, with so many players still serving in the Armed Forces or employed on essential war work. Argyle played in the Football League South that season, against first-class opposition such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs, Aston Villa and Wolves. It proved impossible for the Pilgrims to field a regular side; 72 players made an appearance and performances inevitably suffered. From week to week the club called on Armed Services players who were stationed in the area, guest players from other League clubs and local amateurs to supplement its registered playing staff.
Cole was one of 27 in the guest category. Born in Heswall on the Wirral, the defender started his career with Sheffield Wednesday in 1936, although records show no first team appearances. However, the following year he moved across the city to play for Sheffield United, for whom he made his debut in 1937. No further League appearances were added and the War probably cost him the best years of his burgeoning career. Sheffield United maintained his registration but by 1945 and the cessation of hostilities, he was registered with then non-league Chester City, for whom he made 20 appearances in a two-year spell. Records show his last club after Chester was Stalybridge Celtic.
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