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Chelsea FC Profile: George Kennedy

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Full Name: George William Kennedy

Born: Sunday, 12th March 1882
Place of birth: Dumfries, Scotland
Died: Friday, 16th November 1917 (aged 35)
Place of death: Poperinge, West Flanders, Belgium
Burial: Buried - Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium

Involvement with Chelsea:

Player from 1908 to 1909

Died from his wounds suffered during World War One. Chelsea's most decorated player with the Military Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal. Kennedy emigrated in 1914 and was a sergeant-major in the 42nd Canadian Highlanders and died during the capture of Passchendæle. (info courtesy of Buried / commemorated at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium

Playing Career:

Lincoln City
Chelsea (May 1908 to Jun 1909) - cost: unknown

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Debut: Saturday, 10th October 1908, Chelsea 2 - 0 Sunderland

Age on debut: 26 years 6 months 28 days

Last Appearance: Saturday, 30th January 1909, Aston Villa 0 - 0 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1908 / 09 10200012


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. George Kennedy made 12 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League10th Oct 1908Chelsea20Sunderland35,000 match won
League17th Oct 1908Chelsea22The Wednesday25,000 match drawn
League5th Dec 1908Notts County30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League12th Dec 1908Chelsea12Newcastle United25,000 match lost
League19th Dec 1908Bristol City10Chelsea10,000 match lost
League25th Dec 1908Manchester City12Chelsea35,000 match won
League26th Dec 1908Chelsea12Manchester City40,000 match lost
League1st Jan 1909Middlesbrough14Chelsea25,000 match won
League2nd Jan 1909Chelsea30Liverpool30,000 match won
F.A. Cup16th Jan 1909Hull City11Chelsea18,100 match drawn
F.A. Cup20th Jan 1909Chelsea10Hull City25,792 match won
League30th Jan 1909Aston Villa00Chelsea18,000 match drawn

Chelsea Graves Society Info & External Research Links:

Link to the CGS Ancestry profile for George William Kennedy View CGS profile for George William Kennedy on Ancestry
Link to the findagrave profile for George William Kennedy View CGS profile for George William Kennedy on Find-A-Grave
Link to the CGS Zeemaps location for George William Kennedy View location on Zeemaps for George William Kennedy

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Chelsea FC Player George Kennedy

Games Won: 5
Win Percentage: 41.67%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 12 appearances, George Kennedy played alongside the following 15 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Ted Birnie (10)
Billy Brawn (12)
Billy Bridgeman (4)
Jack Cameron (12)
Bill Cartwright (3)
Norrie Fairgray (5)
George Hilsdon (10)
Percy Humphreys (6)
Tommy Mair (3)
Bob McRoberts (2)
Tommy Miller (9)
Fred Rouse (10)
Ben Warren (11)
Jack Whitley (12)
Jimmy Windridge (11)