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George Young, 1922-1997. Footballer
© Mark I'Anson

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George Young, 1922-1997. Footballer 2003

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
George Lewis Young spent his entire adult career with Rangers, with whom he won six Scottish League championships, four Scottish cups and two League cups. At 6 feet 2 inches and weighing more than 15 stone, he dominated Rangers’ mean defence as a centre half or right back during the years immediately after the Second World War. His nicknames included Gentle Giant, Rock of the North and Corky, the last because he always carried a champagne cork from after the Scottish 3-1 victory over England in 1949. In total, Young won 53 caps and captained Scotland on 48 occasions. He was highly respected by both his own team mates and his opponents, and was never in his career sent off during a match. This painting is part of ‘Scotland’s Dream Team’, a series commissioned by the Portrait Gallery.

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  • Acc. No. PG 3337
  • Medium Mixed media on paper
  • Size 176.00 x 110.00 cm
  • Credit Commissioned 2003