11 Facts About George Raynor


George Sidney Raynor was an English professional footballer and one of the most successful international football managers ever.


When he did sign professional forms George Raynor's career took him only on an uninspired jaunt around the Football League.


George Raynor signed up as a physical training instructor in 1939 in order to train soldiers in the British Army.


George Raynor was posted to Iraq and whilst in the course of working as a training instructor in Baghdad, he helped a fellow teacher club together a group of students into a team which toured the neighbouring states as a representative of Iraq.


George Raynor was an irascible, indefatigable figure, character notes that possibly aligned him more to a responsive Sweden than they ever would in conservative England and accordingly, with his insights into club management coming to the fore, Sweden quickly developed into a force.


George Raynor was the last English manager to lead a team to Olympic Gold until Bev Priestman did so for the Canada women's national soccer team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


George Raynor was still in charge of the national side for their Bronze medal performance at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki and coached the national side during a two-game tour in late Autumn 1953.

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George Raynor famously said that if Sweden get the first goal in the Final 'Brazil would panic all over the show'.


George Raynor drifted back and forth into club management throughout this time with AIK in Stockholm, Lazio in Rome and Coventry City FC in England but was back as national manager for the 1958 FIFA World Cup held in Sweden.


Nine years after these triumphs George Raynor was being made redundant after a seven-month stint managing Doncaster Rovers in the English Fourth Division.


George Raynor published a book in 1960 called Football Ambassador at Large.