15 Facts About George Robledo


Jorge "George" Robledo Oliver was a Chilean professional footballer.


George Robledo played as a striker, and is most notable for his time spent with Newcastle United.


George Robledo was the first non-British-registered foreign player to become top scorer in England.


George Robledo emigrated with his family to Brampton, Yorkshire in 1932, at the age of five, due to the instability in Chile at the time.


George Robledo started his footballing career at Huddersfield Town, playing as a part-time amateur while he earned his money coal mining, though he never managed to break into the first team.


George Robledo was able to give up the coal mining when he moved to Second Division Barnsley during World War II.


George Robledo went on to score 5 more goals in the last 12 games of the season.

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George Robledo finished the season by scoring the goal which defeated Arsenal in the FA Cup final, helping Newcastle lift the cup in successive seasons.


The goal scored by George Robledo was drawn by a young John Lennon, who included it in the artwork of his album Walls and Bridges in 1974.


George Robledo left Colo-Colo in 1958, and spent a year out of football, before signing for Club Deportivo O'Higgins where he played out the final years of his career, until his retirement in 1960.


George Robledo was in the Chile squad for the 1955 and 1957 South American Championships, finishing as runners-up in the former tournament.


George Robledo made thirty-one appearances for his national side, scoring eight goals over a period of seven years.


George Robledo finally retired from football in 1961 and took charge of the sports program in St Peter's school, Vina del Mar, where he remained leading a quiet life until his death of a heart attack on 1 April 1989, just before his 63rd birthday.


George Robledo was survived by his wife Gladys and daughter Elizabeth.


George Robledo's brother Ted had died nearly 20 years earlier, having fallen from an oil tanker into the sea off the coast of Dubai in December 1970.