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George Ross

George Ross, born in Inverness 15th April 1943, signed for Preston North End as a junior and made 386 league appearances for them 1960-73, mostly at full back. 

He had been spotted early in the 1958-59 season by a Preston scout playing for his local amateur team, Hilton Athletic, when only 15. 

His Preston career included appearances in the 1960 F.A. Youth Cup final v Chelsea and 1964 F.A. Cup final v West Ham United as well as a 3rd Division winners medal in 1971. 

After a Preston testimonial in 1973 he moved to captain Southport for 1973-74 (31 league matches). 

He then played for Washington Diplomats, Telford United and Morecambe. 

In 1983 he returned to Southport, by then non league, as manager. 

He was founder chairman of the Preston ex players Association in 1998 and continued in the role until 2013. 

He was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by Preston in 2009 for whom he continued to work as matchday host in the corporate lounges 

and giving ground tours of Deepdale. 

He died on Saturday 7th May 2016, aged 73. 

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