George Luke


George (or "Cool Hand") Luke holds a unique record in South African football history.

George, an England Schoolboy International, became the first ever player to come from England to South Africa for a transfer fee, when at the age of 19 he was bought from Chelsea F.C by Durban City's Norman Elliot.


From there George moved to East London, and then on to Jewish Guild F.C for one season. Many Highlands fans recoiled in horror when they heard that striker Jingles Pereira was being swapped for George Luke - but it didn't take George long at all to prove that the move was inspired.

George was a natural - tall,elegant and comfortable with the ball at his feet, an excellent passer and reader of the game.

The 1975 double winning team revolved around George and Martin Cohen in midfield - George always cool on the ball, would bring into play players like Chilton, Bridges and Bobby Viljoen.



Sadly, George left these shores in 1976, spending three years in Ireland at St. Patricks Athletic - managed by Barry Bridges.

Today, George, married to Norma and proud father of Gavin (married to Diane), and Clare, runs his own business in the North East of England and his sole football opponents are his two granddaughters - Abbie and Emma.

George keeps in touch with Wilson Hepplewhite,Chris Chilton and Mike Rose in England and has returned twice to S.A since leaving - making sure to keep in touch with Joe Frickleton, Dave Swan and Bevin Williams.



George will always be remembered fondly as a fine servant of Highlands Park Football Club and one of the finest talents ever seen on a football field in this country.






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