GEORGE Oghani’s time at Burnley FC between 1987 and 1989 was probably the best spell of his football career in terms of goals per game.
Manchester lad George, now 54, scored 21 goals in 74 games for the Clarets and although he also hit the net 83 times in 175 games for Hyde United and 27 times in 99 appearances for Bolton Wanderers, Burnley holds a special place in George’s heart.
He was an instrumental member of the Vintage Clarets squad that recently lifted the veterans trophy in Hamm, Germany, showing his versatility and all-round ability by scoring the team’s first goal of the tournament then switching to emergency centre back admirably for the rest of the competition.
George, now an independent financial adviser, started his career as a youngster with Sheffield United. He went on to play for Bury, Hyde (twice), Bolton, Wrexham, Burnley, Stockport County, Hereford United, Scarborough, AEP Paphos FC, Carlisle United, Northwich Victoria and Guiseley.
He played a total of 560 games in his 20-year career and scored 185 goals.
As well as football George enjoys watching all sports but particularly cricket and golf. He played in the recent golf day at Ghyll Golf Club in Barnoldswick organised by VC’s 69-year-old physiotherapist John Dawson.
But what is it George likes best about being a VC? “The crack and camaraderie,” he says. “They are a great set of lads.”