Tributes to former Dundee and United footballer George

George Hill

Tributes have been paid to a former Dundee and Dundee United footballer who has died aged 67.

George Hill played for both the city clubs before going on to play for teams in South Africa and Namibia.

The former Morgan Academy pupil is understood to have died on October 31 in South Africa after a short illness.

George, a midfielder, had started out his career with Dundee, making his debut at the age of 16, and following in the footsteps of his father, George Hill snr.

He later went on to play for Dundee United, but the lure of football in warmer climes took George to South Africa in 1972 to play for Durban FC, and then their rivals, East London United FC.

Both sides were in the South African Provincial National Professional Football League.

Two years later, George moved to south-west Africa to play for Windhoek Optics Ramblers in Namibia, now known as Ramblers FC.

John Mcnaughton, 73, from Dundee, paid tribute to George, with whom he had been close friends before he emigrated.

John, from Charleston, said: “I had found out George had passed away through friends online — there’s been a few tributes I’ve seen.

“George left Dundee a long time ago.

“A group of us used to drink in the Breadalbane Bar together in the 1960s — we all played football and then socialised there afterwards.

“He was a lovely lad — a very popular guy, with a large group of friends.

“One of my regrets was that I never actually saw him again after he left to play abroad. But hearing of his passing certainly brought back a lot of memories.”

George’s father, George “Pud” Hill, played for Dundee and East Fife in the 1940s and 1950s.

He later went on to manage Montrose for three years.