Everyone at Stirling Albion was saddened to learn of the death of our former player and manager George Peebles at the age of 80.
George started his playing career with Dunipace Juniors, before moving to Dunfermline Athletic in 1955. He was part of a very successful Dunfermline side, winning a Scottish Cup medal in 1961 and also playing in many memorable European ties. When he was released by the Pars in 1966, it was his home-town team, Stirling Albion, who stepped in to sign him.
Albion were a First Division side at the time and George was a full-time player. He was still a force to be reckoned with and tormented many defences in his spell at Annfield. He played over 100 games for Stirling Albion, scoring 18 goals, before retiring from the playing side in 1971.
By that time he had started to coach the Albion reserves and was quickly promoted to first-team coach under Alex Smith. He was No 2 to Smith for 12 years before taking over as manager when Alex moved to St Mirren in December 1986. He almost guided the team to promotion in 1986/87 – we missed out on goal difference despite a dramatic last-day win at Ayr – but he resigned in March 1988 to devote more time to his painting and decorating business, George Peebles & Son.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.