Stockport County legend turns 100

George Haigh, the oldest surviving footballer to represent Stockport County celebrates his 100th birthday today.

Haigh who was born in Reddish and signed for the Hatters in 1936 made his first team debut against Lincoln City at Edgeley Park on 1st October 1938.

The former centre-half made 482 appearances for the club.

In 1940 he joined the Royal Air Force, serving as a physical training instructor and was stationed at RAF Morecambe and RAF Wilmslow, where he trained new recruits and parachutists.

during this time Haigh played regularly for the Morecambe services team and also appeared 60 times for Rochdale.

Whilst at Spotland, he played against some of the great clubs of the era, including Stoke City and Blackpool as well as against England legend, Sir Stanley Matthews.

After being discharged as a sergeant in 1946 he returned to football as player manager of Rossendale United. He now lives in Oxfordshire.