Biography Of George Abbey

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George Peterson Abbey is a retired footballer who played as a defender for the Nigerian football team.

Abbey was brought up in the UK, he has a Nigerian father and a Welsh mother. Abbey grew up in the eastern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.


Abbey’s Career

George Abbey started his early games for Port Harcourt’s Sharks FC(now Rivers United), where he played between 1996 and 1998 after which he then travelled to England in pursuit of a professional career.

On arriving the queen’s land, England, he began playing for Macclesfield Town. He signed with Port Vale in December 2004 after a successful five years with Macclesfield Town. The summer of 2007 saw him moving to play for Crewe Alexandra, and left the club after a two-year stay. The reliable defender also played for Cyprus club Akritas Chlorakas, which he moved to in 2010.

Abbey was part of the Nigeria team that won the bronze medal after finishing third-place in the 2004 African Cup of Nations tournament.

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Club career

Abbey started his career for Sharks F.C. in his hometown in Nigeria after some years at the Nigerian club, he left for England and was signed up by Macclesfield Town in 1999 where he played 18 games for the Third Division side. His first goal of the League came after two season with the club, in a 3–2 win over Shrewsbury Town.
Abbey played 24 games in 2002–03, as Macclesfield finished just six points clear of the relegation zone. He helped the “Silkmen” to finish three places and seven points above relegated Carlisle United in the 2003 campaign. Abbey after number of seasons with Macclesfield had 117 league and cup games for the English outfit.

Abbey look on a move to a Premier League club, but instead he was signed up by League One side Port Vale in December 2004. He played 18 times in the 2004–05 season, helping Vale to escape relegation into League Two.
He joined Crewe Alexandra at the end of July 2007. He featured 23 times for Steve Holland’s “Railwaymen” in 2007–08, and signed a two-year contract at the end of the season.

2010–11 season was George Abbey last season of playing active football. This was after he joined Akritas Chlorakas in 2010 in the Cypriot Second Division before retiring from football to become a fitness trainer.

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International career

Abbey represented Nigeria at the 2004 African Cup of Nations held in Tunisia. The “Super Eagles” lost to Tunisia at the semi-final stage, before beating Mali 2–1 to claim third-place.
He could not make it to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations as he wasn’t selected for the tournament.

George Abbey does not have an international goal but he has a total of 18 appearances for Nigeria.


  • Bronze medal at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

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