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My dad’s a record-setting Scotland rugby hero but I’m making my name in football

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WHEN your dad is a record-setter in his own field, it can be quite the daunting task to live up to his name.

But young George Stanger is making headway in doing just that – even if it’s in a different sport and under another country’s flag.

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Tony and George Stanger back in 2021Credit: The Sun
Tony was a key player for Scotland in the 1990s

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Tony was a key player for Scotland in the 1990sCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd

His father, Tony Stanger, was one of the star‘s of Scottish rugby in the nineties and was joint record try scorer alongside Ian Smith before it was broken by Stuart Hogg in 2021.

He famously scored the winning try against England in the 1990 Five Nations tournament to clinch the Grand Slam for Scotland (their most recent to date) and played for his country at the 1991 and 1995 Rugby World Cups.

Tony, now 55, played centre and wing during his career and played 52 times for Scotland in total, racking up 102 points overall.

Tony has a has a first class Honours degree in applied sports science from the University of Edinburgh and since retiring from playing he worked for seven years as a coach for Leeds Rugby Academy and London Irish, before setting up a sports performance agency with his wife, bid, called Stanger Pro.

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Bid is from New Zealand and youngster George has opted to represent his mother’s homeland up until this point, winning caps for their under-20 and under-23 sides at the U-20 World Cup and the Olympics respectively.

George, 23, was born in Melrose in the Scottish Borders before the family eventually resettled in Dunblane. George began his football career with nearby Stirling Albion before earning himself a move to Hamilton Accies as a 17-year-old in 2018.

Back then, Accies were in the Scottish Premiership and he made his debut in a 3-1 Lanarkshire derby defeat to Motherwell on August 24.

Regular first team opportunities were hard to come by however and he was loaned out twice, first to Lowland League side East Kilbride and then to Forfar of League One.

He had a bit of a career reset at the University of Stirling after being released by Accies, and after a few months in the Lowland League was signed on loan by Dumbarton in League One.

From there the defender was picked up by Alloa Athletic, for whom he would go on to make 33 appearances and score three goals to attract interest from Ayr United in the Championship.

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George has played 25 times for the Honest Men this season across all competitions, scoring against St Johnstone in the Viaplay Cup.

He was involved in some controversy at the weekend during the match against Rangers in the Scottish Cup.

New boss Scott Brown and BBC pundit Michael Stewart both stated they felt Fabio Silva should’ve been sent off for his challenge on Stanger.

Silva would go on to score the second goal for Gers in a 2-0 win.

Stanger clashed with Fabio Silva at the weekend

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Stanger clashed with Fabio Silva at the weekend

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