George Antonio Rowlands

George Rowlands Antonio (20 October 1914 – 2 July 1997) was an English footballer of Italian descent who played in the Football League for Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town and Stoke City.

Antonio was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire started with non-league Oswestry Town before joining Stoke City in 1935.

He was spotted by Fred Keenor in the 1927/28 season playing for a North Shropshire XI and was signed by Oswestry Town, making his debut against Wellington Town

He made his Stoke debut against Liverpool on the final day of the 1935–36 season and established himself in the side the following season. He scored twice in a 10–3 win over West Bromwich Albion, Stoke’s record victory.

He played quite regularly in the next two seasons sharing positions with Bobby Liddle. During World War II he guested for Nottingham Forest making three appearances in 1939–40 and seven appearances scoring 2 goals in 1940–41. In the 1945–46 season, he guested for Ipswich Town as well as a number of other clubs. He played 16 times for Stoke in 1946–47 season scoring five goals before joining Derby County in March 1947.

In the year he was at Derby he played 18 matches and scored twice. He joined Doncaster Rovers for the 1948–49 season appearing 34 times and scoring seven goals, then signed for Mansfield Town from 1949 to 1950 playing 67, scoring twice.

Went on to partner the late great Sir Stanley Matthews for The Potters before moving on to Leeds United, Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Aldershot and Wrexham.

Returning to The Town in 1951 from Wellington Town, he guided the side to a third place finish in the Birmingham League before winning the tittle for Oswestry the following season.