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George Moncur: The Story So Far

7 June 2021

An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, George Moncur…

 

Swindon-born Moncur began his career as a schoolboy at Tottenham before joining West Ham’s academy in 2009, following in the footsteps of his father, John, who played for both clubs.

The midfielder signed his first professional deal with the Hammers in 2010 and featured regularly for their development squad, earning two caps for England at youth level.

His first experience of senior football came as an 18-year-old on loan at AFC Wimbledon, helping the Dons to a 2-1 victory at Port Vale on his first-team debut in January 2012.

He made 20 appearances for the Wombles, scoring his first professional goal in a 4-0 battering of Burton and notching another in a 2-0 win over Torquay.

Returning to the Boleyn Ground for 2012/13, he made the first of two West Ham appearances in a 2-0 EFL Cup win over Crewe and was named Young Hammer of the Year.

After a loan spell with Scottish side Partick Thistle, where he scored once in two outings, he completed another temporary switch to League One Colchester in 2014/15.

It was in Essex that he really began to showcase his talent, making the perfect first impression with a debut goal that rescued a 2-2 opening-day draw with Oldham.

He quickly became an important figure and the U’s clearly liked what they saw as the move was made permanent in November 2014.

A shining light in a season of struggle, Moncur scored the goal that preserved Colchester’s third-tier status in a 1-0 final-day victory over Preston, his ninth strike of the campaign.

Unfortunately, it proved only a stay of execution as the U’s slipped through the relegation trapdoor the following season, although Moncur’s individual displays again gained plenty of plaudits.

Featuring in all but one of their 46 league fixtures, he topped the club’s goalscoring charts with 14 goals in all competitions – 12 in the league.

That convinced Barnsley to pay £500,000 for his signature and he spent the first half of the 2016/17 season on loan at Grant McCann’s Peterborough, plundering three goals in 15 matches.

Moncur broke into the Tykes team upon his January return and was a regular fixture in 2017/18, a season which ended in relegation back to League One.

There was no such disappointment 12 months later as a remarkable 2018/19 season ended in double delight.

After making 21 league appearances for the Reds, Moncur left for Luton in January and scored six goals in 14 matches as the Hatters were crowned League One champions.

He scored twice in a 3-1 title-clinching win over Oxford as Town secured top spot ahead of Barnsley, who finished runners-up, earning Moncur two promotions from the same division in the same season.

He played his part as Luton pulled off an impressive escape from relegation in 2019/20 and helped Town finish a creditable 12th last term, racking up 37 Championship appearances across two seasons.


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