The inter-war hitman remains a revered figure on Teesside and is far and away Boro’s all time top scorer with a staggering 345 goals. In a blistering 1926-27 season he plundered an incredible 59 goals to fire Boro to promotion and set a new English league record.
That mark was beaten the following season as Everton’s Dixie Dean scored 60 – although Boro fans are quick to point out that the Goodison goal-getter’s haul included a hefty number of penalties while Camsell didn’t take Boro’s.
He also rattled in 18 goals in nine international outings for England – an almost imaginable strike rate of two a game – yet when the pundits talk of the great Three Lions’ goal-getters he always gets over-looked.
Boro barmy historian Dr Tosh Warwick aims to change that: he is working on a new authorised biography that aims to fire the prolific striker back into national consciousness.
Tosh said: “As a Boro fan and Middlesbrough historian it is a huge honour to be writing the authorised biography of the club’s greatest ever goalscorer and one of the club’s loyalist servants.”
A number of Boro historians who have helped celebrate Camsell’s goalscoring exploits have welcomed news of the biography and have already offered assistance with the book.
“I look forward to collaborating with them, capturing community memories and working with the Camsell family to shed new light on this important figure in English and Teesside football history,” said Tosh.
Tosh, whose day job is at Manchester Metropolitan University, has already released books on the Transporter and a photographic memory of Middlesbrough in the 1970s and 80s and also works with the Heritage Unlocked website and also writes for the club matchday programme.
George Camsell junior, son of the legend, added: “I am absolutely delighted to offer my support to this long overdue biography of my late father George Camsell. He was such a humble man, I’m not sure what he would have made of all the fuss.
“As the centenary of his record-breaking season is approaching, we think it’s timely and fitting that he is recognised not only as a Boro and England goalscoring legend but also for his loyal service to the club he loved.”
The as yet untitled biography is scheduled to be published next year. Those interested in sharing their Camsell memorabilia, memories and stories can contact Dr Tosh Warwick at firstname.lastname@example.org