George Naufahu, one of that fine group of Tongans who came to Britain in the mid nineteen-fifties, died on February 13th aged 88. The victim of a stroke, George’s passing will be greatly mourned not only by the many people associated with the game in and around Chesterfield, but also by many who remember him in his native Tonga, ten thousand miles away. He is to be buried today at the Salem Methodist Independent Chapel in Chesterfield.
George arrived in Britain in 1956 aged 29. He joined the same stable as his compatriot Kitione Lave and trained initially at the Cantley Saw Mills Gymnasium near Doncaster. He weighed fourteen and a half stone and he claimed to have had 50 amateur and 38 professional contests prior to making his British debut.