Fitzpatrick Harry Image 1 Chesterfield 1908

Fitzpatrick Harry Image 1 Chesterfield 1908


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Everton, Liverpool born inside left Harry Fitzpatrick began his football career with Everton Juniors in 1896 and played for Garston Gas Works in 1897, helping them to win the Liverpool and District Amateur Alliance and reach the Final of the Liverpool Junior Cup, before joining the Army in 1900, where he served in The Gordon Highlanders. There is evidence that he was on the books of Aberdeen from October 1903 for a short while, without appearing in a senior match for their first eleven, and besides playing Army football he also represented Vale of Garnock Strollers.

Having bought himself out of his commission, he joined Southern League Luton Town in October 1906 and did well enough for The Hatters, scoring 7 goals in 20 appearances, to earn a move to hometown First Division club Liverpool, making his Football League debut against Sunderland in October 1907, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory. He scored once more in three further appearances for The Reds over the following three weeks before losing his place.

The November 1907 Liverpool match programme said of him: “Fitzpatrick has a capital idea of the position he occupies in the forward line, but there are one or two weaknesses in his play which League experience should quickly eradicate. We refer to his mode of gathering the ball, and not exercising sufficient discrimination in parting with it. This we attribute mostly to over anxiety, and therefore consider that an extended trial will rectify the failings.

In May 1908 he transferred to Second Division club Chesterfield without having regained his first team place at Anfield, scoring once in 18 appearances for The Spireites during their 1908-09 campaign, which ended with them losing their League status, and thereafter he seems to have drifted out of professional football. Still a reservist soldier when the First World War broke out, he was one of  “The Old Contemptibles” fighting with the Gordon Highlanders as part of the British Expeditionary Force at Mons in August 1914, where he was captured. Parolled in Holland, he became professional coach to Zaandam F.C. a club in the Second Division of the Dutch League after the War.

His father kept goal for Bootle, although not while it was a League club.



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