Fry Arthur Image 1 Southampton St Mary’s 1889

Fry Arthur Image 1 Southampton St Mary’s 1889


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Portsmouth, Hampshire born Arthur  Fry, nicknamed “Father Fry” by his teammates,was one of the first players to join St. Mary’s Y.M.A, (later renamed St. Mary’s), playing in the team’s first match in November 1885 holding the role of team captain. A versatile footballer, Fry played in “nearly every position” for the Saints, including goalkeeper, full back and as a forward. Playing at centre forward, he scored five goals in a 10-0 win over Petersfield in the Hampshire Junior Cup in December 1887, a club record for goals by a single player in a cup match which was later equalled by Derek Reeves in 1960.

Following his retirement from football in 1891, Fry worked as a teacher at various schools in Southampton, including as the headmaster of Foundry Lane School for 22 years from 1902 until his retirement in 1924. Shortly after attending the Golden Jubilee of Southampton Football Club in 1935, Fry died in March 1937 at the age of 75.

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