Jim Fryatt

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Jim Fryatt
Personal information
Date of birth (1940-09-02) 2 September 1940 (age 77)
Place of birth Southampton, England
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1960 Charlton Athletic 5 (3)
1960–1963 Southend United 61 (24)
1963–1966 Bradford Park Avenue 101 (38)
1966–1967 Southport 39 (15)
1967 Torquay United 27 (11)
1967–1968 Stockport County 44 (28)
1968–1970 Blackburn Rovers 37 (5)
1970–1971 Oldham Athletic 76 (40)
1971–1974 Southport 108 (24)
1973 Philadelphia Atoms (loan) 18 (7)
1974 Philadelphia Atoms 20 (8)
1974 Stockport County 1 (1)
1974–1975 Torquay United 4 (0)
1975 Hartford Bicentennials 6 (1)
1975 Philadelphia Atoms[1] 5 (0)
Teams managed
1977 Las Vegas Quicksilvers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jim Fryatt (born 2 September 1940 in Southampton) is an English retired footballer who played as a striker. During his playing career he was nicknamed 'Pancho'.[2]

Football League[edit]

A regular scorer for all of his club sides, the stockily built forward was the archetypal journeyman, spending most of his career switching between lower league sides. However whilst appearing for Bradford Park Avenue against Tranmere Rovers on 25 April 1964 Fryatt established a Football League record by scoring after only 4 seconds, the fastest goal in the competition's history.[3] Fryatt is also well regarded for his time at Stockport County, where his strike partnership with Bill Atkins was so formidable that the two have been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame as a unit.[4]


Like many of his contemporaries Fryatt appeared in the North American Soccer League during the summer months, first appearing in the 1973 season with the title winning Philadelphia Atoms, for whom he scored in the play-offs against Toronto Metros.[5] He returned to the club the following year before finishing his career in the 1975 season initially with Hartford Bicentennials and then back in Philadelphia.


After retiring as a player, Fryatt served briefly as the assistant manager of the original Las Vegas Quicksilvers before settling permanently in Las Vegas where he worked at casinos before becoming a mechanic for a golf course.[6]


  1. ^ Barry Hugman, Football League Players Records, 1981, p. 147
  2. ^ Pancho back on familiar territory
  3. ^ Barry Hugman, Football League Players Records, 1981, p. 18
  4. ^ Jim Fryatt & Bill Atkins
  5. ^ Colin Jose, NASL: A Complete Record of the North American Soccer League, 1989, p. 102
  6. ^ Where Are They Now? (A-J)