Percy Fairclough

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Percy Fairclough (1 February 1858 – 22 June 1947) was an English amateur footballer who made one appearance for England in 1878.

Football career[edit]

Fairclough was born in Mile End, east London and was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow, where he played for the school football team.[1]

After leaving school, he joined the Old Foresters. In 1878, shortly after his twentieth birthday, he was selected by England for the match at Hampden Park, Glasgow against Scotland on 2 March. Although England "fielded a side they thought capable of defeating the Scots, ...(they) returned home with a humiliating 7-2 defeat",[2] with three of the Scottish goals coming from John McDougall.[3] Fairclough was described as a "powerful if somewhat ungainly forward".[1]

He subsequently joined the Corinthian club, although he does not appear to have actually played for them.[4]

Life outside football[edit]

He was killed on 22 June 1947 in a road accident at the age of 89.[1][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 1-905009-63-1. 
  2. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England - A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 1-84426-035-6. 
  3. ^ Scotland 7 - England 2; 2 March 1878 (Match summary)
  4. ^ Rob Cavallini (2007). Play Up Corinth: A History of the Corinthian Football Club. Tempus Publishing. pp. 275 & p.279. ISBN 0-7524-4479-4. 
  5. ^ Brief note on www.iffhs.de

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