Scott Fitzgerald (footballer, born 1979)
|Full name||Scott Paul Fitzgerald|
|Date of birth||18 November 1979|
|Place of birth||Hillingdon, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2004||→ Swansea (loan)||3||(0)|
|2005||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||1||(0)|
|2005||→ Oxford United (loan)||3||(1)|
|2006||→ Walsall (loan)||5||(0)|
|2006–2007||→ AFC Wimbledon (loan)||14||(5)|
|2008–2010||Hayes & Yeading United||70||(25)|
|2011||→ Hemel Hempstead Town (loan)||?||(?)|
|2012–2014||Chalfont St Peter||57||(24)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:28, 3 October 2014 (UTC).
Fitzgerald joined the Brentford Centre of Excellence at age 12 and started his senior career in non-League football at Northwood before being signed by First Division side Watford in February 2003. He made his professional debut on 21 April 2003, coming on as a substitute for Michael Chopra in a home win over Derby County. In his first start for the club he scored his first goal, the second in a 2–0 win over Sheffield United on the final day of the season.
In the 2003–04 season he scored 11 goals to finish as the club's top scorer. At Watford Fitzgerald scored 11 goals in 29 league starts. He fell out of favour in the 2004–05 season, however, and he spent a goalless loan spell at Swansea. He returned to Watford and made several late substitute appearances towards the end of 2004, before being loaned to Leyton Orient in January 2005. On his only appearance for Orient, a home tie with Grimsby Town, he was sent off for violent conduct. He was loaned to Brentford in March 2005, and scored both goals in a 2–0 away win at Oldham Athletic in his second game for the club. He signed permanently later that month, on transfer deadline day.
He scored two further goals that season, and featured as a substitute in the second leg of Brentford's play-off semi-final defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. In 2005–06 he was out of favour, and was loaned out to Oxford United, scoring once against Grimsby, and Walsall. After not scoring in five appearances with Walsall he was released from his five-month loan contract a month early in April 2006.
Fitzgerald then spent a month-long loan period at the start of the 2006–07 season at non-League club AFC Wimbledon, where he made five starts as short-term cover for injured strikers Richard Butler and Paul Barnes. He returned for a second loan spell in November 2006, making nine further league appearances, before returning to Brentford in January 2007.
On 15 January 2007, his contract with Brentford was terminated by mutual consent and Fitzgerald signed for Conference South side Basingstoke Town on a contract running initially until the end of the 2006–07 season. He made his debut for on 20 January 2007 in a 1–1 draw away at Yeading.
In June 2010, he signed for Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone and will be an important part of their quest to achieve promotion.
In October 2012, Fitzgerald joined Chalfont St Peter and netted two goals away against his former club Northwood in a 3-1 win on 2 October. After scoring two goals in his first six appearances, Fitzgerald underwent surgery on his troublesome knee injury which is set to keep him out for a while. Fitzgerald scored on his comeback from injury in a 5-1 win over Woodford United on 5 March 2013, and netted again - this time in a 5-2 defeat by Biggleswade Town - on 16 March 2013. He continued his excellent form with a brace against Aylesbury which took his tally to eight goals in just thirteen appearances.
Since leaving Chalfont St Peter in 2014, Fitzgerald has been without a club but in September 2015 stated his intention to carry on playing.
- "Oxford Utd 2-3 Grimsby". BBC. 25 November 2005. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- AFC Wimbledon Official Site: Scott returns as Richard is out for a while
- Former Watford striker joins United, Uxbridge Gazette
- "Calor League Southern". Southern-football-league.co.uk. 2014-01-15. Archived from the original on 2014-06-07. Retrieved 2014-01-24.
- When Watford used to shop in Non-League for strikers – WD Sport