Thomas Fitchie

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Thomas Tindal Fitchie (11 December 1881 – 17 October 1947) was a Scottish football player.[1][2]

A talented forward, nicknamed the "Prince of Dribblers", Fitchie was born in Edinburgh and played football as an amateur (having had too many business commitments to commit to the game professionally).[3] He appears to have travelled a lot, and his career was rather eclectic as a result; he played for a variety of clubs, and the dates of some of his tenures are not known.

Having started out at West Norwood, Fitchie joined Woolwich Arsenal when he was 19, in November 1901. He made his debut against Gainsborough Trinity in a Second Division match on 8 February 1902, and scored twice as Woolwich Arsenal rolled out 5-0 winners. However, being unable to fully commit to the team, he was only in the Woolwich Arsenal side intermittently, and often guested for other London sides, including Fulham, London Caledonians and even Tottenham Hotspur — although as they were not at this time Arsenal's deadly local rivals, this would have raised few eyebrows at the time.

Fitchie's main club, however, was Woolwich Arsenal, and it seems he played mostly for them while he was in London. It wasn't until the 1904-05 season did he have any sort of decent run in the side, though; he scored six goals in nine league games that season, Arsenal's first in the First Division.

Fitchie's ability was such that he was called up to play for Scotland, against Wales on 6 March 1905, which Scotland lost 3-1. In all he won four caps for his country, scoring one goal — the only goal of the game against Ireland on St Patrick's Day 1906. He was still a regular for Woolwich Arsenal, scoring nine league goals in 1905-06 and reaching an FA Cup semi-final the same season.

Fitchie left Arsenal in mid-1906 back to his native Scotland, and played for Queen's Park for two years. He also spent some time in Southern England during this period, occasionally appearing for Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion. He returned to Woolwich Arsenal in 1908, and he played another full season (1908-09) there; he scored ten goals (nine in the league, one in the cup) in twenty-one games, making him Arsenal's top scorer; that season they finished sixth in the First Division, which would remain their highest-finishing position until 1925-26. In all, he played 63 times for Arsenal and scored 30 goals.

After leaving Arsenal, Fitchie joined a touring team known as The Pilgrims, a side composed of British players that toured the United States in October and November 1909. After returning to England, Fitchie played for Glossop North End between 1909 and 1911, and Fulham for a second spell in 1912.

Personal life[edit]

Fitchie served as a sergeant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders during the First World War.[2] A lung disorder contracted during his war service lead to his death in October 1947.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Smith 2013, p. 85)
  2. ^ a b c "Queen's Park And The Great War: 1914 To 1918" (PDF). p. 5. Retrieved 13 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Queen's Park Men Who Served And Survived As At October 2016" (PDF). p. 5. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
Sources
  • Smith, Paul (2013). Scotland Who's Who. Pitch Publishing. ISBN 9781909178847. 
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4. 

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