Tony Fitzpatrick (footballer)

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Tony Fitzpatrick
Personal information
Full name Anthony Charles Fitzpatrick
Date of birth (1956-03-03) 3 March 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Possil Y.M.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1979 St Mirren 160 (9)
1979–1981 Bristol City 75 (1)
1981–1989 St Mirren 191 (9)
Total 426 (19)
National team
1977 Scotland U21[1] 5 (0)
1978 Scottish League XI[2] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1991 St Mirren
1996–1998 St Mirren
2001 Clydebank (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Anthony "Tony" Fitzpatrick (born 3 March 1956 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He made a record 351 league appearances (458 in all competitions)[3] for St Mirren in two spells, playing for Bristol City in the two intervening seasons. His record has since been beaten by Hugh Murray.

Fitzpatrick was made captain of St Mirren at the age of 17 by the then manager Alex Ferguson.[citation needed] He represented the Scottish League XI once, in a 1–1 draw with the Italian League in April 1978.[2]

During his time with the Paisley club he captained them to the 1987 Scottish Cup Final and made a substitute appearance as the team defeated Dundee United to lift the trophy. He also managed the club between 1988 and 1991 and again between 1996 and 1998. He infamously burst his nose tripping up on a ripple in the carpet at the Tennent's Sixes in 1985.

Tony had a spell as Youth Development Manager at Livingston prior to the club entering administration. Following this he decided to change his focus and concentrate on an interest of his, developing peoples self-esteem and confidence through sport and groupwork. He ran Kan-Do Sports Training and Development, working with both adults and teenagers seeking to return to employment by developing their 'soft skills'.

Fitzpatrick was appointed St Mirren chief executive in January 2016, succeeding Brian Caldwell.[4]


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  2. ^ a b "Tony Fitzpatrick". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Currie, David (28 April 2011). "Hugh Murray eyes Buddies stay beyond record appearance". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tony Fitzpatrick: St Mirren appoint former player as CEO". BBC Sport. BBC. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 

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