Walter Fairgrieve

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Walter Fairgrieve
Personal information
Full name Walter Robert Fairgrieve[1]
Date of birth (1874-08-30)30 August 1874
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death 2 June 1915(1915-06-02) (aged 40)[2]
Place of death Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Outside-right
Youth career
Dalry Primrose
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Glasgow Perthshire
1898–1899 Southampton 1 (0)
1899–1900 Luton Town 15 (5)
1900 Hibernian 0 (0)
1900 Partick Thistle 5 (1)
1900 Heart of Midlothian 2 (1)
Dunfermline Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Walter Robert Fairgrieve (30 August 1874 – 2 June 1915)[3] was a Scottish professional footballer who played as an outside forward for Southampton and Luton Town in the late 1890s.[1]

Football career[edit]

Fairgrieve was born in Edinburgh and started his football career with Dalry Primrose and Glasgow Perthshire, during which time he earned Scottish junior international honours and represented Glasgow in a game against Lanarkshire.[4]

After a spell with Liverpool and a month's trial period at Everton, he joined Southern League champions Southampton in May 1898 on a professional contract.[2] With a reputation for heavy drinking and general misconduct,[2] he failed to secure a regular first-team place and spent most of his time at The Dell in the reserves, with his only first team outing coming when he took the place of Tom Smith for the second match of the 1898–99 season, a 2–0 defeat by New Brompton.[5]

In the summer of 1899, he left "the Saints" to join Luton Town of the Football League Second Division,[4] but after six months, he returned to Scotiand in January 1900.

He finished his career with a brief spell in the Scottish League with Hibernian, Partick Thistle, Heart of Midlothian and Dunfermline Athletic.[1][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Fairgrieve enlisted as a private in the 15th Battalion, Royal Scots of the British Army early in the First World War but did not see any active service.[3] He died in Edinburgh on 2 June 1915[2] following an attack of angina.[3] He was buried in North Merchiston Cemetery in the city.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 95. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Robert Walter Fairgrieve - Service Record - Football and the First World War". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6. 
  4. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 120. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  5. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 24–25. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  6. ^ "Hibernian Player WR Fairgrieve Details". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Partick Thistle - The Early Years 1900-01". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Walter Fairgrieve - Hearts Career - from 03 Nov 1900 to 10 Nov 1900". Retrieved 3 October 2016.