18 November 2006

John Fitzpatrick

Name: John Fitzpatrick*
Born: 19 December 1875
Died:
Height:
Weight:

Position: Half-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 2 Full Caps (1896); Army Representative.
Club Honours: (with Bohemians) Irish Cup Runner-Up 1894/95; Leinster Senior Cup Winner.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Pontefract
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Amateur
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-
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Bohemians
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Amateur
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-
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Reading
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Oct-1896
Amateur
(Southern League)
Millwall
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1897
Amateur
(Southern League)
TOTALS
£-
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-

Biography:

The first Bohemians player to earn international recognition, James Fitzpatrick was appointed captain on his debut; this was the first time since Ireland's first match that a player had been given that honour on his first appearance - he was just 20 years and 79 days old.

As well as an appearance in Bohemians' record 10-1 Irish Cup final defeat by Linfield in 1895, Fitzpatrick also collected a number of Leinster Cup winner's medals.

A regular soldier with the 15th King's Hussars, Fitzpatrick played with Pontefract, where his father was stationed, as a teenager before being stationed to Ireland. Regarded as one of the best half backs in the army, when his regiment returned to England he was much sought after by professional teams. He elected to remain in the services, assisting Reading and Millwall when available, as well as the regimental team.

Fitzpatrick was also a British Army boxing champion in the mid-1890s.

Ireland Cap Details:
07-03-1896 England. H L 0-2 BC
28-03-1896 Scotland H D 3-3 BC

Summary: 2/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 1.

With thanks to Martin O'Connor, Cris Freddi and Chris Goodwin.

Previously thought to be Christopher James Fitzpatrick.

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