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Paul Fitzpatrick
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Full name Paul James Fitzpatrick
Date of birth 5 October 1965 (1965-10-05) (age 44)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
Liverpool
Tranmere Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 Bolton Wanderers 14 (0)
1986–1988 Bristol City 44 (7)
1988–1991 Carlisle United 109 (4)
1988 Preston North End (loan) 2 (0)
1991–1993 Leicester City 27 (4)
1993 Birmingham City 7 (0)
1993 Bury (loan) 9 (1)
1993–1994 Hamilton Academical 18 (1)
1994 Northampton Town 2 (1)
1994 Shenzhen
19xx–1995 Leicester United
1995–199x Forest Green Rovers
Corby Town
1997–1999 Gresley Rovers
1999–xxxx Workington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul James Fitzpatrick (born 5 October 1965) is an English former professional footballer who scored 17 goals in 218 appearances in the Football League playing for Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Carlisle United, Preston North End, Leicester City, Birmingham City, Bury and Northampton Town.[1]

Fitzpatrick was born in Liverpool.[2] When he left school, he joined Liverpool as a trainee, and, still as a junior, spent some time with Tranmere Rovers before signing for Bolton Wanderers in March 1985.[3] After 18 months and 14 league games, Fitzpatrick, a central defender, joined Bristol City, where he spent two years, playing in about half City's games.[1][3] Carlisle United of the Fourth Division paid £40,000 for Fitzpatrick's services in October 1988. His arrival is credited with helping to "spark a revival" which raised Carlisle from 23rd place at the end of the previous season to a mid-table position in 1989.[4][5] He was Player of the Season in the 1989–90 season as the club narrowly failed to reach the play-offs.[6] A season later, Fitzpatrick moved up two divisions to join Leicester City, where he played 27 league games in a year and a half before embarking on a tour of the lower reaches of the Football League with Birmingham City, Bury and Northampton Town and a few months in the Scottish First Division (second tier) with Hamilton Academical.[1] He then moved into non-league football with Leicester United,[1] Forest Green Rovers, Corby Town, a spell as assistant to Garry Birtles as manager of Gresley Rovers,[7] and Workington.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Paul Fitzpatrick". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. http://www.neilbrown.newcastlefans.com/player1/paulfitzpatrick.htm. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed (1990). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1990–91. London: Queen Anne Press. p. 168. ISBN 0 356 17911 7. 
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ "Season 1988–89: A return to respectability". Carlisle United Online Archive. http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/square/ad969/archive/1988-89.htm. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Carlisle United". Football Club History Database. Richard Rundle. http://www.fchd.info/CARLISLU.HTM. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "Season 1989–90: One bad day in Dartford". Carlisle United Online Archive. http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/square/ad969/archive/1989-90.htm. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Player Database". Gresley Rovers F.C.. http://www.gresleyrovers.com/players/details.php?ID=334. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Control not enough". Northwich Guardian. 15 September 1999. http://archive.northwichguardian.co.uk/1999/9/15/228250.html. Retrieved 16 April 2009. 
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