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Arthur Fitzsimons (16 December 1929 – 9 May 2018) was an Irish professional football player and manager.

Arthur Fitzsimons
Personal information
Full name Arthur Fitzsimons
Date of birth (1929-12-16)16 December 1929
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Date of death 9 May 2018(2018-05-09) (aged 88) [1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1946–1949 Shelbourne ? (0)
1949–1959 Middlesbrough 223 (49)
1958–1959 Lincoln City 7 (0)
1959–1961 Mansfield Town 62 (23)
1961–1964 Wisbech Town
1967–1969 Drogheda 24 (5)
National team
1949–1959 Republic of Ireland 26 (7)
Teams managed
1967–1969 Drogheda
1967 League of Ireland XI
1969 Shamrock Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Originally from Penrose Street, in the shadow of Shelbourne Park, the stadium named after Shelbourne F.C. ("the Shels", or "the Reds"), their then home ground, Arthur signed with 'the Shels' from the famous schoolboy nursery club, Johnville F.C.

Already well known for his talent at junior level, the scouts were anxious to see how he would perform at this higher level. So well did he perform with 'the Reds', that it is almost forgotten he played for them only one season, 1948–49, before being transferred over the water. But it's no coincidence that that season was one of the best in the club's history, being in contention until the very last match in all four available competitions, finally winning two of them, and finishing runner-up in the others. At the end of the season, he was part of a two-player deal when transferred (with Peter Desmond) to Middlesbrough F.C. in the English First Division. He went on to play in 223 games, scoring 49 goals.[2] His teammates included Brian Clough and Wilf Mannion.

In the 1960s, his coaching career took him to Libya, where he spent five and a half years in Tripoli until Colonel Gaddafi came to power, when he was advised to leave.

In August 1967, he signed for Drogheda as player-coach, a position he shared with Theo Dunne.[3] In April 1969, his contract was terminated.[4]

In June 1969, he was appointed manager of Shamrock Rovers, taking over from Liam Tuohy.[5] Despite beating FC Schalke 04 in a 1969-70 European Cup Winners' Cup first leg tie, he was fired two months later.

He also played 26 times for the Republic of Ireland national football team, scoring 7 goals.[6]

In 2009, Fitzsimons was inducted into the Football Association of Ireland Hall of Fame.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "obituary". irishtimes.com.
  2. ^ "Arthur Fitzsimons".
  3. ^ "Unknown title and date" (PDF). The Irish Times.
  4. ^ "Unknown title and date" (PDF). The Irish Times.
  5. ^ "Unknown title and date" (PDF). The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "Statistics: Republic of Ireland". soccerscene.ie.
  7. ^ "Doyle named eircom Player of the Year". rte.ie.