Arthur Fitzsimons (16 December 1929 – 9 May 2018) was an Irish professional football player and manager.
|Full name||Arthur Fitzsimons|
|Date of birth||16 December 1929|
|Place of birth||Dublin, Ireland|
|Date of death||9 May 2018(aged 88)|
|1949–1959||Republic of Ireland||26||(7)|
|1967||League of Ireland XI|
|* 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. His teammates included Brian Clough and Wilf Mannion.
In June 1969, he was appointed manager of Shamrock Rovers, taking over from Liam Tuohy. Despite beating FC Schalke 04 in a 1969-70 European Cup Winners' Cup first leg tie, he was fired two months later.