John Fitzpatrick Profile
John Herbert Norton Fitzpatrick, born Aberdeen, Scotland, August 18, 1946. Born and bred in the city of Aberdeen, John Fitzpatrick started his playing days at Thistle Lads Club before he signed his first professional contract with Manchester United in September 1963. A product of the Manchester United Youth Academy, the dedicated midfielder went on to win a FA Youth plaque medal the following year.
John Fitzpatrick made his Football League debut for Matt Busby´s Manchester United team in a 1-0 defeat to Sunderland at Roker Park on the 24th of February 1965. The long haired footballer became United´s first ever substitute when he replaced Scotland international Denis Law in a 5-1 First Division defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on the 16th of October 1965. At the comparatively young age of 26, however, the hard working midfield combatant was forced into an early retirement due to an arthritic condition in his knee joints and would make his final Football League appearance for United in a 2-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium on the 16th of September 1972. Unfortunately, Fitzpatrick suffered a serious injury when he was fouled by Johnny Giles during an encounter with longtime rivals Leeds United, but he never accused him of ruining his professional career. The Republic of Ireland international later pointed out that he took full responsibility for the challenge itself, but not for the ending of Fitzpatrick’s footballing career. A direct and strong running player with energy in abundance, Fitzpatrick managed to accumulate 117 Football League appearances for Manchester United during his injury hampered eight-year career at Old Trafford. As things eventually turned out, the Scot returned to the Granite City where he went into business as an importer of fine wine. John Fitzpatrick Playing Career: Manchester United. Managing Career: None.