Fairclough Albert Image 1 Manchester City 1919

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Fairclough Albert Image 1 Manchester City 1919

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St Helens born Albert Fairclough played in local Lancashire football for St Helens Recreation and Eccles Borough before signing for Manchester City in April 1913 along with his brother Peter Fairclough. He made his Manchester City debut at Bradford City in October 1913, but didn’t play again until the following March when he scored against West Bromwich Albion. With Tommy Browell and Fred Howard ahead of him in the pecking order, opportunities were limited, and he played only once at Middlesbrough in 1914-15 before peacetime football was suspended during which time he served in the Army in France, Belgium and The Middle East. He resumed with Manchester City but only played twice more for the first team in December 1919, before joining Southend United in May 1920. He scored both goals in Southend’s inaugural Football League match, a 2-0 win over Brighton in August, and despite playing only 26 games was the club’s top scorer with 15 goals, before Second Division Bristol City manager Joe Palmer paid £2300 for him in March 1923, he scored 5 goals in 8 games but Bristol City narrowly missed out on promotion. He stayed another 3 seasons at Ashton Gate top scoring in all 3 seasons including 23 goals when they won the Division 3 (South) Championship in 1922-23, scoring 47 goals in 94 games before joining Derby County in July 1924. He scored 22 goals in his first season at Derby as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division, but couldn’t get into the team after, albeit scoring almost whenever he did, before moving to Gillingham in February 1927 after 26 goals in 37 games for The Rams. He scored 3 times in 11 appearances for Gillingham before retiring that summer.

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