Percy Fairclough

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Percy Fairclough (1 February 1858 – 22 June 1947) was an English amateur footballer who made one appearance for England in 1878.

Football career

Fairclough was born in Mile End, east London and was educated at Forest School, Walthamstow, where he played for the school football team.[1]

After leaving school, he joined the Old Foresters. In 1878, shortly after his twentieth birthday, he was selected by England for the match at Hampden Park, Glasgow against Scotland on 2 March. Although England "fielded a side they thought capable of defeating the Scots, ...(they) returned home with a humiliating 7-2 defeat",[2] with three of the Scottish goals coming from John McDougall.[3] Fairclough was described as a "powerful if somewhat ungainly forward"[1] but was never selected to represent his country again.

He subsequently joined the Corinthian club, although he does not appear to have actually played for them.[4] He also played representative football for Essex and London.

Life outside football

Fairclough was a partner in a stockbroking firm and became a member of the London Stock Exchange for forty years.

He was killed on 22 June 1947 in a road accident at the age of 89.[1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 99. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England - A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 50. ISBN 1-84426-035-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Scotland 7 - England 2; 2 March 1878 (Match summary)
  4. Rob Cavallini (2007). Play Up Corinth: A History of the Corinthian Football Club. Tempus Publishing. pp. 275 & p.279. ISBN 0-7524-4479-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Brief note on

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