2021 Inductee: Jimmy Fay

Born in Southport he was spotted by Oldham Athletic playing local football, spending six years with them before joining Bolton Wanderers for a further ten.

He moved back to his home town club and captained the side when Southport joined the Third division in 1921.

He played in four inter league games at centre half and was once reserve for England.

A professional footballer for over 20 years he was also one of the founder members of the Association Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union (AFPTU); commonly referred to at the time as the Players’ Union. The Player’s Union is now known today as the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). Joining upon its inception in December 1907, his membership drives were crucial in keeping the union alive. He took over as secretary and treasurer in 1929 and held post until 1955.

After retirement he ran a sports outfitting business in Southport before retiring a few years before his death in 1957.

He was appointed a Southport Borough magistrate in 1942 and took a keen interest in all branches of sport. He was a life member of Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club and president of the Southport and District Table Tennis League.

Jimmy Fay will be posthumously inducted into the Southport FC Hall of Fame on 13th November 2021