Jimmy Fay

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

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

A professional footballer for over 20 years he was also one of the founder members of what was commonly referred to at the time as the Players’ Union. Its full title was the Association Football Players’ and Trainers’ Union (AFPTU).

The Player’s Union is now known today as the Professional Footballers Association (PFA).

Joining it upon its inception in December 1907, it was his membership drives that were crucial in keeping the union alive. He took over as secretary and treasurer in 1929 and held post until 1955.

He was appointed a Southport Borough magistrate in 1942 and took a keen interest in all branches of sport.

Jimmy was also a life member of Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club and president of the Southport and District Table Tennis League.

Fay actually played in S&B’s last peace time game in 1914 against Oxton before the Cricket Club was closed down for the duration of the war.

After retirement from football, he ran a sports outfitting business on Hoghton Street in Southport before retiring a few years before his death in 1957.

In 2021 he was inducted into the Southport FC Hall of Fame by the current PFA president Maleta Malongo.

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