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Real Name: James Albert Fay
Normal Position: Centre Half
Height: 5' 9
Weight: 12st 2lbs
Born: 29/03/1884 (Southport)
Died: 04/03/1957 (Southport)

A professional footballer for over 20 years and aone of the founders of the Player’s Union, of which he was secretary and treasurer from 1929 to 1955.

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.

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 magristrate in 1942 and took a keen interest in all branches of sport. He was a lfie member of Southport & Birkdale Cricket Club and preseident of the Southport and District Table Tennis League.

Lancashire Evening Post – 13th Aug 1919 



Season Date From To Value
1921/1922 BOLTON WANDERERS Southport



Statistics include the following competitions
Cambrian Cup, Conference League Cup, English Jubilee Fund, FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, Lancashire Floodlit Trophy, Lancashire Junior Cup, Lancashire League Medal Competition, Lancashire Senior Cup, League, Liverpool Challenge Cup, Liverpool Senior Cup, Northern Premier League Cup, Northern Premier League Shield, PLAY OFFS , President's Cup, President's Inter League, Third Division (North) Cup, Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1918/1919 501
1919/1920 000
1920/1921 000
1921/1922 1801
1922/1923 1101
Total 34 0 3


Games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
28/04/1923 LeagueH BRADFORD PA 0 - 0
21/04/1923 LeagueA HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 0
14/04/1923 LeagueH HALIFAX TOWN 1 - 3
07/04/1923 LeagueA WALSALL 0 - 1
31/03/1923 LeagueH WALSALL 2 - 1
30/03/1923 LeagueH BARROW 2 - 0
03/03/1923 LeagueA GRIMSBY TOWN 1 - 2
20/01/1923 LeagueH DARLINGTON 2 - 1
06/01/1923 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 0
01/01/1923 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 0
30/09/1922 LeagueH NELSON 0 - 1
01/04/1922 LeagueH DARLINGTON 3 - 1
18/03/1922 LeagueA ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 - 1
11/03/1922 LeagueH ASHINGTON 0 - 0
12/01/1922 FA Cup / 1RH BLACKBURN ROVERS 0 - 2
07/01/1922 FA Cup / 1A BLACKBURN ROVERS 1 - 1
31/12/1921 LeagueA WIGAN BOROUGH 2 - 3
27/12/1921 LeagueA BARROW 1 - 2
26/12/1921 LeagueH ACCRINGTON STANLEY 1 - 1
24/12/1921 LeagueH STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 5 - 1
17/12/1921 FA Cup / 6QH COVENTRY CITY 1 - 0
10/12/1921 LeagueH TRANMERE ROVERS 1 - 1
03/12/1921 FA Cup / 5QH ALTRINCHAM 3 - 0
12/11/1921 LeagueA WALSALL 1 - 4
05/11/1921 LeagueH WALSALL 3 - 0
15/10/1921 LeagueA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 2
08/10/1921 LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY 2 - 1
01/10/1921 LeagueH ROCHDALE 2 - 1
24/09/1921 LeagueA ROCHDALE 1 - 0
23/04/1919 Lancashire Senior Cup / Section DA EVERTON 2 - 1
21/04/1919 Lancashire Senior Cup / Section DA STOCKPORT COUNTY 1 - 3
19/04/1919 Lancashire Senior Cup / Section DH EVERTON 4 - 1
18/04/1919 Lancashire Senior Cup / Section DH STOCKPORT COUNTY 0 - 1
12/04/1919 Lancashire Senior Cup / Section DH LIVERPOOL 0 - 2

Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
01/01/1923LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 0
03/12/1921FA Cup / 5QH ALTRINCHAM 3 - 0
23/04/1919Lancashire Senior Cup / Section DA EVERTON 2 - 1

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Death of James Fay

The following article is a report of the death of our first Football League captain James 'Jimmy' Fay. Lancashire Evening Post - 4th Mar 1957 

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