Player profile

Tom Fairfoul

Birthdate: 16 January 1881
Birthplace: West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland
Date of death: 1952
Other clubs: Lanark Athletic, Patna, Kilmarnock (1904-06), Third Lanark (1906-13)
Bought from: Third Lanark
Signed for LFC: May 1913
Liverpool debut: 01.09.1913
Last appearance: 12.04.1915
Contract expiry: 1915
Win ratio: 38.03% W: 27 D: 14 L: 30
Wartime games/goals: 5 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 62 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 71 / 0

Player profile

Right-half Fairfoul was an experienced campaigner when he arrived at Liverpool having spent two seasons at Kilmarnock from 1904-1906 and seven at Third Lanark from 1906-1913 where he featured in 247 matches in the Scottish first division. He was a regular in the Liverpool side in the two years that preceded World War I. He played in every one of the 38 first division matches in 1913/14 and made a further 24 appearances the following season. Nine FA Cup ties over the same period, including the 1914 final defeat by Burnley at Crystal Palace, brought his career total for Liverpool to 71 games. Fairfoul along with three Liverpool players; Tom Miller, Bob Pursell, Jackie Sheldon and three United players was found guilty of fixing a game between Liverpool and Manchester United on Good Friday 1915. Bookies had laid up to 8-1 against United winning 2-0 which is how it ended. The Liverpool Echo reported in December 1915 that "the excuse, if such it can be called, has been made that the players were tempted into the sordid business through the belief that the war would prevent football in 1915-16, and summer wages would not be the rule. But it is too paltry a claim in connection with a grave charge, and can be ignored." For his service to his country in the war Fairfoul's life ban from the game was lifted, but he quit playing altogether during the war.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals62900071
1913-1914 38800046
1914-1915 24100025

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
5Aston Villa
4Manchester United
4Sheffield United
4Blackburn Rovers
4Burnley
4Bolton Wanderers
3WBA
3Bradford City
3Sheffield Wednesday
3Tottenham
3Sunderland
3Everton
3Chelsea
3Oldham Athletic
3Manchester City
3Newcastle United
2Preston North End
2Middlesbrough
2Derby
2West Ham United
2Barnsley
2Notts County
1Bradford Park Avenue
1Gillingham
1Stockport County
1QPR
TotalCompetition
62League
9FA Cup

Goals per season

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1913-1914 000000
1914-1915 000000

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TotalTeam
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TotalCompetition
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TotalGoal minute period
01-15
016-30
031-45
046-60
061-75
076-90
091-120
TotalOpen play/Penalty
0Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
1915-191650

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
101.09.1913Derby Baseball GroundLeague
5019.09.1914The WednesdayAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

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The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1913-1914 * Defender
1914-1915 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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