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Tom Fairfoul

Tom Fairfoul

Birthdate: 16 January 1881
Birthplace: West Calder, Midlothian, Scotland
Date of death: 2 December 1952
Other clubs: Lanark Athletic, Patna Doon Athletic, 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: December 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

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 62 9 0 0 0 71
1913-1914 38 8 0 0 0 46
1914-1915 24 1 0 0 0 25

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

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

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1915-1916 5 0

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 01.09.1913 Derby Baseball Ground League
50 19.09.1914 The Wednesday Anfield League

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Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Lanark Athletic Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Patna Doon Athletic Scotland N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kilmarnock 1904-1905 Scotland Division 1 16 1 16 1
Kilmarnock 1905-1906 Scotland Division 1 26 3 26 3
Third Lanark 1906-1907 Scotland Division 1 32 19 32 19
Third Lanark 1907-1908 Scotland Division 1 28 2 28 2
Third Lanark 1908-1909 Scotland Division 1 34 0 34 0
Third Lanark 1909-1910 Scotland Division 1 32 2 32 2
Third Lanark 1910-1911 Scotland Division 1 33 2 33 2
Third Lanark 1911-1912 Scotland Division 1 33 0 33 0
Third Lanark 1912-1913 Scotland Division 1 13 1 13 1
Total 247 30 247 30
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