Tributes have been pouring in for former Manchester United star John Fitzpatrick, who sadly passed away this week.
Fitzpatrick played in a number of positions for Sir Matt Busby’s side in the 1960’s and early 70’s – everywhere but left wing and keeper – but was at his most comfortable in the right-back role.
In total he played 147 times for United and scored ten goals.
The club paid tribute on their official website, saying ‘the Scotsman will always be part of the club’s history after becoming the first substitute used by the club in a league match, replacing Denis Law during a defeat to Tottenham in October, 1965.
‘He won the FA Youth Cup with the Reds in 1964, as a side also containing George Best beat Swindon Town in the two-legged final.
‘The versatile performer had become a regular by the time of the 1970/71 season, replacing Shay Brennan at full-back in the side. Unfortunately, knee problems ended his top-flight career prematurely, at the age of 26.’
Teammate and goalkeeper Alex Stepney tweeted: ‘So sad to hear that John Fitzpatrick has passed away. John was a fantastic man and a terrific footballer. RIP John, one of the good guys, all my love to family.’
So sad to hear that John Fitzpatrick has passed away. John was a fantastic man and a terrific footballer…RIP John, one of the good guys, all my love to family x pic.twitter.com/cROSUdYHCp
— Alex Stepney (@AlexStepney1) December 21, 2020
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