Stars of the ’80s: No 6, Tony Fitzpatrick

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IN two spells with St Mirren – sandwiching a two-year spell with Bristol City – Tony Fitzpatrick made 458 appearances for the Paisley club, having been made team captain at the age of just 17 by manager Alex Ferguson. His tally was a club record until broken this year by Hugh Murray.

Fitzpatrick, who played five times for the Scotland Under-21 side, skippered the Buddies to winning the Scottish First Division title, and capped that achievement in 1987 by leading them to the Scottish Cup final. He came on as a substitute at Hampden as St Mirren beat Dundee United 1-0 after extra- time to lift the trophy.

He famously burst his nose in 1985 when he tripped over a wrinkle in the carpeted pitch while playing in the Tennents Sixes.

Fitzpatrick also had two spells as St Mirren manager and, more recently, spent five years as the Youth Development coach with the Scottish Football Association.