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Jim Fryatt

Jim Fryatt

Clubs played for: Charlton Athletic,Southend United,Bradford Park Avenue,Southport,Torquay United,Stockport County,Blackburn Rovers & Oldham Athletic

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Biography: A classic football journeyman of lower league clubs fearless & absolutely superb in the air.He hit the headlines in April 1964 when he scored for Bradford P A in a league game after only 4 seconds the fastest goal in the competitions history. Inducted into Stockport Countys Hall of Fame together with his strike partner Bill Atkins he also formed a partnership with David Shaw at Oldham & helped them win promotion in 1970-71.He scored 40 goals in 76 games for them. Finished his playing career in America before settling permanently in Las Vegas. He worked at Casinos for a number of years before becoming a mechanic at a Vegas golf course.




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Fryatt, Jim Funny moment when Jim played for Oldham Ath @ Grimsby Town, on a night match. We were in their social club bar after the match & Jim was with Alan Groves. Grovesie was chatting up these two girls, winking at me, thus saying he's pulled & then Big Jim is ringing their hanging ships bar bell - around 10pm ish. Everyone thought the bar was shutting early, so started drinking up quickly. Looking at their watches, saying oii - what's going on, it's not closing time (10.30pm).
Jim carried on ringing the bell - to everyone's amusement. Loved it. D
07-09-20David Roberts

Jim Sadly, Jim died 5th June '20 in Las Vegas aged 79.
I saw him many times playing for Stockport County, along with his scoring partner Bill Atkins.
Thanks for the memories RIP Jim
07-09-20Dave Moore

Fryatt, Jim I watched Jim @ Stockport where he had great link up with Bill Atkins

He was a great header of the ball & am sure I once saw him score a hat trick of headers!

Thanks, Jim, for the memory
28-08-20matt shorrock

Fryatt, Jim A formidable forward line at Bradford(Hector,Fryatt,Ham,Bird,Broadbent).
Fantastic header of the ball.Was present when the dubiously timed 4second goal was scored against Tranmere Canterbury Avenue end.The referee was a teacher from Carlisle with a slow reaction time
24-08-20Bogumit Polachowski

Fryatt, Jim Very sorry to hear that Valerie, He was my hero when he played for Oldham Athletic.

24-08-20Mark F

Fryatt, Jim I used to watch the Avenue (Bradford) and despite being in the 4 th division we had a great forward line that included Jimmy, Kevin Hector, Bobby Ham etc. That team scored over 100 goals that season, great entertainment. I have similar problems now to those that Valerie tells us that Jimmy has so my memory isn’t too good. I do remember Jimmy tormenting his opposing fullback 1 week though and on a number of occasions knocked the ballover his head and was away. The FB then caught the ball and squared up to Jimmy. Jimmy just flattened him and walked off the pitch. We went on to win.
He is still thought of as a hero by older Avenue supporters and I wish him and Valerie all the best for the future. Thanks for the memories Jim.
09-08-20Michael Daly

Fryatt, Jim Played for Finn Harps FC DONEGAL Ireland on tour of America in 1972.PLAYED AGAINST Jim who was playing FOR PHILADELPHIA ATOMS AT VETS STADIUM.JIM WAS A VERY GOOD PLAYER AND QUITE A HANDFUL FOR OUR DEFENCE. A LOVELY MAN. SO SORRY TO HEAR OF HIS ILLNESS
25-07-20JIM SHERIDAN

Fryatt, Jim I was brought up in Southampton next door but one to Jimmy's mum, Daisy. I am 12 years younger than Jimmy and only saw him play in his later years in his second spell at Torquay. A lovely man.
10-09-19Geoff Knappett

Fryatt, Jim Great header of the ball as good as any in the game.


Fryatt, Jim I am Jimmy’s wife of 56 years he is one of the players of his era that has CTE/Alzheimer’s. Despite this, he is in good physical shape, and has great sense of humour
Valerie fryatt

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