Monday, July 14 – 1952
Willie Fagan, whom Liverpool placed on the open-to-transfer list at the end of last season, is to become player-manager of Weymouth, members of the Southern League in which they were runners’ up last season. He has been negotiated with them for some time, and last night accepted their terms. He is going south to complete the signing forms this week-end.
As Fagan is joining a non-Football League side, Liverpool get no fee, but in any case the figure they had on him was a purely nominal one.
Fagan signed for Liverpool from Preston North End in 1937, after previous service with Glasgow Celtic. He has made just over 150 peace-time League appearances, scoring 45 goals and has figured in two Cup Finals, one for Preston in 1937 – and the other for Liverpool against Arsenal in 1950.
During the war he played in three international games for Scotland. Six months ago he went as player-coach to Belfast Distillery, but relinquished that post owing to the recurrence of an old knee injury. He has now completely recovered.
During the past two season Fagan has made only rare appearances in Liverpool’s team, but has played frequently in the Central League side, where his experience and coaching have been of much value to the younger players. He was captain of the Anfield side during their 1946-47 championship season.
(Liverpool Echo, 15-07-1952)