On the road to the top


July 4, 1973
Four former schoolboy stars have signed as apprentice professionals with Liverpool. Tom Saunders, the club’s youth development officer said: “They have been with us for some time on associated schoolboy forms and had a prolonged period of assessment by the staff before they were signed.”

The four are: David Fairclough, a 16-years-old forward, who played for Liverpool Schoolboys while at Evered High School and is also a product of the Cantrill Farm Junior Football League.

Jimmy Fitzsimmons, also 16, a midfield player who was at the Salesian College in Bootle.

Tony Dilworth, aged 15, from Preston. A midfield player with Preston Schoolboys, his brother was a professional with Preston North End.

Ronnie Madine, aged 16, another midfield player, who played for Liverpool Schoolboys while at Anfield Comprehensive.

Mr. Saunders said that Fairclough and Madine had stayed at school an extra year because their teachers felt that they would benefit by taking C.S.E. or O Level examinations.

“We were happy to fall in with this” said Mr. Saunders, “and, of course, the boys will be continuing their studies while they are apprentices.”
(Source: Liverpool Echo: July 4, 1973; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

Left to right: David Fairclough, Jimmy Fitzsimmons, Tony Dilworth and Ronnie Madine.

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