Dai Fitzgerald

Dai Fitzgerald

Position: Centre

Died 30/11/1951
Place Of Birth Cardiff

David "Dai" Fitzgerald [1872- 1951] was born in Cardiff who played for rugby union for Cardiff, and later switched to rugby league.

Fitzgerald first played rugby for St David's Cardiff one of several Welsh teams built around Catholic churches. He switched to Cardiff RFC, from which he played for Hiberains football club, an invitational team, made from players in Cardiff, who could claim Irish decent. In 1891 Fitzgerald was part of the Cardiff team that played host to the very first Barbarians team to play against the club.

Fitzgerald was first selected for Wales in the 1894 Home Nations Championship against Scotland which Wales won 7-0 with Fitzgerald scoring the all the points and was chosen for the next away game against Ireland which Wales lost and Fitzgerald was never chosen to play for Wales again.

Despite not playing for Wales, he still turned out for county team Glamorgan but in 1895 he changed codes and 'Went North' joining Leigh RL. In 1896 he switched to Batley RL, where he played most of his professional rugby. Fitzgerald won three Challenge Cup winners medals with Batley, in 1897,1898  and 1901. But he was involved in a legal dispute regarding his employment as a coal agent  which prevented him playing between the end of 1898 until May1890 and which seen him suspended from the game for almost two years.

Fitzgerald returned to Cardiff after his rugby came to an end, to run a marine store.   
Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 7  
Clubs: - Cardiff - Cardiff Harlequins - Grangetown Stars -
Honours: - Wales -

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