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Jim Fryatt
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Date of birth (1940-09-02)2 September 1940
Place of birth Southampton, England
Date of death 5 June 2020(2020-06-05) (aged 79)
Place of death Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Charlton Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1960 Charlton Athletic 5 (3)
1960–1963 Southend United 61 (24)
1963–1966 Bradford Park Avenue 101 (38)
1966–1967 Southport 39 (15)
1967 Torquay United 27 (11)
1967–1968 Stockport County 44 (28)
1968–1970 Blackburn Rovers 37 (5)
1970–1971 Oldham Athletic 76 (40)
1971–1974 Southport 108 (24)
1973 Philadelphia Atoms (loan) 18 (7)
1974 Philadelphia Atoms 20 (8)
1974 Stockport County 1 (1)
1974–1975 Torquay United 4 (0)
1975 Hartford Bicentennials 6 (1)
1975 Philadelphia Atoms 5 (0)
Teams managed
1977 Las Vegas Quicksilvers
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Fryatt (2 September 1940 – 5 June 2020) was an English footballer who played as a striker. During his playing career he was nicknamed Pancho.

Football League

A regular scorer for all of his club sides, the stockily built forward was the archetypal journeyman, spending most of his career switching between lower league sides. However whilst appearing for Bradford Park Avenue against Tranmere Rovers on 25 April 1964 Fryatt established a Football League record by scoring after only 4 seconds, the fastest goal in the competition's history. Fryatt was well regarded for his time at Stockport County, where his strike partnership with Bill Atkins was so formidable that the two have been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame as a unit. Fryatt signed for Oldham Athletic from Blackburn Rovers for a sum of £8,000 in 1970 and although he only spent 21 months at Boundary Park, he became an instant hit and legend among supporters for scoring 42 goals in 81 appearances in all competitions.


Like many of his contemporaries Fryatt appeared in the North American Soccer League during the summer months, first appearing in the 1973 season with the title winning Philadelphia Atoms, for whom he scored in the play-offs against Toronto Metros. He returned to the club the following year before finishing his career in the 1975 season initially with Hartford Bicentennials and then back in Philadelphia.


After retiring as a player, Fryatt served briefly as the assistant manager of the original Las Vegas Quicksilvers before settling permanently in Las Vegas where he worked at casinos before becoming a mechanic for a golf course. He was the father of professional golfer Ed Fryatt. He died 5 June 2020 in Las Vegas.

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