Interview David Fitzpatrick

DAVID FITZPATRICK

Personal Details

Club:
Port Vale FC
Full Name:
David Fitzpatrick
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
28-02-1990
Place of birth:
Manchester
Position:
Left Back
Shirt number:
24

Career

2010-2011
Northwich Victoria FC
2011
New Mills FC
2011-2012
Northwich Victoria FC
2012-2013
New Mills FC
2013-2015
Southport FC
2015-2020
Macclesfield Town FC
2020-
Port Vale FC

Interview

David, tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m 30 years old, I have a 3 year-old daughter and I have worked in Human Resources, alongside playing football for the last 10 years. The office job came to an end in August 2020 and so football is now my sole focus.

What type of defender are you ?

I’m an old school left back who likes to defend. My game is based on consistency and being reliable throughout the whole season. Keeping your game simple is often the best way.

David, you started your career at Stockport County FC before joining Northern Premier League Premier Division side Northwich Victoria in November 2010. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?

There wasn’t much difference in terms of what was happening off the pitch. Both Stockport and Northwich had financial problems at the time, however on the pitch, I did experience some success with a Northwich team that played very well together.

After an impressive season at New Mills AFC, you joined Alan Wright’s Southport on 28 July 2013. How did you experience these period ?

I knew Alan Wright from his brief spell in charge at Northwich a couple of years earlier. He kept in contact and expressed an interest in taking to Southport in the National League. I hadn’t experienced proper football at that kind of level before but I managed to take to it pretty quickly. I enjoyed playing against better players and was rewarded with a couple of England C call-ups.

In 2018, you signed a contract with League Two club Macclesfield Town FC. How important was that moment for you ?

After getting promoted with Macclesfield that year, I was delighted to sign a new contract for the League 2 club. Every player wants to be professional and finally, after years of hard work, I had finally reached that goal. It was a relief when it finally happened and a challenge I couldn’t wait to take on.

By Macclesfield, you made more than 180 league appearances. Why did you leave Macclesfield Town FC ?

I played for Macclesfield Town for 5 years and amassed a lot of appearances. I never thought about leaving if I’m honest, but with the club in such turmoil and the enforced relegation from the EFL, I didn’t know what the future was for both the club and myself. It was at that point, that I had to then consider any other possible options.

On 25 August 2020, you moved from Macclesfield Town FC to Port Vale FC. Why did you chose for Port Vale ?

I initially asked the manager if I could come in to train and get fit. I have worked with the gaffer before and he was happy to help me out. After a couple weeks, I was then made an offer to stay. The club had impressed me already and I was delighted to have the opportunity to sign.

David, what were your highs and lows during your football career?

Playing for England C is something I will always look back on with fond memories. Winning the National League with Macclesfield Town was a huge moment in my career. And also playing at Wembley in the FA trophy final in 2017, however this special moment is also a low in my career, as we lost 3-2 to York City.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever experienced in a match?

I’m not sure, but I did break my leg playing for Southport back in 2015, and carried on playing for 10 minutes thinking I could run it off.

David, what is your ultimate dream after your football career ?

I plan to join the fire service after my football career is over. It will challenge me physically and mentally, which is something I have always enjoyed.



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