Inside right Stanley Nicholas Fazackerley was a young forward signed from Accrington Stanley for £50 in April 1912 and manager Ambrose Langley picked him for the last two fixtures of the 1911/12 season. City toured Scandanavia in the close season and Fazackerley scored 11 goals in a 16-1 friendly win against the Norwegians of Trondheim. This led Langley to select Stan in the first team at the start of the 1912/13 season and he scored in the opening game of the season against Blackpool. Within ten matches Stan had scored nine goals and impressed City fans and many across the wider football community. He scored consecutive braces in late December matches against Leicester Fosse and Stockport County, then sealed his place in Hull City pre-war folklore with a March 1912 hattrick against Grimsby Town in a 5-0 cuffing. This further encouraged other clubs keen on retaining his services, and Stan left City a few days later for a £1,000 fee, having scored 20 goals in just 32 starts.
Fazackerley was born in Preston and after a spell at local side Lane Ends United he joined Preston North End as a 16 year old. After four seasons in the Lilywhites’ reserves Stan headed to the USA for the Summer of 1911, signing for Charlestown FC in the city of Boston. Massachusetts. He scored 20 goals in 12 matches, then returned to Lancashire and signed for Accrington Stanley, after he failed to agree new terms with Preston.
Newcastle and Blackburn both made unsuccessful approaches for Fazackerley at the end of his time at Hull City, and he joined Sheffield United in March 1913. In the three league seasons at Bramall Lane, played over a seven year spell with a four season gap for World War 1, Stan made 119 senior starts and scored 48 goals. He assisted Sheffield United to FA Cup glory – reaching the semi-finals in 1914 and going all the way to victory in the 1915 final, in which Stan scored the secoind goal in a 3-0 win over Chelsea. During World War 1 Stan served the Royal Field Artillery and was stationed at Fulwood, which enabled him to make guest appearances for Preston, Blackpool and Chelsea. He was selected for the England squad in April 1920 but was not selected in the XI, then toured South Africa with an FA XI in 1920. In November 1920 a fee of £4,000 secured Everton the transfer of Fazackerley, by then an experienced goalscorer, and in two seasons he made 57 appearances and scored 21 goals. In November 1922 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers where his scoring form was maintained across three seasons, scoring 31 times in 77 appearances. He saw out his playing career during his mid-30s with spells at Kidderminster Harriers and Derby County (two goals in 3 starts).
After football Fazackerley returned to Preston where he was landlord at the Palatine Hotel. He retired to Sheffield in the 1940s and died in June 1946.
Date/Place of Birth: 3 October 1891, Preston
Hull City First Game: 20 April 1912, Clapton Orient H (Division Two), 20 years, 200 days old
Hull City Final Game: 15 March 1913, Grimsby Town H (Division Two), 21 years, 163 days old
Lane Ends United, Preston North End (1907-191), Charlestown (1911), Accrington Stanley (1911-1912), Hull City (1912-1913), Sheffield United (1913-1920), Everton (1920-1922), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1922-1925), Kidderminster Harriers (1925), Derby County (1925-1926)
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Career: 32 apps, 20 goalsStan Fazackerley