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Arthur Fairclough

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Born 01 Mar 1873, Redbrook, Barnsley (England)
In Charge 26 Feb 1920 - May 1927
Honours Won Promotion to Division 1: 1923-24

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Arthur Fairclough's playing career never got off the ground due to ill-health, but he became a successful adminstrator at Barnsley as they entered the Football League in 1898, and after a brief break from the game, returned as their manager to take them to the FA Cup Final of 1910, where they lost in a replay to Newcastle United. Two years later, Fairclough took the team one step further as they beat West Bromwich Albion to take the trophy.

After his success at Barnsley, he was persuaded to join Huddersfield where he laid the groundwork for the success to be achieved by Herbert Chapman. When Huddersfield chairman J. Hilton Crowther decided that a Leeds-based team would be a better vehicle for his attentions, he persuaded his manager to move with him, and so Fairclough took over from Dick Ray as Leeds United manager for the club's first full season in the Football League.

Fairclough put together a useful team, and in 1923-24 he saw his side win promotion to the First Division. The following year saw the signing of the goal-scoring talents of Tom Jennings and Russell Wainscoat, to stand alongside the defensive abilities of Ernie Hart and Tom Townsley. Despite Jennings astonishing haul of 35 goals in 42 games, 1926-27 saw the side relegated and Fairclough resigned in the close season. He briefly returned to management with Barnsley in 1929, but resigned after a year in the job.

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