Former Manchester United defender John Fitzpatrick dies aged 74

Tributes have been made to former Manchester United defender John Fitzpatrick, who has died aged 74. 

Fitzpatrick was a teammate of George Best in United’s 1964 Youth Cup winning side and scored 10 goals during his time in the first-team.

He also made history after becoming the first substitute ever used by the club in a league game.

Fitzpatrick replaced Denis Law in a defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in October 1965.

An official club statement read: “Manchester United would like to send condolences to the family and friends of John Fitzpatrick, who has sadly passed away at the age of 74.

“The Scotsman will always be part of the club’s history after becoming the first substitute used by the club in a league match, replacing Denis Law during a defeat to Tottenham in October, 1965.”

Fitzpatrick’s legendary former teammate Alex Stepney tweeted: “So sad to hear that John Fitzpatrick has passed away. John was a fantastic man and a terrific footballer…RIP John, one of the good guys, all my love to family x”

Stretty News would like to send our condolences to John’s families and friends at this difficult time.

See some tributes to Fitzpatrick posted on social media below:

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