It is with great sadness that we’ve learnt of the death last week of Colin Fitzgerald, aged 63. Fitzy was a larger than life character who, having joined us straight from Chiswick School, played for the club throughout the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s.
Originally a centre forward he soon converted to a centre back when it was evident his lack of pace, lack of touch and lack of goals were not ideally suited to a role up front. However, he was a formidable opponent in defence where his strength and fearless tackling meant that many of the teams we played were without doubt intimidated by Fitzy lining up against them.
His career, mainly with the 1st team, was at a time when we were struggling to retain our status in the Premier Division and Meads adopted a competitive style in order to hold our own against more skilful teams. This suited Fitzy down to the ground and he became synonymous with the Meads fighting spirit. He developed a wide reputation both with other teams and referees, with whom he developed a great rapport so enabling him to escape a lot of yellow cards.
Fitz was also master of the practical joke and match days were a time of great fun, usually at some poor victim in the team’s expense. He was a true club legend and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.