Player

Dai Fitzgerald - Centre

Dai Fitzgerald
Place Of BirthCardiff
ClubsBatley Bulldogs, Leigh Centurions, Cardiff, Cardiff Harlequins, Grangetown Stars
HonoursWales
David "Dai" Fitzgerald (1872- 1951) was born in Cardiff who played 65 times for Cardiff before he switched to rugby league. Fitzgerald first played rugby for St David's in Cardiff, one of several Welsh teams built around Catholic churches. He switched to Cardiff, from where he also played for Hibernians Football Club, an invitational team, made from players in the Cardiff area that could claim Irish decent. In 1891 Fitzgerald was part of the Cardiff team that played host to the very first Barbarians team to play against the club.
Dai Fitzgerald was first selected for Wales in the 1894 Home Nations Championship against Scotland which Wales won 7-0 with Fitzgerald scoring all the points (a try and a drop goal) and was chosen for the next away game against Ireland, which Wales lost. Fitzgerald was never chosen to play for Wales again.
Despite not playing for Wales, he still turned out for Glamorgan but in 1895 he changed codes and 'Went North' to join Leigh. In 1896 he switched to Batley, where he played most of his professional rugby. Fitzgerald won three Challenge Cup winners medals with Batley, in 1897, 1898 and 1901. After going north he was involved in a legal dispute regarding his employment as a coal agent and this prevented him playing between the end of 1898 until May1890 and which saw him suspended from the game for almost two years.
After his rugby came to an end Fitzgerald returned to Cardiff to run a marine store.   
PLAYER FOR P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
Wales 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 7
TOTAL 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 7
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 27 21 0 6 798 501 107
Llandovery 28 20 1 7 803 492 98
Cardiff 26 19 1 6 771 547 95
Ebbw Vale 28 19 1 8 671 512 90
Pontypridd 25 18 0 7 840 480 89
Aberavon 26 17 2 7 612 490 83
Newport 29 16 2 11 726 678 83
Swansea 28 15 0 13 625 552 75
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 26 12 1 13 669 556 73
Carmarthen Quins 29 13 1 15 616 544 71
Llanelli 29 11 1 17 622 710 58
Bedwas 28 10 1 17 615 786 52
Bridgend Ravens 26 9 0 17 544 651 50
Cross Keys 27 5 1 21 552 925 35
Bargoed 27 6 0 21 522 872 33
Neath 27 1 0 26 379 1069 3