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.   
SEASON P W D L TRY CON PEN DG PTS
TOTAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM P W D L PF PA PTS
Merthyr 18 15 0 3 534 302 76
Pontypridd 18 14 0 4 638 338 68
Cardiff 18 13 1 4 551 379 67
Ebbw Vale 18 13 1 4 397 292 62
Newport 18 12 0 6 470 430 57
Llandovery 18 11 1 6 506 321 57
Aberavon 17 11 1 5 402 355 53
Rygbi Gogledd Cymru 1404 17 9 0 8 444 354 50
Carmarthen Quins 18 9 0 9 394 340 47
Swansea 17 8 0 9 371 349 41
Cross Keys 17 4 1 12 379 562 28
Bridgend Ravens 16 5 0 11 316 424 27
Llanelli 18 4 1 13 337 499 25
Bedwas 17 4 0 13 341 527 23
Bargoed 17 3 0 14 327 574 17
Neath 16 1 0 15 261 622 3