Ian Fairbrother

Ian Fairbrother (born 2 October 1966) is an English retired footballer. He spent the majority of his career in the United States.

Ian Fairbrother
Personal information
Full name Ian Andrew Fairbrother
Date of birth (1966-10-02) 2 October 1966
Place of birth Bootle, England
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Youth career
Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Liverpool 0 (0)
1986–1988 Bury 26 (3)
1987–1988Wrexham (loan) 7 (0)
1988 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0 (0)
1989 Wichita Blue
1989–1991 Wichita Wings (indoor) 34 (0)
1990 Miami Freedom
1991–1994 Detroit Rockers (indoor)
1994–1997 Detroit Neon (indoor)
1997 Detroit Safari (indoor)
Teams managed
1997 Detroit Safari (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent his youth career with Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers, but began his professional career in 1984 with Liverpool. He never played any games for Liverpool's first team, and moved to Bury on a free transfer in 1986. In 1988, he moved to the United States to play for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the American Soccer League. However, he is not listed with Fort Lauderdale's first team that year.[1] During the summer of 1989, he played for the amateur Wichita Blue in the Heartland Soccer League.[2] On 14 December 1989, he signed with the Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League.[3] In May 1990, he joined the Miami Freedom in the American Professional Soccer League.[4] He returned to the Wings in August 1990, but lost the first two months of the MISL season after having an emergency appendectomy.[5] He returned in December and played out the remainder of the season. In 1991, he moved to the Detroit Rockers in the National Professional Soccer League. The Rockers won the 1991-1992 league championship. He played only five games, scoring two goals, with the Rockers during the 1992-1993 season before losing the rest of the season to tendinitis of his Achilles tendon.[6] He returned for the 1993-1994 season, scoring 23 goals in 38 games. In 1994, he moved to the expansion Detroit Neon which played summer indoor soccer in the Continental Indoor Soccer League. Fairbrother remained with Detroit through the 1997 season. That year, the team was renamed the Detroit Safari. In August 1997, he served as the team's interim coach.


  1. 1988 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
  2. BLUE OPENS SEASON MAY 26 AGAINST DALLAS The Wichita Eagle (KS) - Friday, 2 March 1990
  3. WILLIN BECOMES NEW MAN HE'S GETTING GOALS BUT NOT PENALTIES Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - Friday, 15 December 1989
  4. 1990 Miami Sharks
  6. FAIRBROTHER IS BACK Detroit Free Press (MI) - Friday, 29 October 1993
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