Chester full-back Ken Fletcher died recently in Australia
at the age of 79 after a long battle with cancer. Our
condolences go out to his family and friends.
As a youngster Ken represented
Liverpool schoolboys and signed as a professional for
Everton in August 1949. He failed to make the first
team at Goodison Park and was one of Louis Page’s
first signings when he moved to Sealand Road in July
Liverpool-born Ken made his debut at right-back, against
Gateshead, and went on to play 16 league games in the
1953/54 season as well as appearing in the Welsh Cup
Final defeat against Flint Town United.
A re-shuffle of the side at the start of the1954/55
season saw regular left-back Ray Gill take over at centre-forward
with Ken taking the former Manchester City defender’s
place in defence. However the move proved unsuccessful
and when Gill was moved back to his more natural position
Ken returned to the reserves in the Cheshire County
The emergence of John Molyneux and consistency of Ronnie
Hughes saw Ken make only intermittent appearances over
the next two seasons although he did appear in a second
Welsh Cup Final, against Barry Town in 1955. Towards
the end of the 1955/56 campaign he regained his place
at right back but was released when manager Page left
the club in summer 1956.
The next port of call was Prescot Cables but Ken later
emigrated to Australia where he played for Dandenong
City and spent the rest of his life.
Football League record
July 1953 – June 1956 Chester
First Chester league game –
v Gateshead (H) August 29th 1953
Last Chester league game – v Rochdale (H) April