Walter Pless on Association Football
- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 20 March 2017
Photo: Ossie Fitzgerald as coach of Nelson [PlessPix]
Well-known football identity Oswyn (Ossie) Leigh Fitzgerald passed away in Hobart yesterday aged 70.
Ossie, as he was known to football aficionados, was a player before becoming a coach.
He coached Nelson and was actively involved as a coach and administrator of women’s football.
His daughter, Sarah, was a national representative in women’s football and one of the best female players to have graced the local game.
Ossie and Sarah had strong links with the Olympia club.
Olympia Warriors president, George Mamacas, who is in America, issued a statement yesterday after hearing of the passing of Fitzgerald.
“This morning I received the news on the passing of Ozzie Fitzgerald.
“On behalf of all at Olympia FC it is with great sadness that I express our sincere condolences to his wife Jeanette, Sarah and family.
“Ossie was a great supporter of Olympia FC and the game in general and especially loved women's football.
“His passion had no bounds.
“In his latter years, he served the club as our groundsman at Warrior Park.
“He will be sadly missed by all those that were blessed to know him.”