Half-back Fairfoul was a regular in the Liverpool side in the two years that preceded the First World War.
He played in every one of the 38 First Division matches in 1913-14 and made a further 24 appearances the following season. Nine FA cup ties over the same period, including the 1914 final defeat by Burnley at Crystal Palace, brought his career total for Liverpool to 71 games.
Fairfoul along with three Liverpool players; Miller, Pursell, Sheldon and three United players, was found guilty of fixing a game between Liverpool and Manchester United on Good Friday 1915. The Bookies had laid 7-1 against United winning 2-0 which is how it ended. For his service to his country in the war Fairfoul's ban from the game along with his accessories' was lifted.
Other clubs: Lanark Athletic, Patria, Kilmarnock, Third Lanark