Lil Fuccillo

Lil Fuccillo

Infobox Football biography
playername = Lil Fuccillo

fullname = Pasquale Fuccillo
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1956|5|2
cityofbirth = Bedford
countryofbirth = England
dateofdeath =
cityofdeath =
countryofdeath =
height =
position = Midfielder
currentclub = Newcastle United (Chief Scout)
youthyears =
youthclubs =
years = 1974–1983
clubs = Luton Town
Tulsa Roughnecks
Southend United
Peterborough United
Cambridge United
Wivenhoe Town
caps(goals) = 160 (24)
019 0(0)
045 0(4)
082 0(3)
00? 0(?)
019 0(2)
00? 0(?) 325 (33)
nationalyears =
nationalteam =
nationalcaps(goals) =
manageryears = 1992–1993
managerclubs = Peterborough United
Luton Town
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Pasquale "Lil" Fuccillo (born May 2, 1956 in Bedford) is a former footballer and is currently chief scout for Newcastle United.


Playing career

Fuccillo was born in Bedford to Italian parents and joined Luton Town from school. He established himself in the their starting line-up, and there was even talk of a call-up to the Italian national team. Disaster struck, however, when a tackle by Brighton and Hove Albion's Paul Clark shattered his leg. He broke his leg for a second time during his comeback match for the Luton youth team. He did manage, eventually, to regain his place in the team and played an important part as they won Second Division in 1982.cite web |url= |title= Biography of Lil Fuccillo |author=Chris Wilkinson | |accessdate=2008-07-31 ]

In 1983 Fuccillo left Luton following a contractual dispute and played 19 games for the Tulsa Roughnecks in the North American Soccer League. [cite web |url= |title=North American Soccer League Jerseys - Tulsa Roughnecks - Pasquale Fuccillo |accessdate=2008-07-31 ]

Fuccillo then joined Southend United, before John Wile brought him to Peterborough United. He helped Posh get to the 5th round of the FA Cup in 1985/86, had a brief spell as caretaker manager in 1986/87 prior to Noel Cantwell's return to the club, but was released during the summer of 1987.

He played briefly for Malta side Valletta before short spells at Cambridge United and Kettering Town. He finished his playing career at Isthmian League side Wivenhoe Town.cite web |url= |title= Biography of Lil Fuccillo |author=Chris Wilkinson | |accessdate=2008-07-31 ]

Coaching career

Chris Turner brought him back to Peterborough United in 1991 as his assistant manager, and had an unsuccessful spell as manager when Turner became chairman. He joined Barry Fry at Birmingham City as coach, and then moved back to Peterborough United to be his assistant. His third spell at Peterborough United did not last long, however, as Fry sacked both Fuccillo and coach Mick Halsall in December 1996 as an economy measure.

Fuccillo had spells as a scout for Sheffield Wednesday and as John Still's right-hand man at Barnet, but in November 2000 he returned to Luton Town as a scout. A week later he was promoted to assistant manager, but, with the club at the foot of the league, Ricky Hill was sacked within weeks so Fuccillo then stepped up into the managerial seat. Following an unsuccessful reign, Joe Kinnear was brought to the club in February as Director of Football, but took it upon himself to replace Fuccillo as manager as well. Surprisingly, Fuccillo remained at Luton Town as a coach until the end of the season. Their third manager of the season, however, was unable to save the club and Luton Town were relegated to the basement division for the first time since 1968.

During the summer of 2001 he joined United Counties League side Wootton Blue Cross as a coach for John Taylor, making an immediate impact with the team starting with a ten-match winning sequence. After a season Fuccillo linked up with Peterborough United for a fourth time as a scout, but again this spell did not last long as he moved to perform a similar role with Premiership side Everton, combined at the start with some part-time coaching at Taylor's new club St Neots Town. He was reunited once more with Taylor as he began the 2006/07 season as a coach at Ryman League side Arlesey Town, but in November 2006 joined Leicester City as chief scout.cite web |url= |title= Biography of Lil Fuccillo |author=Chris Wilkinson | |accessdate=2008-07-31 ]

On 21 March, 2008, Lil Fucillo was appointed chief scout for Newcastle United.cite web |url= |title= Lil Fuccillo Appointed Newcastle’s Chief Scout | |date=2008-03-21 |accessdate=2008-07-31 ]


External links

* [ Profile] at [ UpThePosh! The Peterborough United Database]
* [ Profile] at [ Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database]

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