Jim Fryatt, star on 1973 NASL champion Philadelphia Atoms, dies at age of 79

Jim Fryatt, who starred for the 1973 NASL champion Philadelphia Atoms, died at the age of 79 at his home of Henderson, Nevada.

Fryatt was playing for Southport when it won promotion from the Emglish Fourth Division to Third Division in 1973. In the summer, he moved on loan to the expansion Atoms along with Southport teammates Andy "The Flea" Provan and Chris Dunleavy.

In the NASL semifinals, Fryatt scored his seventh goal of the season with a penalty kick that helped move the Atoms past the Toronto Metros with a 3-0 win. But Southport recalled Fryatt and Provan before the final, which the Atoms won, 2-0, over the Dallas Tornado. (Dunleavy was suspended for the first two games of the English season and stayed with the Atoms and played in the final.)

Fryatt, who was a first-team All-NASL pick along with Provan and Dunleavy in 1973, returned to the Atoms in 1974, scoring eight goals, and finished his pro career with the Atoms in 1975 after starting the NASL season with the Hartford Bicentennials. In all, he played 18 seasons with lower division clubs in England and the NASL.

Las Vegas became Fryatt's home after one season as a coach with the Las Vegas Quicksilvers in 1977. He began the season as an assistant coach under Derek Travis, another transplanted Englishman who played for the 1973 Atoms, but became the head coach after Travis was fired in the Quicksilvers' only NASL season.

Fryatt worked as a croupier and later as a gold course mechanic. One son, Sean, was an All-American for Philadelphia Textile, which reached the NCAA Division I final four in 1981. Another son, Ed, was a professional golfer who make 105 starts on the PGA Tour.

Fryatt is also survived by his wife of 58 years, Valerie, and his daughter, Nicola James.

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