Lil Fuccillo

Biography

Name Pasquale Fuccillo.
Born 2nd May 1956 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.
Nationalities England and Italy.
Posh debut Preston North End 2 - 4 Peterborough Utd 17/08/1985, Fourth Division.
First Posh goal Peterborough Utd 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Utd 31/08/1985, Fourth Division.
Links Lil Fuccillo's management career at Soccerbase
Lil Fuccillo's page at Wikipedia

Fuccillo was born in Bedford to Italian parents and joined Luton Town from school. He established himself in the Hatters’ line-up, and there was even talk of a call-up to the Italian national team. Disaster struck, however, when a tackle by Brighton & Hove Albion’s Paul Clark shattered his leg. Fuccillo was to suffer further heartbreak as 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 Division Two in 1982. He didn’t last much longer at Kenilworth Road, however, as he left for the United States to play for the Tulsa Roughnecks for a season following a contractual dispute. He then joined Southend Utd, before John Wile brought him to London Road. 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 Utd and Kettering Town. He finished his playing career at Isthmian League side Wivenhoe Town. Chris Turner brought him back to Posh 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 London Road to be his assistant. His third spell at Posh 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 Kenilworth Road as a coach until the end of the season. Their third manager of the season, however, was unable to save the club and Luton were relegated to the basement division for the first time in 1968.

During the summer of 2001 he joined United Counties League side Wootton Blue Cross as a coach for former Watford and Cambridge Utd player John Taylor, making an immediate impact with the team starting with a ten-match winning sequence. After a season Fuccillo linked up with Posh 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.