Tom Cairns

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Personal information
Full name Thomas Cairns [1]
Date of birth 1896 [1]
Place of birth Chopwell, England [2]
Date of death 13 October 1917 (aged 21) [3]
Place of death near Arras, France [2]
Position(s) Inside left
Senior career*
0000–1913 Chopwell Villa
1913–1914 Newcastle City
1914–1917 Newcastle United 1 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Cairns (1896 – 13 October 1917) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Newcastle United as an inside left. [1] [4]


Personal life

Prior to joining Newcastle United, Cairns worked as a driver. [2] He enlisted as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery in 1915, during the First World War. [2] Serving in 'Z' 61st Trench Mortar Battery, he saw action at Fromelles and at the Third Battle Of Ypres and rose to the rank of corporal. [2] [5] Cairns was killed east of Arras on 13 October 1917, during the build-up to the offensive on Cambrai. [2] He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. [3]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupTotal
Newcastle United 1914–15 [2] First Division 100010
Career total100010

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