Tom Collins (footballer)

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Tom Collins
Personal information
Full name Thomas Collins
Date of birth(1882-04-16)16 April 1882
Place of birth Leven, Scotland
Date of death 30 July 1929(1929-07-30) (aged 47)
Place of death London, England [1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Position(s) Full back
Senior career*
Leven Thistle
1903–1905 Heart of Midlothian 22 (0)
1905Bathgate (loan)
1905–1906 East Fife
1906–1910 Heart of Midlothian 136 (1)
1910–1915 Tottenham Hotspur 113 (1)
International career
1909 Scotland 1 (0)
1909–1910 [2] Scottish League XI 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Collins (16 April 1882 – 30 July 1929) was a Scottish footballer who played for Heart of Midlothian, Bathgate, East Fife and Tottenham Hotspur. [3] [4]


The full back transferred to Tottenham from Hearts (where he had featured on the losing side in the 1907 Scottish Cup Final) in 1910 for a fee of £825. [5] Collins made a total of 122 appearances in all competitions for Spurs between 1910 and 1915 and scored a solitary goal for the club. [6] English football was then suspended; Collins spent time back in Scotland and made some guest appearances for East Fife. [1]

International career

While with Hearts, Collins represented Scotland on one occasion, a 1909 British Home Championship match against Wales. [7] He was selected for the Home Scots v Anglo-Scots trial match twice after he moved to Tottenham, but did not gain another full cap. [8]

Military service

Collins served in the Royal Field Artillery during World War I; he saw active service in France and in 1917 suffered near-fatal injuries in a shell blast, with his left arm and leg having to be amputated (he later had an artificial leg fitted). [1]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National teamYearAppsGoals
Scotland 190910

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  4. (Hearts player) Tom Collins, London Hearts Supporters Club
  5. Heart of Midlothian history Retrieved 4 February 2009.
  6. Tottenham Hotspur F.C A-Z of players, Retrieved 29 November 2012 Archived 15 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Mon 1 Mar 1909 Wales 3 Scotland 2, London Hearts Supporters Club
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