Tom Connaboy

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Tom Connaboy
Personal information
Full name Thomas Connaboy [1]
Date of birth(1911-11-10)10 November 1911 [2]
Place of birth Straiton, Scotland
Date of death 1974 (aged 6263)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [3] [4]
Position(s) Inside right
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
19??–1934 Arniston Rangers
1934–1937 Arbroath
1937 Leith Athletic
1937 Darlington 1 (0)
1937–1938 Alloa Athletic
1938–19?? Bangor City
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Connaboy (10 November 1911 – 1974) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Scottish League for Arbroath, Leith Athletic and Alloa Athletic, in the English Football League for Darlington, in Scottish Junior football for Arniston Rangers, and in the Lancashire Combination for Bangor City. He played mainly at inside right, but also at inside left and wing half.

Life and career

Connaboy was born in 1911 in Straiton, Scotland. [2] He began his football career with junior club Arniston Rangers. After a successful trial with Arbroath in December 1934, in which he played at inside right in the Division Two match against Raith Rovers, he moved into senior football. [5] He played infrequently, and failed to impress the commentators, who suggested his ability was not reflected in his performance. He assisted Arbroath to a second-place finish in his first season, and was retained for the 1935–36 Division One campaign. [3] He was used less in the forward line than at right half: he was reported to have "put up a good show" in that position against Celtic, albeit in a 5–0 defeat, [6] and "The Rover", writing in the Arbroath Herald after Connaboy had left the club, reported that "it looked to many towards last back-end as if he was going to blossom forth as a nifty right-half". [7] His appearances continued sporadically: his first outing of the 1936–37 season was not until December, [8] and in January, "The Rover" suggested that in light of only 24 matches spread over two years with the club, "it is scarcely to be expected that he can be a positive star whenever he is drafted into active service", but that his recent run of games had made a clear improvement. [9] The club's decision to omit his name from their retained list at the end of the season was not entirely popular. [7]

After a trial with English club Wolverhampton Wanderers in August came to nothing, [7] Connaboy played a few games for Leith Athletic in Division Two. It was reported that he had not actually signed for the club, but was considering offers from Airdrieonians and English club Hull City as well as from Leith. [10] In October, he moved to England to join Third Division club Darlington. [4] He played just once, against Halifax Town on 6 November, [1] [11] and was back in Scotland by December. After a spell in Division Two Alloa Athletic, during which he scored against Raith Rovers in a 6–3 loss, [12] he moved into the Lancashire Combination with Bangor City ahead of the 1938–39 season. [13]

Connaboy died in 1974. [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 58. ISBN   978-1-899468-67-6.
  2. 1 2 3 "Player search: Connaboy, T (Thomas)" . English National Football Archive. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  3. 1 2 "En Passant" . Arbroath Herald. 26 July 1935. p. 9 via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. 1 2 "Sports Review" . Northern Daily Mail. West Hartlepool. 9 October 1937. p. 7 via British Newspaper Archive.
  5. 'Don John' (20 December 1934). "Sports Section. Gayfield newcomer" . Courier and Advertiser. Dundee. p. 9 via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. "En Passant" . Arbroath Herald. 6 December 1935. p. 7 via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. 1 2 3 'The Rover' (6 August 1937). "Senior Sidelights" . Arbroath Herald. p. 7 via British Newspaper Archive. Tommy Connaboy, whose play in some games last season seemed to justify another spell at Gayfield, has been asked by Wolverhampton Wanderers to play a trial. It will be a feather in Connaboy's cap if he succeeds in persuading "Wolves" to hold on to him. It is not beyond him to do it, for it looked to many towards last back-end as if he was going to blossom forth as a nifty right-half. Signed as an inside right from Arniston Rangers, he got very few chances at Gayfield, but there are many who would have liked to see him retained.
  8. 'Rambler' (22 December 1936). "Ground barter talk gets the knock" . Evening Telegraph. Dundee. p. 8 via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. 'The Rover' (22 January 1937). "Senior Sidelights" . Arbroath Herald. p. 7 via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. 'Pivot' (20 August 1937). "Raith Rovers' healthy position. Connaboy's new club" . Evening Telegraph. Dundee. p. 10 via British Newspaper Archive.
    'The Rover' (27 August 1937). "Senior Sidelights" . Arbroath Herald. p. 7 via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. "How the teams may line up" . Northern Daily Mail. West Hartlepool. 5 November 1937. p. 11 via British Newspaper Archive.
    "Darlington v. Carlisle Utd" . Northern Daily Mail. West Hartlepool. 13 November 1937. p. 8 via British Newspaper Archive. McAninley displaced Connaboy at inside-left.
  12. 'Pivot' (10 December 1937). "No. 6 of unique local derby series. Alloa's new trio" . Evening Telegraph. Dundee. p. 14 via British Newspaper Archive. Three more players with senior experience are to be tried by Alloa, and all three may play against Forfar to-morrow. They are Fitzsimmons (ex-St Bernards), Souter (ex King's Park), and Connaboy (ex- Arbroath).
    'The Judge' (20 December 1937). "Raith kept balance on the ice" . Courier and Advertiser. Dundee. p. 9 via British Newspaper Archive.
  13. 'Pivot' (21 July 1938). "Rangers' "corner" in old Airdrie players" . Evening Telegraph. Dundee. p. 8 via British Newspaper Archive.