Tom Jarvie

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Tom Jarvie
Personal information
Full name Thomas Jarvie
Date of birth(1916-06-08)8 June 1916
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1 February 2011(2011-02-01) (aged 94)
Place of death Crawley, England
Position(s) Half back
Youth career
19xx–1935 Douglas Water Thistle
Senior career*
1935–1944 Hamilton Academical 72 (3)
1941Rangers (war guest)
1942–1943Hibernian (war guest)
1944Falkirk (war guest)
1944Third Lanark (war guest)
International career
1939 Scottish League XI [1] 1 (0)
Managerial career
1950s Crawley Town (player-manager)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Jarvie (8 June 1916 – 1 February 2011) was a Scottish professional footballer, veterinary surgeon and television personality.


Early and personal life

Born in Glasgow and raised in Douglas, South Lanarkshire, Jarvie was married with two sons. [2] [3]

Football career

After beginning his career in Junior football with Douglas Water Thistle, [4] before turning professional in 1935 with Hamilton Academical. Due to the disruptive effect that World War II had on football, Jarvie played a number of unofficial wartime games for Rangers, Hibernian, Falkirk and Third Lanark. [2] During the 1950s he was player-manager of Crawley Town.

Veterinary career

After graduating from the University of Glasgow with a degree in veterinary medicine, Jarvie moved to England to practice, where he was a colleague of James Herriot, author of the All Creatures Great and Small series of books. [2] In fact, he was instrumental in Herriot's - real name James Alfred Wight - choice of pen name as he was told by publishers that he could not use his 'practising' name as an author. They chose the name after watching Jim Herriot (former Scotland goalkeeper) in action, as it had a nice ring to it. [5] Jarvie also worked as a vet for TV show Blue Peter . [5]

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  1. "[SFL player] T Jarvie". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 "Tom Jarvie Obituary". The Herald. 14 February 2011 via PressReader.
  3. "JARVIE, Tom (1936) - Hamilton Academical Memory Bank".
  4. More Douglas Players | Tom Jarvie, A History of Football in Douglasdale, 12 July 2009
  5. 1 2 "Interview: Former Scotland and Hibs No 1 Jim Herriot on meeting the author and vet who took his name, and why he rubbed mud on his face before games".