Tom Williamson (Scottish footballer)

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Tom Williamson
Personal information
Full nameThomas Robertson Williamson [1]
Date of birth 8 February 1901 [1]
Place of birth Dalmuir, Scotland [1]
Date of death 1 April 1988(1988-04-01) (aged 87) [1]
Place of death Norwich, England [1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [2]
Position(s) Half-back
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Kirkintilloch Rob Roy
1922–1923 Blackburn Rovers 19 (1)
1923–1926 Third Lanark 85 (2)
1926–1930 Stoke City 152 (14)
1931–1933 Norwich City 82 (4)
Total253(19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Robertson Williamson (8 February 1901 – 1 April 1988) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and Stoke. [1]

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Career

Williamson was a Ship's plater working on the River Clyde before he started to play junior football for Kirkintilloch Rob Roy at weekends before signing for English First Division side Blackburn Rovers. [1] Unfortunately, he never fitted in at Ewood Park and he returned to Scotland to sign for Third Lanark. [1] [3]

In 1926 Stoke City moved in and persuaded Williamson to sign for them in an attempt to gain an instant return to the Second Division. [1] Williamson proved to be a shrewd signing by Tom Mather as he displayed his quality in his first season with Stoke winning the Football League Third Division North in 1926–27. [1] He was almost ever-present in 1927–28 missing just two matches as Stoke had a good return to the second tier, finishing fifth. [1] For the next two seasons Williamson forged a fine half back partnership with both Len Armitage and Harry Sellars and this trio were a vital part of Stoke's midfield towards the end of the 1920s. [1]

In 1931 he left the Victoria Ground and joined Norfolk club Norwich City where he played for two seasons before retiring. [1] He continued to live in Norwich until his death in 1988 at the age of 87. [1]

Career statistics

Source: [4]

ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Blackburn Rovers 1922–23 First Division 400040
1923–24 First Division15100151
Total19100191
Stoke City [1] 1926–27 Third Division North 28520305
1927–28 Second Division 40241443
1928–29 Second Division33310343
1929–30 Second Division37310383
1930–31 Second Division14120161
Total1521410116215
Norwich City 1931–32 Third Division South 40120421
1932–33 Third Division South41110421
1933–34 Third Division South100010
Total82430854
Career Total2531913126620

Honours

Stoke City

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN   0-9524151-0-0.
  2. Quiz (21 August 1922). "Few big transfers in the First Division of the Football League. Blackburn Rovers". Athletic News. Manchester. p. 5.
  3. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. Tom Williamson at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)