Tommy Barber

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Tommy Barber
Personal information
Full nameThomas Barber [1]
Date of birth(1888-02-20)20 February 1888 [2]
Place of birth West Stanley, England
Date of death 18 September 1925(1925-09-18) (aged 37) [2]
Place of death Nuneaton, England [2]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) [3]
Position(s) Half back, inside left
Senior career*
1905–1906 Shankhouse
1906–1907 West Stanley
1907–1908 Hamsterley
1908–1912 Bolton Wanderers 102 (14)
1912–1919 Aston Villa 57 (9)
1917Brentford (guest)
1918Celtic (guest) 4 (0)
1918Partick Thistle (guest) 1 (1)
1919Linfield (guest)
1919Belfast Celtic (guest)
1919Distillery (guest)
1919 Stalybridge Celtic
1919–1920 Crystal Palace 20 (7)
1920 Merthyr Town 2 (0)
1920 Ton Pentre
1920 Pontypridd
1921–1922 Walsall 5 (2)
1922–1923 Darlaston
1923–1924 Hinckley United
1924–1925 Barwell United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Barber (20 February 1888 – 18 September 1925) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Merthyr Town and Walsall as a half back or inside left. [1] [4] [5] [6] [7] He scored the winning goal for Aston Villa in the 1913 FA Cup Final. [8]


Personal life

Barber attended Todd's Nook School. [9] He served as a private in the Football Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment during the First World War and saw action at Delville Wood and Waterlot Farm in the summer of 1916, [2] before suffering gunshot wounds to the legs at Guillemont. [10] Barber was evacuated to Britain and after recovering in Aberdeen, [10] he spent another period in hospital suffering from pleurisy. [11] He was later transferred to the Labour Corps and also worked in a munitions factory in Glasgow. [2] Barber died of tuberculosis in 1925. [2]


Bolton Wanderers

Aston Villa

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupTotal
Bolton Wanderers 1908–09 [2] Second Division 20200202
1909–10 [2] First Division 15110161
1910–11 [2] Second Division17510185
1911–12 [2] First Division38430414
1912–13 [2] 122122
Aston Villa 1912–13 [12] First Division15251203
1913–14 [12] 28450334
1914–15 [12] 14310153
Celtic (guest) 1918–19 [9] Scottish League First Division 4040
Partick Thistle (guest)1918–19 [9] Scottish League First Division1111
Crystal Palace 1919–20 [2] Southern League First Division20700207
Merthyr Town 1920–21 [2] Third Division South 200020
Walsall 1921–22 [2] Third Division South521062
Career total1913317120834

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