Tommy Callaghan (footballer, born 1886)

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Tommy Callaghan
Personal information
Full nameThomas Callaghan [1]
Date of birth 1886
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Date of death 20 February 1917 (aged 3031) [2]
Place of death Hill 60, Belgium [3]
Position(s) Outside right
Senior career*
Small Heath 0 (0)
1904–1905 Halesowen
1905–1907 Glossop 73 (8)
1907–1908 Manchester City 2 (0)
1908–1913 Partick Thistle 80 (9)
1911–1912St Mirren (loan) 18 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Callaghan (1886 – 20 February 1917) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside right in the Football League for Glossop and Manchester City. [1] [4] He also played in the Scottish League for Partick Thistle and St Mirren. [3]


Personal life

In March 1916, in the middle of the First World War, Callaghan enlisted in the British Army. [5] He served as a private in the Somerset Light Infantry and the London Regiment. [3] Whilst maintaining an artillery gun, Callaghan was killed by German shellfire during a trench raid at Hill 60, Belgium on 20 February 1917. [6] He was buried in Chester Farm Cemetery, near Ypres. [2]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupTotal
Glossop 1904–05 [3] Second Division 400040
1905–06 [3] 31410324
1906–07 [3] 38421405
Manchester City 1907–08 [3] First Division 200020
Partick Thistle 1909–10 [7] Scottish First Division 28320303
1910–11 [7] 29521316
1912–13 [7] 23120252
St Mirren (loan) 1911–12 [7] Scottish First Division18420204
Career total1732111218422

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