Tommy Fraser

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Tommy Fraser
Fraser as Port Vale captain (September 2010).
Personal information
Full nameThomas Francis Peter Fraser [1]
Date of birth (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth Brighton, England
Height 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) [2]
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
2004–2006 Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
2006–2009 Brighton & Hove Albion 78 (2)
2006Bognor Regis Town (loan) 1 (0)
2009–2011 Port Vale 50 (2)
2011 Barnet 20 (0)
2011–2013 Whitehawk 26 (2)
2013 Melbourne Knights FC 8 (5)
2013–2014 Whitehawk 38 (3)
2014 Ebbsfleet United 5 (0)
2014 Peacehaven & Telscombe
2014–2015 Lewes
2015–2016 Burgess Hill Town
2016 Whitehawk 8 (0)
2016 Burgess Hill Town
2016 Bognor Regis Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Francis Peter Fraser (born 5 December 1987) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder.


Starting his career with hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion, Fraser was youth team captain and then a semi-regular in the first team for three seasons. In June 2009, he signed with Port Vale, where he was quickly made captain. He left the club in January 2011, and immediately joined Barnet. He remained with the club London club for ten months, before joining Whitehawk in December 2011. Fraser emigrated to Australia in February 2013, before returning to Whitehawk in the summer. He then had brief spells at Ebbsfleet United, Peacehaven & Telscombe, Lewes and Burgess Hill Town (over two spells), Whitehawk again and Bognor Regis Town.

Early life

Fraser at Vale Park as Port Vale captain. Tommy Fraser1.JPG
Fraser at Vale Park as Port Vale captain.

Fraser's father, Frankie, was a youth player at Brighton & Hove Albion before a knee injury ended his professional career; he went on to play for Whitehawk. [3] He is also the grandson of former Richardson Gang member "Mad" Frankie Fraser. He has said: "I couldn't tell you anything he's done and I've never read a book about it. I'm not really interested – he's just my grandad as far as I'm concerned." [4] Tabloid paper The Sun reported that when asked by a local Brighton-based journalist if his granddad ever attended his games, Fraser replied: "No, but he reads your reports and he was unhappy you only gave me six out of 10 last week." It was said that Fraser was never rated less than 7/10 by the local paper again. [5] Growing up in Brighton, Fraser attended Varndean School and Varndean College. He is an Arsenal fan. [6]

Playing career

Brighton & Hove Albion

Fraser was born in Brighton and progressed through the youth ranks at League One side Brighton & Hove Albion, where he was awarded a professional contract in the summer of 2006. In March 2006, Fraser was sent on loan to Conference South side Bognor Regis Town, where he made only one appearance. [7] On 9 September 2006, Fraser made his debut for Brighton at The New Den, coming off the bench; later in the game Fraser cleared off the line as Millwall looked to have scored, but Fraser's actions saved the club's clean sheet as Brighton won the match 1–0. [8]

Fraser started life on the wing, [9] before later taking up a position in the centre of midfield. [10] At times he was also used as a defender, a role in which he earned praise off his teammate Matt Richards in February 2008, [11] before he was offered a one-year contract two months later. [12] After 102 appearances and 3 goals for the "Seagulls", Fraser left Brighton after the expiration of his contract in June 2009. [13] [14]

Port Vale

Fraser signed with Port Vale on a free transfer in June 2009, [15] linking up with former manager Micky Adams for the 2009–10 season. [16] [17] He was appointed as club captain, after impressing in the pre-season. [18] [19] At twenty one years of age, and new to the club, his appointment came as a surprise to some, especially with more senior options in Sam Stockley, Marc Richards and Gareth Owen. [20] However, Adams had faith in the young midfielder's vocal abilities and general leadership qualities. [21] Putting in solid performances in Vale's unbeaten start to the season, he took to the field despite still suffering with an ankle injury. [22] His first goal for the club seemed to come in a 4–0 home win over Grimsby Town on 5 September. [23] [24] However, after the match Marc Richards claimed the last touch and therefore took the credit for the goal. [25] Fraser seemed to attract violence; on 25 August, Sheffield Wednesday's Francis Jeffers was sent off for head-butting Fraser, [26] two weeks later Fraser and Aldershot Town captain John Halls almost came to blows before the match had even begun. [27] He was transfer listed in late September, along with the entire Port Vale squad, after manager Micky Adams saw his team slip to a third consecutive defeat. [28] He remained club captain and a first team regular though, striking up a midfield pairing with Anthony Griffith, who he also shared a house with. [29] His performances as captain earned him public praise from assistant manager Geoff Horsfield, [30] though the fans were critical at times of his inconsistency. [31] He found himself the new focus of disgruntled supporters in early 2010, following Danny Glover's demotion to the reserves, and Marc Richards' rising goal tally. Fraser vowed to ignore the booing. [32] He also retained the captain's armband for the next season, [33] and vowed "to be more mature both on and off the pitch" in order to be a better captain. [34]

At the start of the 2010–11 season, Fraser set the club a goal of promotion, saying that "I won't be happy until I've achieved promotion with Port Vale". [6] The strong performances of Anthony Griffith and Gary Roberts left only an unfamiliar wide role for Fraser, and a minority of fans became dissatisfied with his performances on the wing and again began booing the young captain. [35] Micky Adams left the club in December 2010, and was replaced by Jim Gannon. Two weeks into Gannon's reign Fraser left the club by mutual consent so as to find first team football, preferring this option to a loan deal. [36]


Fraser signed with Barnet on a deal lasting two and a half years. [37] [38] Signed by caretaker manager Paul Fairclough, he played under Martin Allen and then another caretaker manager, Giuliano Grazioli, within the space of a few months. He played a total of fifteen games for the "Bees" in what remained of the 2010–11 campaign, as the club retained their Football League status with a final day 1–0 win over former club Port Vale at Underhill; Fraser was a stoppage time substitute in the game. [39] New manager Lawrie Sanchez picked Fraser for just six games in 2011–12, the last of which was a 4–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 24 September. Two months later Fraser left the club by mutual consent. [40] He returned to Vale Park to train under Micky Adams, though was not expected to be offered a contract at Port Vale. [41]


Fraser joined Whitehawk of the Isthmian League in December 2011, where he played alongside his younger brother James. [42] Whitehawk won the Isthmian League Division One South title in 2011–12. He made 31 appearances in the 2012–13 season for Darren Freeman's "Hawks", and was sent off in his final game in a 3–1 defeat to Harrow Borough at the Earlsmead Stadium on 23 February. [43]

He left England to live in Australia in March 2013, [44] signing for National Premier Leagues Victoria outfit Melbourne Knights FC. [45] He soon returned to England however, and re-signed with Whitehawk in July 2013. [46] He played 38 Conference South games in the 2013–14 season, helping the club to finish one point above the relegation zone.

Fraser joined Steve Brown's Ebbsfleet United, also of the Conference South, in May 2014. [47] He signed with Isthmian League club Peacehaven & Telscombe in September 2014. [48] He moved on to Lewes three months later. [49]

After leaving Lewes in February 2015, Fraser signed for newly promoted Isthmian League Premier Division side Burgess Hill Town in June 2015. [50] He signed with Whitehawk for a third time in March 2016. [51] Four months later he returned to Burgess Hill Town, [52] before he joined former loan club Bognor Regis Town in November 2016. [53]


ClubSeasonDivisionLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
Brighton & Hove Albion 2006–07 [54] League One 27130104 [lower-alpha 1] 0351
2007–08 [55] League One24040103 [lower-alpha 1] 0320
2008–09 [56] League One27121204 [lower-alpha 1] 0352
Bognor Regis Town (loan) 2006–07 Conference South 1000000010
Port Vale 2009–10 [57] League Two 38210302 [lower-alpha 1] 0442
2010–11 [58] League Two12040202 [lower-alpha 1] 0200
Barnet 2010–11 [58] League Two150000000150
2011–12 [59] League Two5000100060
Whitehawk 2013–14 [60] Conference South383000020403
Ebbsfleet United 2014–15 [60] Conference South5000000050
Whitehawk 2015–16 [60] National League South8000000080
Career total [lower-alpha 2] 19971411001702408
  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Appearance/s in the Football League Trophy.
  2. Complete statistics for Whitehawk, Melbourne Knights FC, Peacehaven & Telscombe, Lewes, Burgess Hill Town, and Bognor Regis Town unavailable.



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