Tommy Lonsdale

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Tommy Lonsdale
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Lonsdale in a Port Vale squad photo in 1923
Personal information
Full nameThomas Stewart Lonsdale [1]
Date of birth(1892-09-21)21 September 1892
Place of birth Bishop Auckland, England [1]
Date of death 17 March 1973(1973-03-17) (aged 80) [1]
Place of death Fencehouses, England [1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) [2]
Position(s) Goalkeeper, centre half
Youth career
Auckland Church Institute
Senior career*
West Auckland
Bishop Auckland
1908–1913 Grimsby Town 87 (0)
1913–1914 West Ham United 21 (0)
Southend United
1921–1923 Stalybridge Celtic 75 (0)
1923–1924 Port Vale 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Stewart Lonsdale (21 September 1882 – 17 March 1973) was a football goalkeeper and centre half. [3]


Playing career

Lonsdale played amateur football in Auckland, before joining Grimsby Town in 1908. He played 87 games in his five years at the club, leaving for West Ham United in October 1913 after Grimsby sold him to raise the funds to sign Willis Rippon. After a shaky start to his West Ham career he was dropped, later regaining his place at the beginning of December. On 14 January 1914, Lonsdale was reported missing. After he turned up, the board of directors fined him a week's wages and he was demoted to the reserve side. Lonsdale did not regain his first-team place until the end of February 1914, and that summer he was sold to Southend United, having kept goal for the "Hammers" in 21 Southern League games in 1913–14. [4] During World War I he also served in the Football Battalion. From Southend he moved to Stalybridge Celtic and then joined Port Vale in June 1923. [1] He made 31 Second Division appearances in 1923–24, beating off competition from Sidney Brown and Robert Radford. [1] However he suffered a head injury in March 1924 and was released from his contract at The Old Recreation Ground in the summer. [1]

Career statistics

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupTotal
Grimsby Town 1908–09 [5] Second Division 100010
1909–10 [5] 16000160
1910–11 [5] 000000
1911–12 [5] 36000360
1912–13 [5] 33010340
1913–14 [5] 100010
West Ham United 1913–14 [4] Southern League First Division 21000210
Stalybridge Celtic 1921–22 [5] Third Division North 38040420
1922–23 [5] 37050420
Port Vale 1923–24 [5] Second Division31000310
Career total21401002240

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