Tommy Muirhead

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Tommy Muirhead
Personal information
Full nameThomas Allan Muirhead
Date of birth(1897-01-24)24 January 1897
Place of birth Cowdenbeath, Scotland
Date of death 27 May 1979(1979-05-27) (aged 82)
Place of death Helensburgh, Scotland
Playing position(s)
Senior career*
Hearts of Beath
1915–1917 Hibernian 29 (3)
1917–1924 Rangers 154 (23)
1924 Boston Wonder Workers 14 (0)
1924–1930 Rangers 137 (15)
National team
1921–1924 Scottish League XI 5 (0)
1922–1929 Scotland 8 (0)
Teams managed
1924 Boston Wonder Workers
1931–1936 St Johnstone
1936–1937 Preston North End
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Allan Muirhead (24 January 1897 – 27 May 1979) was a Scottish footballer who played for Hibernian, Rangers and Scotland. [1]


Playing career

Hibernian and Rangers

Muirhead, a forward who was occasionally deployed as a half-back, [2] was signed by Rangers for £20 from Hibernian in May 1917. [3] [4] He made his debut against his former club in a 3–0 win at Ibrox on 15 September 1917, although he did not become a regular until the following season. [5]

American Soccer League

Muirhead's Rangers career was interrupted by a brief stint in the US in 1925. Cash-rich American Soccer League club Boston Wonder Workers lured him across the Atlantic to assume the role of player-manager. [2] However, despite the presence of several other Scots, including internationalists such as Alex McNab and Barney Battles, he could not settle in Boston and returned to Glasgow after only 14 games. [6]

Return to Scotland

Muirhead returned to Rangers where he played until 1930. He scored 46 goals in 349 overall appearances for Rangers and won eight Scottish Football League championship medals [4] (he never won the Scottish Cup, playing in the lost finals of 1921 and 1929, but not in the long-awaited win of 1930). He was also captain of the club for a spell. [5]


Muirhead was capped at international level, making eight appearances for Scotland. [7] He captained Scotland in a 1–0 defeat against Ireland on 25 February 1928. [8]

Managerial career

After his playing career, Muirhead had further spells in management with St Johnstone (1931–36) and Preston North End (1936–37) and he also worked as a sports journalist. [4]

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  1. John Litster (October 2012). "A Record of pre-war Scottish League Players". Scottish Football Historian magazine.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. 1 2 Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who's Who, 1872-1986. Hutton Press. ISBN   0-907033-47-4.
  3. Hibernian player Muirhead, Thomas, FitbaStats
  4. 1 2 3 Hall of Fame | Tommy Muirhead, Rangers FC
  5. 1 2 Rangers player Muirhead, Tommy, FitbaStats
  6. Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931. The Scarecrow Press. ISBN   0-8108-3429-4.
  7. Tommy Muirhead at the Scottish Football Association
  8. "Scotland v Northern Ireland". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 27 March 2015.