Tommy Priestley

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Tommy Priestley
Personal information
Full name Thomas James Montgomery Priestley
Date of birth(1911-03-11)11 March 1911
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Date of death 28 July 1985(1985-07-28) (aged 74)
Place of death Belfast, Northern Ireland
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
1928–1932 Coleraine
1932–1933 Linfield
1933–1934 Chelsea 23 (1)
National team
1932–1933 Ireland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas James Montgomery Priestley (11 March 1911 – 28 July 1985) was a Northern Irish footballer who played at both professional and international levels as a striker.


Personal life

Born in Belfast, Priestly wore a rugby-style skull cap to cover his premature baldness. [1]


Club career

Priestley began his senior career with Coleraine in 1928, after moving there from Cookstown. Priestley moved to Linfield in 1932, before signing with English side Chelsea just a year later. Priestley only spent one season with Chelsea - making 23 appearances in The Football League - before returning to Ireland with Shelbourne.

International career

Priestley earned two caps for Ireland between 1932 and 1933.

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