Tommy Randall

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Tommy Randall
Personal information
Date of birth(1885-03-25)25 March 1885
Place of birth Barking, England
Date of death 17 November 1946(1946-11-17) (aged 61)
Place of death Tottenham, England
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
Barking
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1906–1915 West Ham United 189 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tommy Randall (25 March 1885 – 17 November 1946) [1] was an English footballer who played as a defender for West Ham United.

Playing career

Randall was born in Barking, Essex [2] and started his football career with Barking in the South Essex League. Starting for West Ham as an amateur and playing as an inside-forward he scored on his debut against Fulham on 27 April 1907. Fans took an immediate dislike to Randall because of his slow, methodical approach to the game and he was subjected to constant barracking and was nicknamed "Old-Mother Randall". [3] On the verge of giving the game up he was persuaded to play at left half-back. He was such a success that he signed a full-time contract for 30 shillings a week and gained a reputation as one of the best defenders in the league. [3] Going on to captain West Ham, Randall made 205 appearances in all competitions, scoring ten goals. [4]

He died in 1946.

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References

  1. Marsh, Steve. "Tommy RANDALL ... (1907 - 1914)". theyflysohigh.co.uk. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 171. ISBN   1-899429-01-8.
  3. 1 2 "Tom Randall". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  4. "Tom Randall". westhamstats.info. Retrieved 24 December 2017.