Tommy Sword

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Tommy Sword
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Full nameThomas William Sword [1]
Date of birth (1957-11-12) 12 November 1957 (age 63) [1]
Place of birth Newcastle-upon-Tyne, [1] England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) [2]
Playing position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Bishop Auckland
1979–1986 Stockport County 238 (51)
1986–1987 Hartlepool United 18 (0)
1987Halifax Town (loan) 8 (2)
1987 Stockport County 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 17:01, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:01, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

Thomas William Sword (born 12 November 1957) is a former professional football defender, who played primarily for Stockport County and has since been inducted into their Hall of Fame.



Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sword started his professional footballing career with Stockport County after making a name for himself as a free-scoring striker in the Northern Football League with Bishop Auckland. He started in good form at County, scoring twice in a 2–1 win over Hartlepool United on his full debut, but was soon asked to play in defense when County were short due to injuries. Sword enjoyed a successful transition from striker to defender, playing out the remainder of his career at the back. Despite playing from defense, he maintained a good scoring record thanks mostly to converting a remarkable 25 penalties. Sword was transferred to Hartlepool for £5,000 in July 1986, but after an appalling spell (he is often referred to as one of Pools' worst ever players) he soon returned to County for a brief stint to finish his footballing career.

He was very well regarded at County, and was awarded a testimonial against Manchester City soon after finishing playing professionally. In April 2005 he was inducted into Stockport's hall of fame. [3]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Tommy Sword". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. Dunk, Peter, ed. (1987). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1987–88. London: Queen Anne Press. p.  344. ISBN   978-0-356-14354-5.
  3. Stockport County Hall of Fame Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine