Tommy Thorpe

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Tommy Thorpe
Personal information
Full nameThomas Thorpe
Date of birth(1881-05-19)19 May 1881
Place of birth Attercliffe, Yorkshire, England
Date of death 28 September 1953(1953-09-28) (aged 72)
Place of death Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Rawmarsh Athletic
−1904 Kilnhurst
1904–1905 Doncaster Rovers 31 (0)
1905–1909 Barnsley 101 (1)
1909–1921 Northampton Town 22 (0)
1921–1922 Barnsley 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Tommy Thorpe
Cricket information
Domestic team information
1913 Northamptonshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Runs scored11
Batting average 3.33
Top score6
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 November 2011

Thomas Thorpe (19 May 1881 – 28 September 1953) born in Attercliffe, Yorkshire was an English footballer and cricketer. Thorpe's batting style is unknown, whilst in football he was a Goalkeeper. He holds the record for being Barnsley's oldest player at 40 years 310 days.



He played football for Rawmarsh Athletic [1] and Kilnhurst [2] before moving to Doncaster Rovers when they were voted into the Football League Division 2 for the 1904–05 season. [2] [3] It was the worst season in the League Doncaster ever had, finishing with only 8 points in 34 games of which Thorpe played 31. [3] [4] They conceded 81 goals.

The following season, with Rovers relegated, he went to Barnsley where he remained for four seasons playing in Division 2 and famously scored a goal. [3] [5] [6]

In 1909, after Barnsley failed to meet his terms, [7] he was transferred to Northampton Town in the Southern League. After the war, he continued to play for Northampton including their first season in the Football League in Division 3 in 1920–21. [3]

Lastly he rejoined Barnsley for the 1921–22 season, [3] achieving the still held record for being their oldest player at 40 years 310 days when he played against Stoke City on 25 March 1922.


Thorpe made three first-class appearances for Northamptonshire in the 1913 County Championship against Essex, Yorkshire and Gloucestershire. [8] He had no success in these matches, scoring just 11 runs at an average of 3.66, with a high score of 6. [9] However, Northamptonshire won two of these matches, and drew against Yorkshire during which match he faced another ex-Doncaster Rovers player, Alonzo Drake. [3]

Personal life

He married Sarah Ann Fitton Wild in 1906 in Kilnhurst St Thomas Church. He and Sarah had five children, Olive, James, Emily, Eric and Kenneth. Sarah and his eldest daughter, Olive, died within two weeks of one another in 1918 during the pneumonia pandemic, both buried in Kilnhurst. [1] He remarried in 1926 to Mary Alice Elliot. He died in Worksop, Nottinghamshire on 28 September 1953.

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