Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan
● Tom Brennan, 1930 (GIL)

born in Scotland

Thomas Brennan was born on Friday, 3rd March 1911, in Calderbank, North Lanarkshire.

The 5' 7 (10st 0lbs) forward joined Donald Turner's Thistle for a trial in May 1936, having most recently played with Stockport County.

Aged 25, he made his only appearance on Wednesday, 6th May, 1936, in a 2-0 defeat away to Celtic in the Glasgow Cup.

Tom's club-list included Longriggend Rob Roy, Brentford, Gillingham, Crystal Palace, East Stirlingshire, Leith Athletic, Tunbridge Wells Rangers, Blackburn Rovers, Stockport County and Partick Thistle.

Tom died in 1981 in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, aged 70. *

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Bio Extra

The son of Patrick Brennan (steel worker) and Bridget Brennan (née McGlaughlin).

Tom came through as a teenager with Longriggend Rob Roy and had represented Scotland at schoolboy international level. Just as he turned 17, he ventured southwards initially landing at Brentford. He spent several seasons with a number of lower league clubs in England, broken with a short return to Scotland in 1932 when he turned out for Leith Athletic and East Stirlingshire. In 1935-36, he played a full season in the Third Division North with Stockport County, his tenth and last league appearance that term being made in April 1936.

Just a few weeks later, in May 1936, Tom landed in Glasgow and tried out for Thistle. Charity Cup business was the order of the day, and Tom appeared at inside right as Thistle were edged out 0-1 at Celtic Park in the semi final. The winner came late in the match and earlier Tom had hit the bar - what might have been! Post-match, there was speculation that Tom may be signed up, and it's surprising that he never at least made the Paisley Charity Cup tie 3 days later, but no deal materialized.


Historian's note: Erroneously described all over the internet as 'Thomas James Brennan' b. 7 February 1911.

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