Tom Maley
Tom Maley
Tom Maley
● Tom Maley (CW)

born in England

Thomas Edward Maley was born on Tuesday, 8th November, 1864, in Portsmouth, Hampshire.

The forward joined Thistle in 1884, having most recently been with Cathcart.

Aged 19, he made his first known appearance on Saturday, 27th September, 1884, in a 1-1 friendly draw away to Port Glasgow Athletic.

Tom scored his first known goal for Thistle on Saturday, 1st November, 1884, in a 5-2 friendly win away to Our Boys Dundee.

He scored the last of his 7 known goals on Saturday, 10th January, 1885, in a 2-1 friendly win at home to Port Glasgow Athletic.

He played his last game on Thursday, 9th April, 1885, in a 6-1 friendly defeat away to Arbroath, having appeared as a Jag on 11 occasions.

His club-list included Cathcart, Partick Thistle, Dundee Harp, Hibernian, Third Lanark, Clydesdale Harriers, Celtic and Preston North End.

Tom died on Saturday, 24th August, 1935, in Glasgow, aged 70.

Bio Extra

Tom, a forward, joined the Jags in 1884. He played 11 known games for Thistle, all bar 1 of them friendlies, in a season of 33 matches, with the only competitive match being the 3-2 defeat to 3rd L.R.V. in the Scottish Cup First Round.

When Tom scored his first known goal for the club, in the 5-2 win away to Our Boys Dundee at West Craigie Park on Saturday 1 November 1884, he became the first known Englishman, and indeed the first known non-Scot to score for Thistle. He was born in Portsmouth, with his father being a soldier. A hat-trick followed in the home game against Pollokshields Athletic at Muir Park on 13 December 1884.

Tom was an amateur player, worked as a school master, and became head of the Glasgow east end school Slatefield Industrial School. He was also a journalist with the Catholic newspaper, The Glasgow Observer. Tom was also a very good sprinter and athlete, and the fleet-footed outside left described himself as “Speed, Stamina, Dash – all three were mine.” He couldn’t add humility.

Tom left Thistle in 1885 to take up a teaching post. He also played for a number of other clubs including Hibs, Third Lanark Celtic and Preston North End.

He left his teaching role in 1902 to become manager of Manchester City. The newly relegated City, under Tom’s astute management made an immediate return to the First Division as league champions. An FA Cup final victory with a 1-0 victory over Bolton followed. Tom was banned from football after allegations of player payments came to light, at a time when professionalism in the senior game was being fiercely opposed. In view of the drift towards professionalism amongst many League clubs, the view among Northern clubs was of Southern bias, and that Tom had been unjustly treated.

Now reinstated (in 1910), in February 1911 Tom became manager of Bradford Park Avenue. When with the club, a local review called him “The Master Builder” in acknowledgement of his astute signings.

One of Tom’s sons, Joseph, was killed in the spring of 1916 during World War 1, when carrying out a trench raid. The death of his favourite son badly affected Tom, Despite being over age, Tom tried to enlist, but he was recognised, and his application refused. Tom also became manager of Southport, in the post war era.

His two brothers Willie and Alex also played senior football, with Willie Maley becoming a Celtic manager of renown. Tom contracted typhoid while on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, and died in Glasgow aged 70 in August 1935.



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