Thomas Mooney
Tom Mooney
Tom Mooney
● Tom Mooney, 1930s (TTI)

born in Scotland

Thomas Mooney was born on Sunday, 31st October, 1910, in Tollcross, Glasgow.

The forward temporarily transferred to Donald Turner's Thistle in November, 1942, from his parent club, Newcastle United.

Aged 32, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 28th November, 1942, in a 3-1 defeat at home to Morton in the Southern League.

Tom scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 12th December, 1942, in a 2-1 win at home to Queen's Park in the Southern League.

He scored the last of his 4 goals on Saturday, 13th February, 1943, in a 5-1 win away to Albion Rovers in the Southern League.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 20th February, 1943, in a 2-0 defeat at home to Rangers in the Southern League, having appeared as a Jag on 13 occasions.

His club-list included Celtic, Royal Albert Athletic, Airdrieonians, Newcastle United, Partick Thistle, Albion Rovers and Morton.

Tom died on Tuesday, 15th December, 1981, in Lesmahagow, South Lanarkshire, aged 71.

Bio Extra

Mooney started his career with Royal Albert having previously been a provisional signing with Celtic without actually gaining a full-time contract with the Glasgow club. He signed for Airdrieonians in November of 1931. Mooney was a strong bustling left sided midfielder, and he had a great ability of turning games in favour of his club. He will probably be best remembered however for his ferocious shooting power, legend has it that many a net gave way to his thunderous shots which he would attempt from all manner of positions on the pitch. During his time at Airdrieonians Tom was selected to represent the Scottish League XI on two occasions in 1933 and 1935. Mooney made 279 appearances for Airdrieonians scoring 102 goals, which included 19 penalties and a number of free kicks.

Mooney became a much sought after player throughout the whole of the UK and in 1936 he joined Newcastle United for £2650. He would go on to make 81 appearances and score 19 goals for the Magpies, however his match time was hampered like so many others during the Second World War. This did allow him however to return to Airdrie on loan during this period, as well as Partick Thistle and Morton.


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