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Tom Clare

Stoke FC

4 appearances, 0 goals

P 4 W 3 D 1 L 0 F 16: A 3
88% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Thomas Clare
Birth Saturday, 4 February 1865 in Spragg Street, Congleton, Cheshire [registered in Congleton, March 1865].
One source states he was born on 12 March, but he was Baptism on the 5th. This date comes direct from his birth certificate - Thanks to Alan Brennan.
Baptism Sunday, 5 March 1865 in Mowcop, Biddulph, Staffordshire.

According to the 1871 census, Thomas was the sixth of seven children to Thomas Charles and Elizabeth Leigh (née Cotterell) living in 4 Albert Street in Oldcott, Wolstanton. His father is an earthenware manufacturer.


According to the 1881 census, and now with three more younger siblings (the older three siblings have moved on), Thomas Jnr is a encaustic tile maker, his father still a earthenware manufacturer, all living at 21 John Street in Wolstanton.


According to the 1891 census, Thomas is one of eight children, one of them new in the past ten years, still living with their parents in Wolstanton High Street in Goldenhill. Thomas is a encaustic tile draughtsman.

Marriage to Beata Vaughan [registered in Wolstanton, September 1891]. Beata was born in Ruabon, Denbighshire in Wales.

According to the 1901 census, Thomas is now married to Beata, with one daughter, May Vaughan. They live at 25 High Lane in Burslem. He is a manager for tile spraying machines.


Not on the 1911 or 1921 census', probably in Canada. But no evidence can be found of when he emigrated.

Death Friday, 27 December 1929 in Yellow Point, Ladysmith, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada, aged 64 years 326 days [not registered in England].
Buried in Namino, Vancouver Island, British Colombia in Canada.


"LOSS TO SPORT.―Death of Mr. Tom Clare.―STOKE AND VALE―International Matches 30 Years Ago.
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Tom Clare, which occurred suddenly at his home in Ladysmith, Vancouver, on Friday. The sad news was received by cable by his relatives at Goldenhill yesterday (Sunday) morning.
"The late Mr. Clare―better known as 'Tom'―will be long remembered as one of the finest footballers the district ever produced. The deeds of that great defensive trio of which he was a member―Rowley, Clare, and Underwood―will go down in history.
"Mr. Clare was 64 years old. He was born at Congleton, but came to Goldenhill as a child, where he resided until some time after his marriage to Miss Beata Vaughan, second daughter of the late Mr. T. B. Vaughan, formerly director of Messrs. William Boulton, Ltd., engineers of Burslem. Mr. Clare was the fifth son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Charles Clare, who had a long and honoured connection with Goldenhill, being highly respected and esteemed. Several members of the Clare family still reside in Goldenhill.
"After leaving Goldenhill, the late Mr. Clare resided in other parts of the district until a few years before the Great War, when he went abroad to Vancouver with his family to take up an appointment with Messrs. Morrisons of that city. During the war he enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery, although he was above the regulation age.
"After a short period of training in Canada, he came to England for further training before proceeding to France. The vigorous life at the front proved too much for him, and he was invalided home with rheumatism, and taken to Buxton Hospital. After leaving Buxton Hospital, he was drafted back with his regiment to Vancouver. Since then he has had a period in San Francisco and Seattle. At the former place he had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Walter Bakewell, of Stoke, who was visiting there. He later returned to the Vancouver district.
"During this Christmastide Mr. Clare's relatives have received from him the usual festive greetings, which he has always maintained since going abroad.
"Mr. Clare started his football career at a very early age with Talke, but he soon joined Goldenhill Wanderers, who had a very good team in those days. Some of his colleagues of the Goldenhill team, most of which earned fame along with Tom, were Abraham Heath, Aaron Scragg, Alfred Rigby, Jacky Farrell, Walter Clare (his brother), Albert Clarke, Cornelius Cooper, A. Trickett, Bob Fox, and Turner. He then joined Stoke and curiously enough his first match for that club was against the Wanderers at Goldenhill, in a Cup-tie. Stoke won this game 1―0, and Goldenhill were captained by Mr. Clare's brother, Walter.
"Readers of 40 years or more ago will remember the sterling games 'Tom' Clare played for Stoke at the present Victoria Ground during his several years' connection with the club. The Rowley, Clare, and Underwood defence was considered one of the best in the country.
"It was this team that represented Stoke in the third round of the F.A. Cup, against Notts. County at Nottingham in 1891, when Notts. County won 1―0. It was following this game, which was refereed by the late Mr. John Lewis (who became a prominent legislator), that the penalty kick came into being. During this particular game Hendry, the Notts left back, repeatedly fisted the ball out of the goal, and at that time only an ordinary free-kick could be given. In the following season, the penalty kick came into operation.
"'Tom' Clare, along with his colleagues, Rowley and Underwood, represented their country in an International game against Ireland at Belfast, and an Inter-League game against Scotland at Glasgow. 'Tom' took part in Internationals against Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and also played for the Professionals against the Amateurs in a game on the County Ground at Stoke. His partner on this occasion was Nick Ross, the famous Preston North End player.
"He later joined Port Vales. After a year or so with them, he had the misfortune to sustain an broken leg, and this ended his playing career. In style he was forceful, with a powerful kick, and scrupulously fair, and, to use a fellow-player's remarks 'the more you met him the more you liked him.'
"Mr. Clare leaves a widow and one married daughter, to whom the deepest sympathy will be extended."
- Evening Sentinel, Monday, 30 December 1929.
"The Stoke players work black arm-bands in memory of Tom Clare, and old Stoke International, who died recently in Vancouver." - Evening Sentinel, Saturday, 4 January 1930.
[Stoke City FC 0 Swansea Town FC 1]


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], BroughFamily.org &

Playing Career

Club(s) Clare started his football career with Talke FC and Goldenhill Wanderes FC. He joined Stoke FC in 1883 and signed professional forms, the first to do so for Stoke. He made his senior debut in 1885, assisted Burslem Port Vale FC in 1886, but remained at Stoke up to 1897. On leaving, Clare rejoined Burslem Port Vale FC as their captain on 17 August 1897, competing in cup games, then had a trial with Manchester City FC in March 1898, but remained at Vale, breaking his leg in a match against Grimsby Town FC on 1 October 1898, and retiring as a player in early 1901. 
League History
217 appearances, 4 goals
Stoke FC 1888-96 198 appearances, four goals.
debut: 8 September 1888 Stoke FC 0 West Bromwich Albion FC 2.
Manchester City FC 1898 one appearance.
debut (second division): 16 March 1898 Manchester City FC 0 Newcastle United FC 2.
Burslem Port Vale FC 1898-1901 eighteen appearances.
debut (second division): 3 September 1898 Burslem Port Vale FC 2 Barnsley FC 0.
last (second division): 22 September 1900 Newton Heath FC 4 Burslem Port Vale FC 0.
Club honours Football League Alliance winners 1890-91;
Football League Division Two third place 1897-98 (one appearance).
Individual honours Football League (one appearance).
Staffordshire FA (several occasions)
Height/Weight about 6' 0", 13st. 0lbs [1897].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & ENFA.

Management Career

Club(s) Clare retired from playing with Burslem Port Vale FC in 1901, but continued to coach the players, until he was appointed as secretary-manager on 31 July 1905. He remained until the end of the 1910-11 season. However the club had liquidated when they resigned from the League on 14 June 1907.
League History
76 matches
Burslem Port Vale FC 1905-1907, 76 appearances, W24, D11 L41. Finished sixteenth in Division Two, and reached second round of the FA Cup.
Club honours None

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 157th players (158) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 36, 2 March 1889, England 6 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, aged 24 years 26 days.
Last match No. 52, 7 April 1894, Scotland 2 England 2, a British Championship match at Celtic Park, Kerrydale Street, Parkhead, Glasgow, aged 29 years 62 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89, 1891-92, 1892-93, 1893-94;
Team honours British Championship winners 1891-92, 1892-93;
Individual honours None

Beyond England

 Clare emigrated to Canada. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.65/66.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
5 4 4 360 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
4 3 1 0 16 3 +13 0 2 4.00 0.75 87.5 +3

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home British Championship 2 2 0 0 12 1 +11 0 1 6.00 0.50 100.0 +2
Away 2 1 1 0 4 2 +2 0 1 2.00 1.00 75.0 +1

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 6 1 +5 0 0 6.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1891-92 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2 0 1 2.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1892-93 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1893-94 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC All 4 3 1 0 16 3 +13 0 2 4.00 0.75 87.5 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 3 1 0 16 3 +13 0 2 4.00 0.75 87.5 +3
4 3 1 0 16 3 +13 0 2 4.00 0.75 87.5 +3

Match History
 Club: Stoke F.C. - four full appearances (360 min)

F.A. International Select Committee - four full appearances (360 min)x

Age 24
1 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start rb

Age 27
2 44 5 March 1892 - Ireland 0 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AW Start rb

Age 28
3 48 13 March 1893 - England 6 Wales 0, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW Start rb

Age 29
50 3 March 1894 - Ireland 2 England 2, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AD withdrawn
4 52 7 April 1894 - Scotland 2 England 2, Celtic Park, Glasgow BC AD Start rb