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Tommy Clay

Tottenham Hotspur FC

4 appearances, 0 goals

P 4 W 1 D 1 L 2 F 3: A 4
38% successful

1920-22

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
360

Profile

Full name Thomas Clay
Born 19 November 1892 at 56 Graham Street, Leicester, Leicestershire [registered in Leicester, December 1892].

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Thomas is the youngest of four children to Thomas and Mary J., living at 144 Jarrom Street in Leicester. His father is a bricklayer. Jarrom Street was a stones-throw away from Filbert Street, home ground of Leicester Fosse.

According to the 1911 census, Tom is still living at 144 Jarrom Street with his three sisters and parents. His eldest sister, Florence, is described as feeble-minded.  Tom is now a builder's improver. The census return reveals that Thomas is one of six children in total, and that another seven had died in their infancy.

Died 21 February 1949 in Southend Hospital, aged 56 years 94 days [registered in Southend-on-sea, March 1949].
Height/Weight 5' 10", 11st. 10lbs [1921].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Began his football career playing for junior side Belvoir Street Sunday School FC. HIs local club signed him, Leicester Fosse FC in the 1911 close season. Tottenham Hotspur FC took him and Henry Sparrow south on 16 January 1914. After not 318 league appearances and 23 goals, and after not being retained on 13 April 1929, he joined their nursery club side, Northfleet FC, as a player-captain in July until 1931.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1919-20 (as captain); FA Cup winners 1920-21;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Had a trial in 1923 with the Leicestershire CCC

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 390th players (390) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 121, 15 March 1920, England 1 Wales 2, a British Championship match at Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London, aged 27 years 117 days.
Last match No. 129, 8 April 1922, England 0 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham, aged 29 years 140 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1919-20, 1921-22;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Only the second Leicestershire player to represent England, after Chris Charsley.

England Tragedy

"TOMMY CLAY HURT
"Tommy Clay, the former Tottenham and England back, is in hospital as a result of an injury received in the London raid on Friday night. This injury is not serious. The house in which he was living was wrecked."
- Sunday, 29 December 1940, The People

Beyond England

Coached St Albans City FC from the 1931 close season. Also coached HVV Den Haag from 1937 until 1939. He was a bricklayer by trade and, after leaving football, returned to the building industry in the Southend area, as well as being a licensed victualler. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.66/67.
His obituary in 1949 confirmed that in the 1930's, he was employed as a saleman by Pope & Smith of Chelmsford. - Essex Newsman Herald

 

Tommy Clay - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
4 4 4 360 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Tommy Clay - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 3 1 0 2 2 3 -1 1 1 0.667 1.00 33.0 -1
Away 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All - British Championship 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 1 1 0.75 1.00 37.5 -1

 

Tommy Clay - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1919-20 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1921-22 3 1 1 1 2 2 =0 1 1 0.667 0.667 50.0 =0
BC All 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 1 1 0.75 1.00 37.5 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 1 1 0.75 1.00 37.5 -1
All 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1 1 1 0.75 1.00 37.5 -1

 

Tommy Clay - Match History
 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 4 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 4 full capsx

Age 27
1 121 15 March 1920 - England 1 Wales 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury BC HL Start rb
Age 28
2 127 22 October 1921 - Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start rb
Age 29
3 128 13 March 1922 - England 1 Wales 0, Anfield Road, Liverpool BC HW Start rb
4 129 8 April 1922 - England 0 Scotland 1, Villa Park, Birmingham HL Start rb

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