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Tom Gardner

Aston Villa FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 0 L 1 F 2: A 2
50% successful

1934-35

disciplined: none
Captain:
none
minutes played:
180

Profile

Full name Thomas Gardner
Born 18 July 1910 in Huyton, Liverpool, Lancashire [registered in Liverpool, September 1910].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, eight-month old Thomas was the youngest of four children to Welsh father Joseph, and Margret.  With one servant, they live at 5 Nicholas Street in Bevington, Liverpool. His father is a general labourer.

According to the 1939 register, Thomas, a furniture van driver, is married to Sarah, and they live at 12 Charters Street in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool.
Married to Sarah A, Dunne (b.30 June 1911) [registered in Liverpool, March 1933].
Died January to March 1970, aged 59 years n/k days [registered in Chester, March 1970]. Cannot be May 1970, as one source states!
Height/Weight 5' 8", 10st. 3lbs [1928 & 1929]. 5' 9", 11st. 4lbs [1934].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Gardner began his junior football career playing with Marine FC and Orrell FC, within Liverpool. Liverpool FC did sign him on amateur forms in 1928, turning professional in 1929. However, after just five league outings, Grimsby Town FC signed Gardner on 4 May 1931, where he made just thirteen league appearances. Hull City FC signed both Gardner and WT Bell on 10 May 1932 for a 'modest' transfer fee, making 66 league appearances and scoring twice. Aston Villa FC then finally got their man on 22 February 1934 for a 4500 transfer fee, they had been chasing him sign the turn of the year. After 74 league appearances, and one goal, Burnley FC signed Gardner on 7 April 1938. During WWII, he guested for Blackpool FC and Southport AFC in 1944. On 13 December 1945, following 39 league appearances and three goals, Gardner was signed by Wrexham AFC as an outside-right and player-coach, breaking their transfer fee paid record in the process. He made 33 league appearances and scored four goals. He was the player-manager for Wellington Town FC from 1948 until 1951, playing alongside his son, Keith. Signed as player-manager at Oswestry Town FC on 19 January 1952 until mid-1954.
Club honours Football League Division Three (North) winners 1932-33; Division Two winners 1937-38;
Individual honours Football League (1939)
Distinctions On 27 September 1932, won a throw-in competition, organised by the Daily Mail, with a throw of 32 yards and two inches. Rotherham United FC's J.C. Johnson came second with a throw of 30yds 2ft 4ins. Newcastle United FC's Sam Weaver, reputed to have the longest throw at the time, did not enter.

Source

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

England Career

Player number One of two who became 598th players (598) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
First match No. 193, 16 May 1934, Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Stadión Letná, Milady Horákové, Praha, aged 23 years 302 days.
Last match No. 198, 18 May 1935, Netherlands 0 England 1, a friendly match at Olympisch Stadion, Stadionbuurt, Amsterdam, aged 24 years 304 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After leaving Oswestry, he became the assistant trainer at Chester City FC from 1954 until May 1967, afterwhich he continued as a steward at Sealand Road. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.104.

 

Tom Gardner - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
7 2 0 180 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.

 

Tom Gardner - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - Friendly 2 1 0 1 2 2 =0 0 1 1.00 1.00 50.0 +0
All 2 1 0 1 2 2 =0 0 1 1.00 1.00 50.0 +0


Tom Gardner - Match History

 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 23
192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1, Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest tour AL reserve
1 193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 1, Stadión Letná, Praha AL Start rh

Age 24
194 29 September 1934 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW reserve
195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW reserve
196 6 February 1935 - England 2 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC HW reserve
197 6 April 1935 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL reserve
2 198 18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW Start rh
  

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