Tom Callaghan

Tom Callaghan
Tom Callaghan
● Tom Callaghan (FFW)

born in England

Thomas Callaghan was born in 1885 in Birmingham. *

The forward signed for George Easton's Thistle on Saturday, 7th August, 1909, having most recently been with Manchester City.

Aged 23 or 24, he made his debut appearance on Monday, 16th August, 1909, in a 2-1 defeat away to Morton in the SFL First Division.

Tom scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 18th September, 1909, in a 3-1 win at home to Dumbarton Harp in the Scottish Qualifying Cup.

He scored the last of his 11 goals on Saturday, 17th August, 1912, in a 2-1 defeat away to Kilmarnock in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 1st April, 1913, in a 3-2 defeat away to Third Lanark in the Glasgow & District Mid-Week League, having appeared as a Jag on 98 occasions.

His club-list included Small Heath, Halesowen Town, Glossop, Manchester City, Partick Thistle and St Mirren.

Tom died on Monday, 20th February, 1917, in Zillebeke, West-Vlaanderen, aged 31 or 32. *

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Bio Extra

Outside right Tom was born in Birmingham in 1885, he started playing with local sides Small Heath and Halesowen Town before quickly moving to Glossop in the Peak District, where his career took off. Described as a “pacy winger”, Tom spent the 1904-05 and 1905-06 seasons at North Road. He moved onto Manchester City, and then onto Firhill in August 1909. Tom’s first goal of 11 scored during his Jags’ career was during the 3-1 win against Dumbarton Harp on 18 September 1909. If this Scottish Qualifying Cup game rings a bell, it’s because this was the first match at Firhill Stadium. Alex Raisbeck scored Thistle’s first goal at Firhill, a penalty after Harp had gone 1-0 up. Tom put the Jags 2-1 up in 55 minutes, with Alex Raisbeck scoring a second penalty to wrap up the game. Tom went on to play for Thistle on 98 occasions. He spent the 1909-10 and 1910-11 seasons at Firhill, moved to St Mirren for the 1911-12 season, but returned to Firhill for the 1912/13 season.

He enlisted in the Somerset Light Infantry, but moved to 1/20 London Regiment (Blackheath and Woolich). This regiment saw action at Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Loos and Vimy Ridge, where Canadian forces were heavily involved in a hard won victory. There is an elegant memorial to the Canadians at the Ridge, which can be seen for miles around. The regiment moved to the Ypres Salient, and during a trench raid at Hill 60 on 20 February 1917, Tom was killed by shellfire during what was regarded as a successful raid.

We commemorate his life in our feature piece, The Partick Thistle Fallen →.



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