Tom Carnaby

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Tom Carnaby
Personal information
Full name Thomas Easton Carnaby
Date of birth (1913-12-25)25 December 1913
Place of birth Newsham, Northumberland, England
Date of death July qtr. 1971 (aged 57)
Place of death Hendon, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Half back
Youth career
New Delaval United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1938 Blyth Spartans
1938–1939 Southampton 14 (0)
1947–19?? Andover
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas Easton "Tom" Carnaby (25 December 1913 – 1971) was an English professional footballer who played as a half back for Southampton in the final season before the Second World War.

Football career[edit]

Carnaby was born in Newsham, near Blyth, Northumberland[1] where he worked as a coal-miner at New Delaval Colliery, and played for the pit team, before joining Blyth Spartans in 1933.[2] He helped Blyth Spartans win the North Eastern League title in 1935–36.[2]

In May 1938, he moved to the south coast to join Southampton of the Football League Second Division. Described as "a brawny centre-half", Carnaby was used as cover for David Affleck.[2] Carnaby made his first-team debut when he replaced Affleck for the match at Tottenham Hotspur on Christmas Eve, 1938 (the day before his 25th birthday).[2] Carnaby retained his place at centre-half for the next five matches, including a 4–1 defeat at non-league Chelmsford City in the FA Cup. After Affleck's return, Carnaby was switched to right-half for four matches, replacing Ray Parkin. His final run of matches came when he replaced Norman Chalk at centre-half for the last four matches of the season.[3]

Later career[edit]

Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Carnaby was released by the Saints and joined the Southampton police, playing for their War Reserve side. After the war, he joined Andover for a short time.[2]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 48. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  3. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. p. 101. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 

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