Tommy Boyle (footballer, born 1901)

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Tommy Boyle
Personal information
Full name Thomas Boyle
Date of birth (1901-02-27)27 February 1901[1]
Place of birth Sheffield, England[1]
Date of death 9 January 1972(1972-01-09) (aged 70)[2]
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Bullcroft Colliery
1921–1929 Sheffield United 127 (38)
1929–1930 Manchester United 16 (6)
1930 Macclesfield Town 0 (0)
1930–1935 Northampton Town 142 (35)
1935–1936 Scarborough
Teams managed
1935–1936 Scarborough (player-manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tommy" Boyle (21 February 1901 – 9 January 1972) was an English footballer who played as a forward. Born in Sunderland, he played for Sheffield United, Manchester United and Northampton Town, winning the FA Cup with Sheffield United in 1925. He later spent a season as player-manager of Scarborough.

Playing career[edit]

Boyle was spotted playing for the Bullcroft Colliery team and signed for Sheffield United in 1921.[3] He initially found it difficult to establish himself in the first team, but over time his form improved, particularly his heading, which was a factor in him being selected for the 1925 FA Cup Final ahead of the more experienced Tommy Sampy.[3] He left the Blades in 1929 after making over 140 appearances and scoring 40 goals.

Boyle signed for Manchester United for £2,000, but failed to settle and spent only one relatively unproductive season at Old Trafford in which he made just 17 starts.[3][2] He was registered as a player by Macclesfield Town in May 1930 but by July of the same year had left for Northampton Town where he spent a successful five seasons, starting over 140 games for the Cobblers.[3]

In 1935, Boyle was appointed player-manager of non-league Scarborough where he spent a reasonably successful season before retiring.[3]


Sheffield United

Personal life[edit]

Boyle was the son of Irish international Peter Boyle who had also lifted the FA Cup trophy with Sheffield United in both 1899 and 1902.[3] After leaving Scarborough, Boyle became the licensee of the Plough Inn in nearby Scalby, North Yorkshire.[3]


  1. ^ a b 1901 Census England and Wales - Ecclesall Bierlow
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Boyle". Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Clarebrough, Denis; Kirkham, Andrew (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7. 

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