Tommy Leishman

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Tommy Leishman
Personal information
Full name Thomas Leishman
Date of birth (1937-09-03) 3 September 1937 (age 77)
Place of birth Stenhousemuir, Scotland
Playing position Wing-half
Youth career
Cowie Juveniles
Camelon Juniors
1953–1954 St. Mirren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1959 St. Mirren 15 (1)
1959–1963 Liverpool 107 (6)
1963–1965 Hibernian 30 (1)
1965–1967 Linfield
1967–1970 Stranraer 62 (4)
Teams managed
1965–1967 Linfield
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Tommy Leishman (born 3 September 1937) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who played as a wing-half.

Life and playing career[edit]

Born in Stenhousemuir, Scotland, Leishman played for St Mirren before Liverpool signed him for £10,000 on 20 November 1959. He made his debut a month later in a 2–0 2nd Division win over Charlton Athletic at Anfield. His first goal came in the 11th minute of a league match at The Dell on 24 August 1960, unfortunately it turned out to be a consolation as the Saints hit 4 past the Reds backline.

Leishman, like new manager Bill Shankly, joined Liverpool in November 1959 from St Mirren, where he had won a Scottish Cup winners medal the previous May, St Mirren having beat Aberdeen 3–1 in the Hampden Park final. Tommy had a great touch but he was also a driving force in the middle of the park, he settled in well and appeared 17 times in the remainder of the 1959–60 season.

He followed this by missing just three fixtures in his first full season with the club as Liverpool missed out on promotion, finishing third for the fifth straight season. The following year they finally achieved their goal as they finished eight points clear of second placed Leyton Orient with Leishman missing just one game. He had been a regular for the club during its Second Division days, but found himself reduced to 11 appearances during the first half of the season as the club returned to the big time and he was allowed to leave during January 1963.

Leishman returned to Scotland and joined Hibernian for the same amount the Reds paid for him, £10,000. He failed to secure a regular place in the Hibs first team and he joined Irish League side Linfield as their player-manager. He was named as the Ulster Footballer of the Year for the 1965/66 season. He returned to Scotland with Stranraer, where he ended his career.

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