Tommy Muirhead

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Tommy Muirhead
Personal information
Full name Thomas Allan Muirhead
Date of birth (1897-01-24)24 January 1897
Place of birth Cowdenbeath, Scotland
Date of death 27 May 1979(1979-05-27) (aged 82)
Place of death Helensburgh, Scotland
Playing position Forward / Wing Half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1917 Hibernian
1917–1924 Rangers 154 (49)
1924–1925 Boston Wonder Workers 14 (0)
1925–1930 Rangers 125 (13)
National team
1921–1924 Scottish League XI 5 (0)
1922–1929 Scotland 8 (0)
Teams managed
1924–1925 Boston Wonder Workers
1931–1936 St. Johnstone
1936–1937 Preston North End
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Thomas "Tommy" Allan Muirhead (24 January 1897 in Cowdenbeath, Fife – 27 May 1979 in Helensburgh) was a Scottish footballer who played for Hibernian, Rangers and Scotland.


Hibs and Rangers[edit]

Muirhead, a forward who was occasionally deployed as a half-back,[1] was signed by Rangers for £20 from Hibernian in May 1917. He made his debut, ironically against his former club, Hibs in a 3-0 win at Ibrox on 15 September 1917. He went on to score 49 goals in 353 appearances for Rangers and won 8 championship medals. He was also captain of the club for a spell.

American Soccer League[edit]

Muirhead's Rangers career was interrupted by a brief stint in the United States in 1925. Cash-rich American Soccer League club Boston Wonder Workers lured him across the Atlantic to assume the role of player-manager.[1] However, despite the presence of several other Scots, including internationalists such as Alex McNab and Barney Battles, he could not settle in Boston and returned to Glasgow after only 14 games.[2]


Muirhead returned to Rangers where he played until 1930.

National team[edit]

Muirhead was capped at international level, making 8 appearances for Scotland including captaining his country in a 1-0 defeat to Ireland on 25 February 1928.


After his playing career, Muirhead had further spells in management with St Johnstone (1931–36) and Preston North End (1936–37) and he also worked as a sports journalist.


  1. ^ a b Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4. 
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931. The Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3429-4.