|Full name||Thomas Younger|
|Date of birth||10 April 1930|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Date of death||13 January 1984(aged 53)|
|1955||Scottish League XI||4||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Thomas "Tommy" Younger (10 April 1930 – 13 January 1984) was a Scottish footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Falkirk, Hibernian, Leeds United, Liverpool, Stoke City and the Scotland national team.
Liverpool manager Phil Taylor signed Younger in June 1956 for £9000. He made his debut at Anfield on 18 August 1956 in a league match against Huddersfield Town. Huddersfield spoilt Younger's day by taking both points from a 3–2 win. He kept his first clean-sheet two games later at Gigg Lane as the Reds beat Bury 2–0. Younger immediately took over the No.1 jersey at Anfield and played in 43 of Liverpool's 45 matches in his first season. Younger spent three years at Liverpool, only missing six matches during this time making a total of 127 appearances.
In 1959, he was allowed to leave to take on a player/manager role at Falkirk. A back injury led to him ending his playing career, but after finding out that the injury was not as bad as first diagnosed, he signed for Stoke City in 1960. Younger played ten league games for Stoke towards the end of the 1959–60 season. He endured an awful short time at the Victoria Ground in his ten matches Stoke lost nine of them with Younger conceding 22 goals, he was released at the end of the season.
He played three matches for Welsh league side Rhyl before Leeds United manager Don Revie, who was bringing experienced players to cope with declining fortunes at the club, signed Younger in 1961. He made 42 appearances for Leeds in 13 months before retiring for a second (and final) time in October 1962.
Younger was capped by Scotland 24 times, in an unbroken sequence spanning three years. He made his debut on 4 May 1955 in a friendly international against Portugal at Hampden Park, Glasgow. The Scots were too strong for their Iberian counterparts, winning the game 3–0 and thus gaining Younger his first clean-sheet at national level. Younger also had the honour of keeping goal for the Scottish side during the 1958 World Cup in Sweden. His appearance at the finals against Paraguay was also his last appearance for the national side.
After his retirement he stayed on at Leeds as a scout before he got his first coaching role, it was in Canada at Toronto City. After his stint in Toronto he headed back to the club that set him on his way, Hibs. As well as being a talented goalkeeper he also had an astute business brain which he used in his role as, at first, a director at the Easter Road club and then chairman. Younger later became president of the Scottish Football Association, a position he held at his death on 13 January 1984, aged 53. He was survived by his wife, Mary, three daughters and a son.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total|
|Stoke City||1959–60||Second Division||10||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
|Leeds United||1961–62||Second Division||31||0||2||0||3||0||36||0|
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- Falkirk FC Managers
- Reynolds, Jim (14 January 1984). "Tommy Younger, a man who lived for football". The Herald (Herald & Times Group). Retrieved 10 January 2013.
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