Barrie Thomas

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Barrie Thomas
Personal information
Date of birth (1937-05-19) 19 May 1937 (age 80)
Place of birth Measham, England
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
1952–1954 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1954–1957 Leicester City 7 (3)
1957–1959 Mansfield Town 72 (48)
1959–1962 Scunthorpe United 91 (67)
1962–1964 Newcastle United 73 (48)
1964–1966 Scunthorpe United 52 (26)
1966–1968 Barnsley 43 (19)
Total 338 (211)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Barrie Thomas (born 19 May 1937) is an English former professional footballer who played as an centre forward. Over the course of his career, Thomas made a total of 338 appearances in the Football League for five clubs over a period of fourteen years, scoring 211 goals.[1]

Early life[edit]

Barrie Thomas was born on 19 May 1937 in Measham, Leicestershire.[1]

Career[edit]

Thomas began his career as a youth player with Leicester City.[1] His senior career began with Leicester City as a seventeen-year-old in 1954, but over the next three seasons, Thomas only managed to play in seven league games, scoring three league goals in the process.[2] Thomas moved to Mansfield Town in 1957, and spent two seasons with the club, scoring 48 league goals in 72 league games.[3] Thomas' next club was Scunthorpe United, moving there in 1959. Thomas' form in the 1961–62 season saw him score 30 league goals in 22 league games by Christmas 1961,[4] and a total of 31 goals in 24 games in all competitions.[5] Thomas' goalscoring record attracted attention from First Division clubs including Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers and Fulham.[4] Leeds United had a bid of £30,000 rejected by the Scunthorpe United board of directors.[4] However, Thomas was eventually sold to Newcastle United in January 1962 in a part-exchange deal, which saw John McGuigan moving in the opposite direction.[4] Newcastle also paid Scunthorpe either £35,000,[4] or £45,000.[6] In his three seasons at Scunthorpe, Thomas scored 67 league goals in 91 league games.[7] Thomas' exit had a detrimental effect on Scunthorpe United's season; attendances at their home matches fell by 20% after Thomas left,[4] and the club dropped from 1st to 4th in the League.[5] Thomas spent two years at Newcastle United, scoring 48 goals in 73 games,[8] before returning to Scunthorpe in 1964. Thomas spent a further two years at Scunthorpe, scoring 26 goals in 52 games in his second spell with the club.[7] Thomas' final club was Barnsley, where he scored 19 goals in 43 games over two years,[9] before retiring in 1968 because of injury.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Player profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "LEICESTER CITY : 1946/47 – 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "MANSFIELD TOWN : 1946/47 – 2007/08". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f George Young (21 January 2005). "Scunthorpe United 1961–62". When Saturday Comes. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Highs & Lows". Scunthorpe United F.C. official website. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Paul Newman (5 January 2005). "Princes of prudence face kings of cash". The Independent. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "SCUNTHORPE UNITED : 1950/51 – 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  8. ^ "NEWCASTLE UNITED : 1946/47 – 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "BARNSLEY : 1946/47 – 2008/09". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 12 October 2009.