|Date of birth||10 October 1896|
|Place of birth||Washington, England|
|Date of death||1983 (aged 86–87)|
|Playing position||Outside left|
|1921–1924||West Ham United||36||(2)|
|1929–19??||Tunbridge Wells Rangers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Thirlaway was born in Washington, which was then in County Durham. He began his career at non-league side Usworth Colliery before moving into league football when he signed for West Ham United in 1921. He spent three years at the club before moving to Southend United in 1924. His stay at the club was short and he went on to play for another three clubs in the next two years, namely Luton Town, South Shields and Birmingham.
In March 1927 he joined Cardiff City, making his debut in a 2–2 draw with Sunderland. Thirlaway had joined the club during the season that they would go on to win the FA Cup, but he was unable to play any part in the triumph as he had made an appearance in the competition for Birmingham before joining Cardiff. He was able to play in the Charity Shield win, when Cardiff beat Corinthians 2–1. He left the club at the end of the 1928–29 season and returned to non-league football with Tunbridge Wells Rangers.
|This biographical article related to association football in England, about a forward born in the 1890s, is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|