Tewfik Abdullah

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Tewfik Abdullah
Personal information
Full name Tewfik Abdullah
Date of birth 23 June 1896
Place of birth Cairo, Egypt
Playing position Inside Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Al Ahly-Sporting Club in Cairo 15 (1)
1920-1921 Derby County 11 (1)
1922 Cowdenbeath 62 (24)
1923 Bridgend Town 6 (1)
1924 Hartlepools United 11 (0)
1924-1926 Providence Clamdiggers 8 (0)
1927 Fall River Marksmen 1 (1)
1927 Hartford Americans
1928 New York Nationals
1928 Fall River Marksmen
Montreal Carsteel
National team
1940-1944 Egypt

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Tewfik Abdullah (Arabic: توفيق عبد الله) (born 23 June 1896 or 1897 in Cairo, Egypt) was an Egyptian football player[1] who was the second Egyptian to appear in the English Football League. He later played four seasons in the American Soccer League before finishing his career in Canada.

Early career[edit]

Abdullah was born in either 1896 or 1897[2][3] in Cairo, Egypt. He began his career with International Sporting Club in Cairo and played for Egypt at the 1920 Olympic Games[4] before moving to England.

United Kingdom[edit]

On arriving in England, Abdullah became one of a quartet of Egyptians[5] who played British Professional Football before World War II.[6] Ron Ferguson, in his book Helicopter Dreams,[7] tells the story that when Abdullah made his debut for Derby County[8] against Manchester City he ran onto the pitch shouting "Where's my camel?"[9] -on closer examination it was found his actual words were "Where's Mick Hammill?".[10] Abdullah then moved to Scotland to play with Cowdenbeath, then to Wales to play with Bridgend Town F.C.[3] He returned England for a brief spell with Hartlepool United,[11] before moving to the United States.[12]

United States and Canada[edit]

Nicknamed Toothpick, Abdullah signed with the Providence Clamdiggers of the American Soccer League in 1924. He spent three season with Providence before transferring to the powerhouse Fall River Marksmen during the 1926-1927 season. However, he left Fall River to join the Hartford Americans for the 1927-1928 season. Hartford lasted only eleven games that season, folding following the 23 October 1927 game with the New Bedford Whalers. Adbullah then played eight games with the New York Nationals[13] before finishing the year back with Fall River. He then moved to Montreal Carsteel of the Canadian National Soccer League where he finished his career.[3]


  1. ^ University of Leicester,Sir Norman Chester Centre for Football Research- fact sheet number 4 ( Black Footballers, section 3.4)
  2. ^ German Wikipedia lists his date of birth as 23 June 1897 de:Tewfik Abdullah
  3. ^ a b c Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4). 
  4. ^ www.rsssf.com
  5. ^ the other three were H. Hegazi, Fulham, 1910-11; Mohammed Latif, Glasgow Rangers 1935-36, M. Mansour, GK, Queens Park (Glasgow) 1938-39
  6. ^ Joyce, M "Football League Players' Records 1888–1939" Nottingham, Soccer Data Publications ISBN 1-899468-67-6 .
  7. ^ (2006) Aberdeen, Northern Books for Famedram ISBN 0-905489-53-5
  8. ^ "Abdullah's Career Details with "The Rams"". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Interview with Robert Philip, Daily Telegraph, 7 January 2007
  10. ^ Moore,C "United Irishmen" Edinburgh,Mainstream,1999 ISBN 1-84018-348-9
  11. ^ Hartlepool details
  12. ^ Mentioned in article about Giles Heron, ESPN BLack History Month
  13. ^ Alegi,M; Johnes,M:Mellor,G Book Review Soccer and Society Vol 2 No 3 Fall 2001 p 119- 135 ISSN 1466-0970