Thomas Porteous (footballer)

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Thomas Porteous
Personal information
Full name Thomas Stoddard Porteous
Date of birth c.1864
Place of birth Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Date of death 23 February 1919
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Heart of Midlothian
1884–1889 Kilmarnock
1889–1894 Sunderland 79 (0)
1894–1895 Rotherham Town 19 (0)
1896 Manchester City 5 (0)
1896 Rotherham Town 2 (0)
National team
1891 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Stoddard Porteous (c.1864 – 23 February 1919) was an English footballer who played as a right back, for Sunderland and also one appearance for England.


Early career[edit]

Although born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Porteous started his football career north of the border with Hearts before joining Kilmarnock in 1884.[1]


In 1889 Porteous arrived at Sunderland after gaining a high reputation in Scotland, and joining what was to become known as the team of all talents. He made his debut on 18 January 1890 in a FA Cup match against Blackburn Rovers, but had to wait until 13 September before making his League debut. He soon became a fixture in the side, appearing in all 22 league matches in 1890–91. This was Sunderland's first season in the Football League at the end of which they finished in seventh place, with a team consisting mainly of Scottish players.

The following season Sunderland dominated the league, taking the title by a margin of five points, with Porteous missing only one match. Porteous was again an ever present figure in the 1892–93 season[2] when Sunderland took the Football League title for the second consecutive season, this time by a substantial 11 point margin.

Although he started the 1893–94 season, after two matches he lost his place to Peter Meehan, a Scottish international who had recently been signed from Celtic.[3] Porteous left Sunderland at the end of the season, moving to Rotherham Town where he spent two seasons, also spending a few months with Manchester City.


Porteous' England call-up came in the 1890–91 season against Wales, when England won 4–1 at Newcastle Road, Sunderland in the 1891 British Home Championship.[4] The Wales game was Porteous' only game for England, which was also the first international game in Sunderland.




  1. ^ Graham Betts (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 194. ISBN 1-905009-63-1. 
  2. ^ "Tom Porteous". Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  3. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England - A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 250. ISBN 1-84426-035-6. 
  4. ^ "England 4 - Wales 1". England Stats. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 

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