Tom McInnes (footballer, born 1873)

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Tom McInnes
Personal information
Full name Thomas Fair MacAulay McInnes[1]
Date of birth 8 July 1873
Place of birth Bowling, Scotland
Date of death 1 December 1937(1937-12-01) (aged 64)
Place of death Dalmuir, Scotland
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Newcastle East End
Newcastle West End
1891–1892 Clyde 22 (6)
1892–1899 Nottingham Forest 167 (45)
1899–1900 Bristol Rovers 19 (9)
1900–1903 Lincoln City 79 (20)
1904–1905 Port Glasgow Athletic 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas "Tom" Fair MacAulay McInnes (8 July 1873 – 1 December 1937) was a Scottish professional footballer.[2][3]

McInnes scored 65 goals from 246 appearances in the Football League playing as a forward for Nottingham Forest and Lincoln City.[1] McInnes played in the Scottish Football League for Clyde and Port Glasgow Athletic,[4]

Life and career[edit]

McInnes moved to Newcastle upon Tyne aged 16, mainly to find work as a rivetter.[2] He played for local clubs East End and West End[1] before returning home for a season with Clyde, newly admitted to the Scottish League.[2][4]

In 1892, McInnes joined Nottingham Forest, newly elected to the First Division of the Football League as champions of the Football Alliance. He played in their first league match, on 3 September 1892 against Everton.[5] He was part of the Forest team that won the 1898 FA Cup Final, defeating favourites Derby County 3–1.[6] According to The Times, Forest "playing a remarkably fine game, went near to outclassing Derby County" in "an upset of public form".[7] McInnes remained with Forest for seven seasons in all, scoring 55 goals from 185 appearances in League and FA Cup.[8] During his time with Forest, McInnes attracted the attention of the Scotland national football team selectors.[2] He played in the international trial matches of 1897 and 1898 for the 'Anglo-Scots' team (Scottish players based in England), but did not earn selection for the full Scotland team.[2]

McInnes left Forest in 1899, spending the 1899–1900 season in the Southern League with Bristol Rovers.[1] He may have spent a brief period during this season with Third Lanark, though without appearing in the Scottish League.[4] McInnes moved back to England to sign for Lincoln City in September 1900. He spent three seasons with the club in the Football League Second Division, and was their leading scorer in the 1901–02 season, with 14 goals in all competitions.[3] He made one more appearance in League football, for Port Glasgow Athletic in the 1904–05 season.[9][4]

He died in December 1937 at the age of 64.[3]


Nottingham Forest


  1. ^ a b c d Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 74. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Mitchell, Andy (3 December 2013). "Double trouble: unravelling the careers of two footballers called Thomas McInnes". Scottish Sport History. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Thomas McInnes". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 27 April 2010.  Access individual season statistics via Season Stats dropdown menu.
  4. ^ a b c d Emms, Steve & Wells, Richard (2007). Scottish Football League Players' Records Division One 1890/91 to 1938/39. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). ISBN 978-1-899468-66-9. 
  5. ^ "The Club". U-Reds. Nottingham Forest Supporters On-line. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Mike (4 February 2009). "Rams v Forest – an FA Cup History". Derby County F.C. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Football. The Football Association Cup. The Final Tie". The Times. 18 April 1898. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "Player profile: Thomas McInnes (1892–1899)". U-Reds. Nottingham Forest Supporters On-line. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Port Glasgow Athletic Player Thomas McInnes Details". Retrieved 2016-11-27.