Tom Wilkes (footballer)

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Tom Wilkes
Personal information
Full name Thomas Henry Wilkes[1]
Date of birth (1874-05-19)19 May 1874
Place of birth Alcester, England[1]
Date of death 1921 (aged 47)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1891–1894 Redditch Town
1894–1897 Aston Villa 66 (0)
1897–1898Stoke (loan) 5 (0)
1899–1903 Stoke 74 (0)
Total 145 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Henry Wilkes (19 May 1874 – 1921) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa and Stoke.[1]

Career[edit]

Wilkes was born in Alcester and played amateur football with Redditch Town before joining Aston Villa in 1894.[1] Wilkes enjoyed a considerable amount of success at Villa winning the English league title on three occasions as well as two FA Cup victories.[1] The best season he enjoyed was in 1895–96 as the only missed once match of Villa's title winning season. However he lost his place to Billy George and Wilkes went on loan to Stoke towards the end of the 1897–98 season.

Stoke were struggling at the bottom of the First Division and Wilkes came in and played the final five matches of the season, Stoke going unbeaten. It mattered little however as Stoke still finished bottom on goal average after finishing level on points with four teams.[1] They had to play the end of season test matches against the best teams in the Second Division in order to stay up.[1] In the final match against Burnley, both teams went into the match knowing that a draw would see them remain in the First Division and throughout the 90 minutes not a single attempt on goal was made, this led to the introduction of automatic promotion and relegation.[1]

He returned to Villa at the end of the season and played four matches in 1898–99 before re-joining Stoke on a permanent basis in 1899. He played four seasons for Stoke before retiring in 1903. He later owned the Wharf Tavern in Stoke.

Career statistics[edit]

Source:[2]

Club Season League FA Cup Test Match Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1894–95 First Division 20 0 5 0 25 0
1895–96 First Division 29 0 1 0 30 0
1896–97 First Division 8 0 5 0 13 0
1897–98 First Division 5 0 0 0 5 0
1898–99 First Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 66 0 11 0 0 0 77 0
Stoke 1897–98 First Division 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
1899–1900 First Division 31 0 2 0 33 0
1900–01 First Division 27 0 3 0 30 0
1901–02 First Division 8 0 0 0 8 0
1902–03 First Division 8 0 1 0 9 0
Total 79 0 6 0 4 0 89 0
Career total 145 0 17 0 4 0 166 0

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  2. ^ Tom Wilkes at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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