Tom Wilkes (footballer)
|Full name||Thomas Henry Wilkes|
|Date of birth||19 May 1874|
|Place of birth||Alcester, England|
|Date of death||1921 (aged 47)|
|1897–1898||→ Stoke (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Wilkes was born in Alcester and played amateur football with Redditch Town before joining Aston Villa in 1894. Wilkes enjoyed a considerable amount of success at Villa winning the English league title on three occasions as well as two FA Cup victories. 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. They had to play the end of season test matches against the best teams in the Second Division in order to stay up. 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.
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.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||Test Match||Total|
|Aston Villa||1894–95||First Division||20||0||5||0||–||25||0|
- Aston Villa
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