Tommy Bamford

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Tommy Bamford
Personal information
Full name Thomas Bamford
Date of birth (1905-11-02)2 November 1905
Place of birth Port Talbot, Wales
Date of death 12 December 1967(1967-12-12) (aged 62)
Place of death Wrexham, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1928–1934 Wrexham 204 (174)
1934–1938 Manchester United 98 (53)
1938–1939 Swansea Town
National team
1930–1933 Wales 5 (1)

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


Thomas "Tommy" Bamford (2 November 1905 – 12 December 1967[1]) was a Welsh professional footballer. During his career, he made over 200 appearances in the Football League, most notably for Wrexham, where he remains the clubs all-time top goalscorer.[2] He also represented Wales at international level, winning 5 caps.

Career[edit]

Born in Port Talbot,[1] Bamford had played amateur football for Cardiff Docks and Bridgend Town before joining Wrexham in 1928, at the age of 23. With 175 league goals (201 in all competitions) between 1928–34, he is the club's all-time record league goalscorer. In the 1933–1934 season, he scored a club record 44 league goals (and 50 in total for the season), another record which still stands today.[2] During his time with the Dragons, Bamford helped them to win the Welsh Cup in 1931, scoring twice in the final during a 7–0 victory over Shrewsbury Town on 27 April 1931.[3]

He transferred to Manchester United in 1934 along with teammate Billy Bryant.[2] In his career with United, he would score 57 goals,[1] including 14 in 23 games in the 1937–38 season, playing a total of 109 Games for United and helped the club win the Division Two title in the 1935–6 season.[2] He left for Swansea Town in 1938, but the outbreak of the Second World War a year later halted his career, and by the time the war ended six years later Bamford was 40 years old and promptly retired from playing.[2]

International career[edit]

Bamford was handed his international debut for Wales on 25 October 1930 in a 1–1 draw with Scotland in the 1930–31 British Home Championship, scoring Wales' goal after just six minutes.[4] After numerous Football League sides refused to release their players for the match due to a fixture clash, the Welsh side for the match was made of largely players from the lower divisions, the Welsh Leagues and non-league. The team became known as "Keenor and the unknowns" in reference to captain Fred Keenor and the relative obscurity of the players who featured in the team with him.[5]

International goals[edit]

Results list Wales' goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Result Competition
1. 25 October 1930 Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland  Scotland 1–1 1930–31 British Home Championship

Later life[edit]

Following his retirment, Bamford worked in a local steelworks. He died in Wrexham in December 1967 at the age of 62.[2] A hospitality suite at Wrexham's home stadium, the Racecourse Ground, is named 'The Bamford Suite' in honour of him.[6]

Honours[edit]

Wrexham
Manchester United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Tommy Bamford". mufcinfo.com. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Wrexham FC's top 20 signings: Tommy Bamford". Daily Post. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "WELSH CUP FINAL 1930/31". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Scotland 1–1 Wales". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Scotland vs. Wales: Five classic matches". SB Nation. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Bamford Suite". Glyndwr University. Retrieved 9 August 2016.