Tommy Cummings

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Tommy Cummings
Personal information
Full name Thomas Smith Cummings[1]
Date of birth (1928-09-12)12 September 1928
Place of birth Sunderland, County Durham, England
Date of death 12 July 2009(2009-07-12) (aged 80)
Place of death Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1963 Burnley 434 (3)
1963–1964 Mansfield Town 10 (0)
Teams managed
1963–1967 Mansfield Town
1967–1968 Aston Villa
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Smith Cummings (12 September 1928[2] – 12 July 2009) was an English football player and manager.

Cummings was born in Sunderland, County Durham and started his football career at Hylton Colliery Juniors.[3] Such was his quality as a centre-half he was invited to Strasbourg in 1947 to represent Great Britain in a junior international tournament. In the same year he signed a professional contract with Burnley,[4] also opting to continue his apprenticeship as a mining engineer.[3]

Cummings made his league debut for Burnley in December 1948. He also played for England B three times. He played in the 1959–60 championship winning season and in the 1962 FA Cup Final, and in all made 479 appearances for the Clarets, standing fifth in their all-time list of Football League appearances with 434. He played his last game for the club nearly 14 years after making his debut.[3]

In March 1963 he was appointed player-manager of Mansfield Town leading them to promotion from Division Four at the end of the season.[3] He was appointed Aston Villa manager in the summer of 1967 but sacked in November 1968.[5]

After retiring from football he went on to becoming a licensee and ran pubs in and around Burnley, including the Shooters Arms in Nelson.[6]




  1. ^ "Tommy Cummings". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Tommy Cummings". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Tommy Cummings: 1928 - 2009". Burnley F.C. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  4. ^ "Tributes Paid to Clarets Legend Tommy Cummings". Newsquest. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  5. ^ "Former Managers 1960s". Aston Villa F.C. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
  6. ^ "Clarets Legend Tommy Cummings Dies". Johnston Press. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13.

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