Tommy Harmer

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Tommy Harmer
Personal information
Full name Thomas Harmer
Date of birth (1928-02-02)2 February 1928
Place of birth Hackney, England
Date of death 25 December 2007(2007-12-25) (aged 79)
Playing position Inside forward
Youth career
1948–1951 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1960 Tottenham Hotspur 222 (51)
1960–1962 Watford 63 (6)
1962–1963 Chelsea 8 (1)
Teams managed
1963–1967 Chelsea (youth team coach)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tommy Harmer (2 February 1928 – 25 December 2007) was an English footballer who played in the number 8 shirt for The Spurs. Tommy rose through his career playing for the "Lillywhites" to become one of the most skilful inside-forwards of his day.

Nicknamed "Harmer the Charmer", he signed as an amateur in August 1948 and made his debut against Bolton in September, 1951. He made 222 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur scoring 51 goals including some sublime unstoppable penalties, tucked into the side netting behind an upright, before moving to Watford in October 1960.

Harmer signed for Chelsea in 1962 at the age of 34 and made his debut at home to Middlesbrough in October of that year. In total, he played nine games for Chelsea helping to win promotion to the top flight under manager Tommy Docherty. He scored just one goal, in a vital 1-0 away win against Sunderland in the penultimate game of the 1962-63 promotion season.

Harmer also played an important role in developing young players during the Docherty era, remaining as youth team coach until June 1967.

After his death, a minute's applause was held in his memory before Tottenham Hotspur's Boxing Day win over Fulham at White Hart Lane.[1]


  • Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. Surrey: T.G Jones. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  1. ^ "Tottenham 5-1 Fulham". BBC Sport. 2007-12-26. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 

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