Tommy Meehan

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Tommy Meehan
Personal information
Full name Thomas Meehan[1]
Date of birth 1896
Place of birth Harpurhey, England
Date of death 18 August 1924 (aged 28)[2]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914 Brentford 1 (1)
Walkden Central
1917 Rochdale
1917–1920 Manchester United 51 (6)
1920–1924 Chelsea 124 (4)
National team
Football League XI 2
1923 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas "Tommy" Meehan (1896 – 18 August 1924) was an English footballer who played at wing half.[1] He was capped by England at international level.[2]

Meehan gained his first senior experience with Southern League club Brentford, scoring on his only appearance in 1914.[3] He played for Rochdale during the First World War, before moving to Manchester United in 1919.[1] He made 53 appearances for United, scoring six goals, and signed for Chelsea in 1920 for £3,300.[2] At the time of his move south, Meehan was rated one of the best half-backs in England, and made his debut for the national side in October 1923.[2]

He was a regular in the Chelsea team over the next three years, playing in 133 games for the club, before being struck down with encephalitis lethargica, an inflammation of the brain which had reached an epidemic scale in the years after the First World War.[2] He died in 1924.[2]


  • Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2. 
  1. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 201. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "England Players - Tommy Meehan". Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  3. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 362. ISBN 0951526200.