Tom Vallance

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Tom Vallance
Personal information
Full name Thomas Vallance
Date of birth (1856-05-27)27 May 1856
Place of birth Succoth Farm, Renton, Scotland
Date of death 16 February 1935(1935-02-16) (aged 78)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Right-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1874–1882 Rangers
1884 Rangers
National team
1877–1881 Scotland 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tom Vallance (27 May 1856 – 16 February 1935) was a Scottish footballer. Vallance was the first in a long line of inspirational Rangers captains. He made 38 Scottish Cup appearances for the club.


Before football, Vallance was a rower. He is noted as been abnormally tall for the times but was only around six feet two inches. He played at right-back for Rangers from 1874 to 1882. He left Scotland on 22 February 1882 to take a position in Calcutta. He embarked on a career in the tea plantations of Assam but returned after a year suffering from blackwater fever.[1]

Vallance was also capped at international level, making seven appearances for Scotland.

After football

He was a successful restaurateur, a poet and an artist, whose paintings were displayed by the Scottish Academy. Reference has been made to a family connection to Sir Stanley Matthews, but this proved not to be the case.


  1. ^ "Rangers: The forgotten history" Herald (20 August 2009)

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