Tommy Magee

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Tommy Magee
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Patrick Magee[1]
Date of birth (1899-05-06)6 May 1899
Place of birth Widnes, England
Date of death May 1974 (aged 74–75)
Place of death Widnes, England
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1914–1915 Widnes Athletic (amateur)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1934 West Bromwich Albion 394 (15)
1934–1935 Crystal Palace
1935–19?? Runcorn
National team
1923–1925 England 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Patrick Magee (6 May 1899 – May 1974) was an English professional footballer who played as a wing half. He made more than 400 appearances during his 15 years at West Bromwich Albion. He also won five England caps.

Career

Born in Widnes, the first child of James and Agnes Magee, Tommy Magee attended St Mary's School.[2] After playing rugby league for Appleton Hornets, and St Helens Recs, he switched to football, playing for Widnes Athletic as an amateur during 1914–1915. He signed a contract with West Bromwich Albion while in the trenches of the First World War in 1918 and scored in his first match,[3] helping Albion to a 3–1 victory against Derby County in the Midland Victory League in April 1919.[4] Following the end of the First World War, The Football League resumed for the 1919–20 season, and Magee made his league début on the opening day of the campaign, against Oldham Athletic. In the following match, away at Newcastle United, he scored his first goal for the club. Albion went on to win the First Division that season, the only time in the club's history that they have been champions of England. Magee made a significant contribution, appearing in 24 out of 42 league games and scoring seven goals.[5]

Although the next few seasons were less successful for Albion, Magee nonetheless won five caps for England during the 1920s. He made his international début against Wales on 5 March 1923, while his last cap was won two years later against France.[6] Albion did manage another title challenge in 1924–25, when they finished as runners-up to Huddersfield Town. Magee played in all but two of the club's league matches during the season.[7] In 1926–27 he was the only West Bromwich Albion player to appear in all 42 league matches, but the club were relegated to Division Two in 22nd (last) position.[8]

He won a winners' medal with Albion when they beat Birmingham 2–1 in the 1931 FA Cup Final, and a few days later was part of the team that secured promotion as Second Division runners-up. As of November 2008, he remains the only Albion player to have won both a League Championship medal and an FA Cup winners' medal with the club.[9]

Magee was married to Elizabeth, with whom he had two daughters. Elizabeth died of a brain haemorrhage in February 1932, aged 33.[2] At just 5 ft 2½ ins tall, Magee was the smallest ever player to appear for West Bromwich Albion's first team. His short stature earned him nicknames such as "Wee Tommy", "Pocket Hercules" and the "Mighty Atom".[4] After 434 first team appearances for Albion (394 in the league), he joined Crystal Palace in May 1934 on a free transfer, becoming the club's player-coach. In 1935 he moved to Runcorn as player-manager; he later became a coach at the club before retiring from football around 1947. He died in his home town of Widnes in May 1974.

Honours

West Bromwich Albion

References

  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 194. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b Wright, Simon (2006). West Brom's Cult Heroes. Know the Score. pp. 50–62. ISBN 1-905449-02-X. 
  3. ^ "For Club & Country: Tommy Magee". www.wba.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  4. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 149. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  5. ^ McOwan, Gavin (2002). The Essential History of West Bromwich Albion. Headline. p. 217. ISBN 0-7553-1146-9. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Magee - England stats". englandstats.com. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  7. ^ McOwan p. 222.
  8. ^ McOwan p. 224.
  9. ^ Matthews, Tony (2007). West Bromwich Albion: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-85983-565-4. 
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