Tommy Muirhead

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Tommy Muirhead
Personal information
Full name Thomas Allan Muirhead
Date of birth (1897-01-24)24 January 1897
Place of birth Cowdenbeath, Scotland
Date of death 27 May 1979(1979-05-27) (aged 82)
Place of death Helensburgh, Scotland
Playing position Forward / Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1917 Hibernian
1917–1924 Rangers 154 (49)
1924–1925 Boston Wonder Workers 14 (0)
1925–1930 Rangers 125 (13)
National team
1921–1924 Scottish League XI 5 (0)
1922–1929 Scotland 8 (0)
Teams managed
1924–1925 Boston Wonder Workers
1931–1936 St Johnstone
1936–1937 Preston North End
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas "Tommy" Allan Muirhead (24 January 1897 in Cowdenbeath, Fife – 27 May 1979 in Helensburgh) was a Scottish footballer who played for Hibernian, Rangers and Scotland.


Hibs and Rangers

Muirhead, a forward who was occasionally deployed as a half-back,[1] was signed by Rangers for £20 from Hibernian in May 1917. He made his debut against his former club in a 3-0 win at Ibrox on 15 September 1917. He went on to score 49 goals in 353 appearances for Rangers and won 8 championship medals. He was also captain of the club for a spell.

American Soccer League

Muirhead's Rangers career was interrupted by a brief stint in the United States in 1925. Cash-rich American Soccer League club Boston Wonder Workers lured him across the Atlantic to assume the role of player-manager.[1] However, despite the presence of several other Scots, including internationalists such as Alex McNab and Barney Battles, he could not settle in Boston and returned to Glasgow after only 14 games.[2]


Muirhead returned to Rangers where he played until 1930.

National team

Muirhead was capped at international level, making 8 appearances for Scotland.[3] He captained Scotland in a 1-0 defeat against Ireland on 25 February 1928.[4]


After his playing career, Muirhead had further spells in management with St Johnstone (1931–36) and Preston North End (1936–37) and he also worked as a sports journalist.


  1. ^ a b Lamming, Douglas (1987). A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986. Hutton Press. ISBN 0-907033-47-4.
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931. The Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3429-4.
  3. ^ Tommy Muirhead at the Scottish Football Association
  4. ^ "SCOTLAND v NORTHERN IRELAND". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
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