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Tom Bromilow
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Personal information
Full name Thomas George Bromilow
Date of birth October 7, 1894
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Date of death    March 4, 1959 (aged 64)
Place of death    Nuneaton, England
Playing position Left half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1919-30 Liverpool 341 (11)   
National team
1921-25 England 5 (0)
Teams managed
Crystal Palace
Newport County
Crystal Palace
Leicester City
Newport County

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Thomas "Tom" George Bromilow (7 October 1894 – 4 March 1959) was an England international left half footballer who played for Liverpool between 1919 and 1930. He was virtually ever-present during the back-to-back League title triumphs of the early 1920s.


Life and playing career

Born in West Derby, Liverpool, England, Bromilow was signed by Liverpool after the 24 year old turned up at Anfield one afternoon in 1919 asking for a trial. He had only recently been demobilised from the army. George Patterson, the then Liverpool assistant manager, agreed to give him a trial and was impressed by his skill. Tom was signed and a legend was made.

Bromilow made his debut on 25 October 1919 at Turf Moor in a Division 1 match against Burnley, a game that the Reds won 2-1; his first goal came in the 57th minute of a 3-0 league victory at Burnden Park over Bolton Wanderers on 24 January 1920. Bromilow soon became an established member of the side that was to win back-to-back League titles in 1921-22 and 1922-23. A fine tackler and distributor of the ball, Bromilow was regarded as the brains of the team and blossomed into a full England international within three years of turning professional. He continued to be an influential first team regular until the latter part of the decade, serving the club with distinction and leading by example as team captain.

His England debut came in a British Home Championship match at Ninian Park, Cardiff on 14 March 1921 against Wales. The game finished in a goalless draw, his debut was made that little bit easier as team-mates Jack Bamber and Harry Chambers also appeared in the game.

After retiring from playing, Bromilow took up a career in coaching and went to coach in Amsterdam during the summer of 1930. In October 1932 he was appointed Burnley manager, the first manager of the club to have been a former professional player, and he remained there until summer 1935.[1] He later went on to manage Crystal Palace (two spells), Newport County (two spells) and Leicester City.

Bromilow died suddenly on a train in March 1959 while scouting for Leicester City, on his way home from a cup-tie between Wrexham and Merthyr Tydfil.

Career details

As a player

  • Liverpool F.C (1919 - 1930): Position: Left Half, 375 appearances, 11 goals - Two Football League First Division (Level 1) winners medals (1922 and 1923), Charity Shield runners-up medal (1923)
  • England England (1921 - 1925) 5 caps

As a Manager

  • Burnley (1932 -1935)
  • Crystal Palace (1935 - 1936) and (1937 - 1939) Football League Third Division South (Level 3) runners-up (1939)
  • Newport County (1936 - 1937 and 1948-1950)
  • Leicester City F.C (1939 -1945) Wartime manager


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