Tommy Allsopp

Tommy Allsopp

In his two seasons at the Goldstone, Tommy Allsopp missed just 8 games out of 111, and his consistency was a big factor in the great improvement of 1906-07 which saw Albion finish third in the Southern League’s First Division. Although a big man for a winger, he showed a fair turn of speed and provided a good many chances for centre forward Jack Hall.

Tommy had joined his home- town club, Leicester Fosse, as an eighteen-year-old in August 1899, and was quickly drafted into the first team. ‘Although still is undoubtedly a player of great ability, and with a little more experience should develop into first-class man, ran a report in the sporting Press. A regular in Fosse’s Second Division side until May 1902, he then moved into the Southern with Luton Town and enjoyed two fine seasons at Kenilworth Road, but returned to Leicester in May 1904 where he bright his total of League and Cup appearances for Fosse up to 70 before being released to join the Albion during the 1905 close season. After two excellent years at the Goldstone, Tommy moved on to Norwich City in May 1907 (together with his left-wing partner Wally Smith) and saw out his career with 23 goals from 124 Southern League and F.A. Cup outings. Also a professional cricketer, he represented both Leicestershire and Norfolk as a slow left-arm bowler.

Having survived wartime duties in France, during which he attained the rank of sergeant, Tommy contracted influenza on the way home and subsequently died at the age of 38. He was buried with military honours in Norwich Cemetery.

Tommy played 103 matches for the Seagulls between 1905 and 1907 scoring 11 goals.

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