Tommy Mulgrew, British footballer, Died at 86


Thomas (Tommy) Mulgrew was born on April 13, 1929, in Motherwell Scotland and died on January 12, 2016.

He was a Scottish professional footballer.

He played most of his career, as an inside forward, for Southampton.

He began his football career with Morton in March 1948, before moving to England firstly with Northampton (from July 1949).

In October 1952, Thomas was selected in Newcastle where he made fourteen First Division appearances but found it difficult to claim a consistent place, having to compete with Reg Davies and Ivor Broadis.

As of July 1954, Southampton’s manager George Roughton paid £12,000 to transport Mulgrew and Billy Foulkes to The Dell of which £7,000 was attributed to Mulgrew.

Thomas scored 15 seconds into his debut on August 21, 1954, at home to Brentford (won by Saints 6–4); this was the fastest-ever goal scored at The Dell.

Thomas Mulgrew went on to score eight league goals that season, as Saints narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division.

Even though Mulgrew showed promise, this was largely unfulfilled and he did not score consistently.

After becoming the first player to be sent off for Southampton within the last 21 years in a match at home to Coventry over Christmas 1954.

He had eight seasons there, during which he scored 90 league goals in 293 appearances placing him 10th on the club’s list of all-time league goal-scorers.

Tommy Mulgrew also played 37 cup and friendly games, scoring 10 goals to bring his total goals scored for the Saints to a round century.

In August 1962, after a dispute over terms, Tommy Mulgrew relocated to Aldershot, where he played 112 league games before he joined Andover in August 1965.

Tommy Mulgrew had a brief spell in non-league football before moving to Northampton, where he worked in a steel factory in Rothwell until his retirement.

Tommy Mulgrew resided in Northampton with his wife until passing away in January 2016.

Tommy Mulgrew passed away at 86 yrs old.