Hall of Fame 2- Tommy Bamford

June 28, 2011 by  

The second inductee into the Red Passion Hall of Fame is one of the most recognised anddecorated names in Wrexham FC history; Tommy Bamford. Tommy was born in Port Talbot, Wales in 1905 and signed for Wrexham FC 23 years later, going on to become a true ‘record-breaker’, in every sense.

Tommy made his name in Wrexham FC history as the scorer of more league goals than any other Wrexham player in a single season. During the 1933/1934 campaign, Tommy scored a remarkable 44 league goals, a feat which has not been bettered in the club’s 138 year history. This accolade was not to go unnoticed with Manchester United signing Tommy in time for the next campaign.

At Manchester United, Tommy played a part in winning the Second Division Championship, notching up a total of 57 goals for the club. Tommy represented Wales on an international stage, scoring on his international debut; against Scotland at Hampden Park. In 1938, Tommy transferred back to Wales but this time his destination was Swansea City. Just one year into his time at South Wales and his career came to a halt with the start of World War II. By the time the war had ended, Tommy was aged 40 and therefore decided to hang up his boots and retire from the game.

With Tommy’s 11 year playing career effectively over, he returned to Wrexham as a ‘guest’ player and notched up a further 8 goals from just 14 appearances. Aged 62, Tommy passed away at his home in Wrexham. Tommy’s legacy continues today with a Suite at the Racecourse Ground named in his honour; located in the ‘Cash for Gold Wales’ stand. He will forever remain in the history of our football club, and his name is unlikely to be moved off the top of the scoring charts.

 

Tommy Bamford – Wrexham Stats:

Played from 1928-1934

 

Appearances- 246

 

Goals- 207

 

Record Book

Most goals scored in total – 207*

 

Most league goals scored in total – 174

Most goals scored in one season – 50

Most league goals scored in one season – 44

Fastest Player to reach 100 goals – 117 games

 

* Tommy’s tally of 207 goals is unparalled, with Second placed, Arfon Griffiths scoring 65 fewer.

 

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