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Tommy Younger

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Tommy Younger (22.4K)

Position Goalkeeper
Born 10 Apr 1930, Edinburgh (Scotland)
Height 185 cm
Weight 94 kg
International Caps Scotland: 24 full

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Hibernian 01 Jun 1948 01 Jun 1956     £9000
Liverpool 01 Jun 1956 01 Jun 1959 120 0  
Falkirk 01 Jun 1959 01 Mar 1960     £0
Stoke City 01 Mar 1960 25 Sep 1961 10 0  
Leeds United 25 Sep 1961 31 Oct 1962 42 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1961 - 1962 31  2  3  0  0 
1962 - 1963 6  0  0  0  0 
Total 37  2  3  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

Vastly experienced Scottish keeper who was coming to the end of his playing days when picked up by Leeds. Having pocketed championship medals with Hibs in 1951 and 1952, he went on to captain his country in the 1958 World Cup. When he went to Falkirk it was to take a management role as well as playing, but a move south of the border left him concentrating on the playing side. After leaving Leeds, he coached in Canada before returning to take up an administrative role at Easter Road towards the end of the 1960s. His involvement in that side of things lead to him rising to become president of the Scottish FA, an office he held on his untimely death at the age of 53.

Thanks to Jim Younger for the photo.

I knew Tommy extremely well, as I am his younger Brother Jim Younger. He is also survived by an elder Brother Jacky. My Father and Jacky would collect Tommy from Renfrew Airport on a Friday night as he flew in from Germany where he was a P.E. Instructor during his National Service. He would be taken back to Renfrew on the Sunday to Fly back. He also played for his Regiment in Germany, and due to his frequent trips home (paid for by Hibernian) he was nicknamed Herr Tommy Offenback. He travelled back and forward so often that the then B.E.A. (British European Airways) presented him with a laque for "Best Customer of the Year". Prior to playing for Hibernian, he was an Ameteur for Hutchison Vale in Edinburgh. My Mother only went to see him play on 1 occasion while with Hutchison Vale, ad on that occasion he was knocked out twice by hitting his head on the Goalpost while diving to save the Ball, and she vowed never to watch him again, and she didn't. My Father gave Tommy a Watch when he started with Hibs, and inscibed on the back were the words "Always play the game Tam". I have in my possesion one of his first Autographed Photo's taken when he was about aged about 18/19 and started with Hibs.

Jackie Younger says: Just a small amendment to the history of Tommy - he went to Canada before joining Leeds with Stanley Matthews who telephoned Don Revie (manager of Leeds) to tell him Tommy was playing extremely well and that he should sign him, which Don did. This amendment is made by Jacky Younger who is Tommy and James's eldest brother.

Jeffrey Fearnley says: Tommy worked for my father, Monty Fearnley, as a toy sales rep (Kiddies Favourites, Glasgow) in the early fifties and was, I believe, very popular with the customers. My father met him many years later in Lisbon, where Tommy was on holiday with his large family. Apparently, so my father tells me, my brother and I used to play football in the back garden with Tommy.

Ian Gledhill says: I remember Tommy's party-piece during his time at Leeds being a full-blooded sprint for the goal at the Scratching Shed end of the ground as the teams ran out before kick-off. From second or third position in the line emerging from the tunnel he used to arrive on his goal-line before any other Leeds player had got twenty yards on to the pitch! I also remember that the cap he brought on to the pitch with him looked as though it had been with him for his entire career.


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