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Tommy Boyle

Burnley FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
0% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Thomas William Boyle
Born 29 January 1886 in Platts Common, Hoyland, near Barnsley, West Riding of  Yorkshire [registered as Thomas William, in Barnsley, March 1886].

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Thomas is the youngest of five children to Irish-born Peter and Ellen. They all live, alongside four lodgers (three coalminers and a blacksmith), on Wentworth Road in Nether Hoyland. His father is a coal miner.

According to the 1901 census, Thomas, alongside his sister Mary, and their parents, are boarding with the Penton's at 5 Royal Oak Yard in Nether Hoyland. His father is a coal miner hewer, as is George Penton, head of the household.

Thomas cannot be found on the 1911 census. But his widower father, Peter, is living with his married daughter, Catherine and her family, at Blacksmiths Yard in Platts Common, Hoyland.

Married: to Annie Elizabeth Varley, in Burnley [registered in Burnley, March 1917].
Died: 2 January 1940 of 'General Paralysis of the Insane', aged 53 years 338 days [registered in Amounderness, Lancs, March 1940] in Whittingham Mental Hospital. Buried in an unmarked grave at St Helen's Churchyard, Hoyland.
A headstone (left) was erected and dedicated in May 2010.
The dedication ceremony was attended by members of Tommy Boyle's family and by representatives of both Barnsley FC and Burnley FC.
Notes: It was his death certificate that we can ascertain certain information, that is to say, he is not the Thomas Wilkinson Boyle previously thought. Although his death certificate states he was 51, he was infact, 53, and the error stems from him being of an unknown age inside a Mental Hospital.
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 11st. 4lbs [1914].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Tommy Boyle Broken Hero: Story of a Football Legend - Mike Smith (Grosvenor House Publishing Ltd - 5 July 2011)

Club Career

Club(s) Tommy started his footballing career with Hoyland Star FC and then Elsecar FC in the Barnsley League. Barnsley FC signed Boyle in May 1906 and after 160 league appearances and seventeen goals, Burnley FC signed him on 23 September 1911 for a club record fee paid of £1150. He remained for the war period and beyond, becoming the club's player-coach in 1922. He made 210 league appearances, scoring 36 goals. He was released and he signed with Wrexham AFC in 1923, where he made seven league appearances.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1909-10, winners 1913-14; Football League Champions 1920-21;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances)
Distinctions Became the first Captain to receive the FA Cup from a reigning monarch, King George V.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 361st players (363) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 114, 15 February 1913, Ireland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 27 years 17 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1912-13;
Team honours British Championships winners 1912-13;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Could Tommy Boyle be the first substitute to be used by England? On 21 January 1914, in an England verses The North match in Sunderland, Boyle was the reserve. However, Joe McCall, the England centre-half was injured and could not resume after half-time. Boyle took his place.

England Disgrace

"Tom Boyle, the former Burnley centre-half and captain, and English International, now described as a labourer, of Peter Street, Blackpool, appeared before Blackpool magistrates yesterday on a charge of being drunk and disorderly.
"Sergeant Richmond said that two men, the other being William Hammond (28) of Kent Road, were fighting together. Hammond appeared to b the agressor.
"Hammond in evidence, stated that he was in the Palastine Hotel lounge last night, when Boyle came across to him and said he had won 50. They had several drinks together, and when they got outside Boyle adopted a fighting attitude.
"Boyle began to use foul language to him, and they closed and began to fight.
"Boyle was fined 20s., and Hammond 10s. in the first case, and costs in the second."
Burnley News - 23 May 1931

Beyond England

Coached in Germany for a spell from 1924. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.41.
He experienced the First World War, a bombardier with the Royal Field Artillery and was badly wounded. Despite being told he would never play again, he captained Burnley FC to the Championship. Following the end of his career and his reemergence in Burnley, Boyle's personal life descended into chaos as he depended more and more into alcholism and gambling. He lost his home and his family and livelihood. He ultimately got committed and
died in a mental hospital.


Tommy Boyle - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Tommy Boyle - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1


Tommy Boyle - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1912-13 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1


Tommy Boyle - Match History
 Club: Barnsley F.C. - 0 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 24
- 105 12 February 1910 - Ireland 1 England 1, Cliftonville Gardens, Belfast BC AD reserve
 Club: Burnley F.C. - 1 full cap  
Age 27
1 114 15 February 1913 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL Start ch