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Tom Danks

Nottingham Forest FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 1: A 1
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Thomas Danks
Birth Saturday, 30 May 1863 in Forest Grove, Sherwood, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
  registered in Nottingham April-June 1863
Baptism 19 June 1863 at St. Leodegarious Church in Basford
  Cannot be found on the 1871 census, but we know that Thomas' father is Samuel, an ironmonger.  His mother is Emma Sarah (née Blatherwick).
  According to the 1881 census, Thomas is the youngest of four siblings living at 137 Kirkewhite Street in the St. Mary's area of Nottingham. 17 year old Thomas is an ironmonger, and they have two servants. The parents are not on this census return.
(His father died 30 May 1882, at his residence in Queen's Walk).
  According to the 1891 census, Thomas is an ironmonger's assistant and is a boarder with the Cartwright's at 8 Mansfield Road in St. Mary's.
(His mother died toward the end of 1896)

According to the 1901 census, Thomas is living at 25 Park Row in Nottingham with the Goaters, he is still an ironmonger. He lives with three other boarders.

Death Monday evening, 27 April 1908 at 25 Park Row, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
aged 44 years 333 days registered in Nottingham April-June 1908


"By a considerable circle in Nottingham the news of the death of Mr. Thomas Danks, which took place very suddenly at his residence, 25, Park-row, last evening, will be received with great regret. The third son of the late Mr. Thomas Danks, the founder of the well-known firm of Danks and Nixon, now Thomas Danks, Limited, the deceased gentleman was in his 45th year, was associated with the business from his youth up, and was much respected in commercial and agricultural circles. But probably it was his interest in sports and athletics which made him most popular. For many years an active playing member of the Forest Football Club, he was, in his day, a brilliant outside right, and reached the crowning point of his career when he was selected to play for England against Scotland, at the Oval, in 1885. When he ceased to play Mr. Danks preserved his interest in the club, and for a long period of years he assisted at the annual sports meeting. In his younger days also he was a proficient swimmer, and held several prizes representing his success in open races in the Trent. He was also an enthusiastic oarsman, and took a prominent part in the formation of the Nottingham Boat Club, now one of the most prosperous of the city's athletic organisations. Mr. Danks was initiated as a member of the De Vere Lodge of Freemasons during the year of office of his eldest brother, Mr. Walter Danks, as Worshipful Master, and but for ill-health he would have succeeded to that position last month. He had been suffering for a long time, and spent several months at Bournemouth,, but though it was known that he was ill his death came with startling suddenness. Mr. Walter Danks saw his brother after midday, when he was as well as could have been expected, but less than six hours later the end had come." - Nottingham Evening Post, Tuesday, 28 April 1908.
evidently, Thomas was son of Samuel, who was employed at Danks & Nixon. The founder, Thomas, died in 1883 at the age of 81, and was this Thomas' grandfather.
Funeral Thursday, 30 April 1908 in Nottingham
Probate "DANKS Thomas of 25 Park-row Nottingham ironmonger died 27 April 1908 Probate Nottingham 20 July to Charles Wright Gowthorpe mill furnisher.
Effects £1642 5s. 1d." [2019 equivalent: £199,014].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Nottingham until joining Nottingham Forest FC in December 1882 where he remained until February 1889.  Also assisted Notts County FC for a spell in 1884 and Burslem Port Vale FC from September 1888.
Club honours None
Height/Weight not known


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

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 123rd players (124) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 25, 21 March 1885, England 1 Scotland 1, a British Championship match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 21 years 295 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1884-85;
Distinctions Died just four days after William Kenyon-Slaney, and 22 days after Walter Bennett.

Beyond England

Worked as an ironmonger in his native Nottingham. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.83.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1 1 50 =0
His only match was played in the British Championship competition and at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1884-85 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1 1 50 =0

Match History

 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 21
1 25 21 March 1885 - England 1 Scotland 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
BC HD   ir

one of two who became the 123rd player (124) to appear for England
the fifth player from Nottingham Forest FC to represent England