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Tommy Meehan

Chelsea FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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


captain: none
minutes played:


  Thomas Meehan
Birth Wednesday, 17 June 1896, at 42 Worsley Street in Collyhurst, Manchester, Lancashire [registered in St. George, Manchester, September 1896]. Birthdate provided by his baptism
not 1 August - that was a John Thomas born in Salford
Baptism Wednesday, 12 July 1896, at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Livesey Street in Collyhurst, Manchester.

Cannot be found on the 1901 census, but his birth certificate reveals that his parents were John and Agnes (nee Lane).

  Cannot be found on the 1911 census.
Marriage to Sarah Eleanor Leech [registered in Chorlton, December 1918]. They had four children, Thomas (b.June 1919, d.1921), Eileen (b.October 1920 d.1921), Norman (b.1922) Ronald (b.1924)
  So according to the 1921, Thomas and Sarah Eleanor have two children, Thomas and Eileen, and they live at 4 Rolleston Street in the Ancoats area of Manchester. The occupation is listed as 'Private'.
Death Monday, 18 August 1924 in St. George's Hospital, Knightsbridge, aged 28 years 62 days [registered as Thomas in St.George Hanover Square, September 1924]. Died of encephalitis lethargica.
"Tommy Meehan, the Chelsea half-back, died early to-day in St. George's Hospital, Knightsbridge, after a long illness, which is said to have culminated in sleepy sickness. He was a teetotaller and a non-smoker, and as conscientious about his condition as it is was possible for a footballer to be. Meehan had much family trouble, involving two or three deaths at the end of last season, and there is little doubt that this hastened the end. Meehan had been ill for about two or three months, but few thought that the last had been seen of him in football."
Funeral Thursday, 22 August 1924 at Wandsworth Cemetery, Earlsfield. Currently in an unmarked grave.
"The funeral of the late Tommy Meehan took place at Wandsworth Cemetery yesterday amidst many evidences of the respect he had earned both on the playing field and off it. Amongst those present at the graveside were Mr Claude Kirby, chairman, and Mr D Calderhead, manager of the Chelsea F.C., and numerous members of the staff at Stamford Bridge, while members of the Chelsea team also sent a wreath, as also did the directors and officials of the club. Wreaths were also sent by Manchester United, Fulham and the 'Spurs. It is to be regretted that Meehan has left a widow and four children, the eldest aged five, in painfully distressing circumstances. His daughter is at present away under treatment for spinal trouble due to an accident, and the family is penniless, Mrs Meehan being without a relative in the world."


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Started playing football with his local clubs, Newton FC, Walkden Central FC, before Rochdale FC signed him in January 1917. He was signed by Manchester United FC on 24 August 1917 and during his time there, was loaned back to Rochdale FC and also Atherton FC. Meehan completed 51 league appearances, scoring six times. He signed for Chelsea FC on 18 December 1920 for £3300, he will go onto to play in 124 league appearances, scoring four times, until his untimely death in 1924.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (two appearances); FA Charity Shield winners-up with Professionals 1923;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 5", 10st. 7lbs [1919]. 5' 6 [1924]


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 460th players (462) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
Only match No. 137, 20 October 1923, Ireland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 27 years 80 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1923-24;
Team honours None
Individual honours None

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.171.


Tommy Meehan - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Tommy Meehan - 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 Meehan - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1923-24 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 Meehan - Match History
 Club: Chelsea F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 27
1 137 20 October 1923 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL Start lh