Blair Tom Image 1 Kilmarnock 1920

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Glasgow born goalkeeper Tom Blair was with Kilmarnock for eight seasons having joined them from Vale of Clyde in 1911, winning the Scottish Cup in 1920 when they beat Albion Rovers, before joining Manchester City in 1921, making his Football League debut against Liverpool that September and being almost ever present during 1921-22 making 41 appearances for The Citizens. In 1922 he then took the boat to play for several clubs in the nascent American Soccer League in Canada and the United States, playing for among others Edmonton, New Bedford Whalers and Fall River Marksmen. He returned to Scotland with Ayr United in August 1931 and then joined Irish League Linfield the following year, then Sheppey United in 1933 and Sittingbourne in 1935, before he joined Dundee United as player-coach in May 1937. His playing career at United started and ended on his debut, conceding seven goals against St Bernards at the age of 45 in August 1937, after which Tom decided to hang up his gloves. The following season he became manager of Albion Rovers.

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