Ardwick, Manchester born centre half Tom Booth began his footballing career with Hooley Hill in 1894 and then played for Ashton North End in 1895. He joined Blackburn Rovers in May 1896 making his Football League debut that September against Liverpool. Such was his progress that he made his England international debut in March 1898 in a 3-0 victory over Wales at The Racecourse Ground.
After 123 appearances, in which he scored 11 goals, he signed for Everton in April 1900. He made his debut on 3 September 1900 in a 2-1 victory at Preston North End; his performance was praised in the match report in The Liverpool Mercury:
“Booth had been putting in useful work and kept his forwards well occupied….
At halfback most interest was centred in Booth, and it may at once be stated that he proved himself as resourceful as ever, and kept the front line well employed all through. When danger threatened he anticipated its quarter. . . and avoiding aimless kicking always placed the ball to the best advantage. The value of his work cannot be overestimated, and his inclusion will undoubtedly tend to cement the attractive style of play between forwards and halves that football spectators of to-day delight in.”
He became Everton’s club captain, helping Everton to finish runners up in the League Championship in 1901-02. He won his second and final England cap against Scotland in a 2-1 defeat at Bramall Lane in April 1903. Three weeks earlier, Booth had also represented the Football League against the Scottish League, with the English winning 3-0, and in total he made four appearances for The Football League.
However after the end of 1903-04 his appearances for Everton became more occasional and he was not picked for either the 1906, when he was injured, or 1907 FA Cup Finals. After 185 Everton appearances, and 11 goals, he joined Preston North End in the summer of 1908, but did not get into their first team. Lancashire Combination club Carlisle United signed him on 20th November 1908 and he retired in 1909.