Sheffield born inside forward Tommy Boyle began his football career with Bullcroft Main Colliery in 1920 before signing for First Division Sheffield United in 1921, making his Football League debut at Middlesbrough in January 1922. He played for his hometown club for eight seasons and was in the team that won the 1925 FA Cup Final in a season during which he scored 17 goals. He netted 14 times the following campaign as The Blades finished fifth in the League Championship.
He scored 40 goals in 140 appearances for The Blades before signing for Manchester United for £2,000 in March 1928. However opportunities were limited to 17 games at Old Trafford, scoring 6 goals for The Red Devils, before a move to non league Macclesfield in May 1930. He then joined Northampton Town in July the same year, where he scored 35 goals in 151 appearances for The Cobblers over the next five seasons. He subsequently became player-manager of Midland League Scarborough in 1935, playing a single season before retiring in 1936.
Boyle was the son of Irish international Peter Boyle who had also lifted the FA Cup with Sheffield United in both 1899 and 1902, as well as playing for Sunderland and other clubs.