Hyslop Tommy Image 1 Glasgow Rangers 1896


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Auchinleck, Ayrshire born inside left was born Bryce Thomas Scouller but became known in his sporting career as Tommy Hyslop. He began his football career with Elderslie in the late 1880’s before spending 1890-92 serving with The 2nd Scots Guards, where he also played army football whilst serving, and in 1892 he signed for Southern League club Millwall Athletic using the pseudonym Tommy Hyslop, his middle name and his mother’s maiden name, to escape his military connections before joining First Division Sunderland in January 1894, making his Football League debut the following month in a win over Everton, and scoring 3 times in 5 more matches as Sunderland finished runners up in the League Championship. He scored twice in a victory over Derby County in the first match of the 1894-95 season and followed this with all three goals a week later in a win over Burnley, scoring twice more in 10 further appearances as “The Team of All Talents” won The League Championship, however he had left Newcastle Road to join Stoke in February 1895 before the title had been won after 10 goals in 18 appearances for The Wearsiders.

He scored a debut hat-trick for Stoke in a win over Derby County and the following season he scored 21 goals for The Potters, finishing easily the club’s top goalscorer for the season, a total which included 4 goals in an FA Cup thrashing of Burnley and hat-tricks against West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday. However in May 1896 he joined Scottish League club Glasgow Rangers, making his debut in a Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup Final defeat to Celtic the same month. He scored 28 goals in 37 appearances for The Gers over the next two seasons and scored as Rangers won the 1897 Scottish Cup Final in a 5-1 victory over Dumbarton at Hampden Park. That season he also won The Glasgow Cup and Glasgow Merchants’ Charity Cup with Rangers. The following season he was once again part of Rangers’ team that won The Scottish Cup Final, beating Kilmarnock 2-0 at Hampden Park.

Hyslop won two caps for Scotland, making his international debut while still a Stoke player in a 2-1 victory over England at Celtic Park in April 1896, scoring on his second cap, also against England a year later in a 2-1 victory at The Crystal Palace. He was the first Stoke player to be capped by Scotland.

In August 1898 he returned to Stoke and made 12 further appearances during their 1898-99 campaign but once again left them to re-join Glasgow Rangers where he scored 4 goals in 6 further appearances during 1899-1900 before a move to Partick Thistle in the 1900 close season. Hyslop scored 6 goals in 14 appearances for The Jags over the next two seasons, and then joined Dundee Wanderers for the 1902-03 season. He moved to Johnstone in 1903 and to Abercorn in 1904 where he scored twice in 17 appearances over two seasons. In 1906 he went to play in the nascent North American Soccer Leagues, firstly for Philadelphia Thistle and finished his career playing for Tacony Philadelphia in 1907 before his retirement. He later moved to Canada, where he used his birth name but supplied a false age enabling him to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War, which he survived.


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