Basford, Nottingham born outside left Tom Forman began his football career with junior club Bulwell United in 1899, from where he joined hometown First Division club Nottingham Forest in May 1900. He made his Football League debut against Aston Villa in April 1901, but during his four years at The City Ground he was very much a fringe player, making only five first team appearances before joining Manchester City in June 1904. However he didn’t make a single first team appearance at Hyde Road and joined non league Sutton Town in 1905.
In May 1907 he returned to Football League action signing for Second Division club Barnsley, playing four seasons at Oakwell and notably being part of Barnsley’s 1910 FA Cup team. Forman scored in their 3-0 win over Everton in the semi final replay at Old Trafford and was part of their FA Cup Final team which drew the first match 1-1 with Newcastle United at The Crystal Palace and lost in a replay at Goodison Park five days later. He scored 18 goals in 137 appearances for The Tykes, before joining Tottenham Hotspur in February 1911. He only made 8 appearances for Spurs, scoring once, before a move to non league Sutton Junction in 1912, his last known club before his retirement. During the First World War Forman served as a lance bombardier in The Royal Garrison Artillery.