Hollins, Lancashire born full back Thomas “Ginger” Leigh began his football career in junior football with Heywood Springfield in 1901 and Earlestown in 1902 before spending 1903-04 with First Division Bury, without making their first team. He played for Ashton Town in 1904 and Haslingden in 1905, before joining Oldham Athletic in May 1906, making his senior debut in an FA Cup tie 1st Round proper in January 1907. In May 1907 he joined Southern League Champions Fulham, and once they had entered the Football League in 1908 he made 6 appearances for them in The Second Division over the next two seasons.
In 1910 he joined Southern League Queen’s Park Rangers, but made only 4 first team appearances due to a broken leg, staying a season before joining Croydon Common in August 1911. He had arguably his most productive season while with The Commoners, making 20 appearances for them. In 1912 he returned north to play with Rochdale, joining South Liverpool later in 1912 and finished his career with Goole Town, joining them in 1913. He committed suicide in 1914 aged only 27.