Whitehaven, Cumberland born inside left Tommy Mayson began his football career with Walker Celtic from where he was signed by Second Division Burnley in December 1907, making his Football League debut at Stoke on Boxing Day 1907, scoring on his home debut in a 5-0 win over Hull City the following month. He had to wait until 1910 to claim a regular place in The Clarets’ first team, and had scored 17 goals in 71 appearances by the time Grimsby Town paid a then club record £350 for him in October 1911.
A skilful crowd pleaser at Blundell Park, he scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 win over Stockport County in February 1913 and top scored for the club with 15 goals that season but a fractured leg hampered his career. Having recovered he regained his first team place and scored 9 goals in their 1914-15 campaign, the last before peacetime football was suspended due to the onset of the First World War, Mayson having scored 29 goals in 89 appearances by that time.
Mayson guested for Leeds City during the War scoring 4 goals in 30 appearances in their 1916-17 campaign, before joining First Divison Everton in the summer of 1919 with the resumption of peacetime football, scoring on his only appearance for the Toffees in a 3-2 home defeat to Chelsea in August 1919. He did not stay long at Goodison Park, joining non league Pontypridd for £350 in July 1920, playing for them in the 1921 Welsh Cup Final as they lost in a replay to Wrexham at Gay Meadow.
He moved to FA Cup Finalists Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 1921 but only played twice for Wolves in the autumn of 1921, before joining Aberdare Athletic in the 1922 close season. He scored 4 goals in 19 appearances for Aberdare during 1922-23 and stayed with the club until 1926, before retiring and joining Queen’s Park Rangers as trainer in 1926, staying in that role at Loftus Road until 1933.