Esh Winning, County Durham born goalkeeper Tom Poskett started his football career with Chopwell Institute in 1926 and played for Crook Town in 1927. From there he was signed by Second Division Grimsby Town in December 1928, where he was understudy to Tommy Read, making his Football League debut in a 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in May 1929 in Grimsby’s promotion season. He played once more for them in the top flight in a 2-1 defeat on New Year’s Day 1931, again oddly at Middlesbrough before joining Lincoln City in May 1932, where again he was on the fringes as understudy to Dan McPhail, not making his first team debut until 1934 and playing 11 times for the first eleven as The Imps were relegated from the Second Division before a move to Notts County in May 1934.
He made 10 appearances for The Magpies during 1934-35 but suffered his second successive relegation from the Second Division come the end of the season, and in August 1935 he joined Tranmere Rovers. He had 2 seasons at Prenton Park making 24 appearances, before a move to Crewe Alexandra in July 1937. At Gresty Road he immediately established himself as the principal glovesman and was an ever present in the final two seasons before the abandonment of peacetime football due to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939. He returned to Crewe after the War and played in the 1945-46 FA Cup and also made 15 further League appearances in 1946-47 before joining non league Northwich Victoria later in 1947 having made 109 appearances for The Railwaymen.