Riley Tom Image 1 Brentford 1905

Riley Tom Image 1 Brentford 1905


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Blackburn born right back Tom Riley began his football career with Chorley in 1901 before joining hometown First Division club Blackburn Rovers in 1902, making his Football League debut against Sheffield United that September. Although he made 18 appearances during 1903-04 he was a fringe player during his three seasons at Ewood Park, totalling 23 appearances for Rovers, before moving to Southern League Brentford in 1905.

But late on in the 1905-06 season he was bought by First Division Aston Villa, where again he was a fringe player during the next two years, making 16 appearances before returning to Brentford in 1908. After a single season at Griffin Park he joined Southampton in 1909, but failed to make the first eleven at The Dell and subsequently retired from professional football.

NB in the photograph, Tom Riley clears from Willie Wardrope and Fulham team mate Alec Fraser in the match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on 7th October 1905. Fraser scored the first Fulham goal in a 2-0 victory.


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