Darlington born goalkeeper Tom Rowlandson attended Charterhouse School and was a Cambridge University Blue in 1901. In 1902 he started playing for The Corinthians representing them for some five years, and spent 1902-03 as an amateur on the books of Preston North End without making their first eleven. He then joined First Division Sunderland as an amateur making his Football League debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1904, making 12 first team appearances over the next year.
He joined Newcastle United playing once against Bury in October 1905 and was chosen as England’s Amateur international goalkeeper twice, firstly in December 1906 in a 2-1 win over Ireland in Dublin and latterly in April 1907 in an 8-1 win over The Netherlands in The Hague. After Newcastle he subsequently re-joined The Corinthians and also played for the Old Carthusians and Darlington.
After the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, he joined the British Army and was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment. By April 1915 he was in Belgium, fighting in the Second Battle of Ypres. By 1 January 1916, he had been promoted to Captain, mentioned in dispatches and won the Military Cross for his bravery. Rowlandson was killed by a German grenade on 15th September 1916, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on The Somme. He is buried at Bécourt Military Cemetery in Bécordel-Bécourt.
NB This photograph was taken on 8th January 1906 before an Amateurs v Professionals England trial match played at Craven Cottage, Fulham, which the Professionals XI won 1-0.
Amateurs (white shirts): Back Row – PH Farnfield, JG Witherington, CD McIver, HA Nulton
Middle Row – SH Day, Vivian Woodward, Herbert Smith, SS Harris (captain)
Front Row – EGD Wright, TS Rowlandson, GC Vassall
Professionals (striped shirts): Back Row – Jimmy Ashcroft, Joe Walton, Archie Cross, Peter Chambers
Middle Row – Walter Bull, Fred Blackburn, Riley, Fred Threlfall
Front Row – Arthur “Pat” Collins, Tim Coleman, Fred Harrison