28 July 2006

Tom Alexander


Name:
Thomas Erskine Alexander (some sources list him as Tony)
Born:
1873, Ballynashee, Ballyclare
Died:
20 October 1939, Belfast
Position:
Left-Half
Representative Honours:
Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1895)


Club Honours: (with Cliftonville) Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1893/94; Irish League Runner-Up 1895/96, 1896/97*, 1897/98*; City Cup Runner-Up 1894/95, 1896/97*; Charity Cup Runner-Up 1894/95, 1895/96.

Club Career:
Clubs
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Cliftonville
1893/94-1899/00
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Amateur
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TOTALS
£10,000
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Biography:
Tom Alexander was one of eleven children born between 1862 and 1883. After being orphaned the children relocated from Ballyclare to Belfast where they were well cared for by their maternal relatives, the Erskines.

After a season with Cliftonville Olympic Alexander graduated to the firstteam in 1893 and played regularly for a few seasons. He claimed just one winner's medal - in an 1894 Co. Antrim Shield Final win over Belfast Celtic. He also collected seven silvers in other competitions, three as a result of second/third place play-offs (see above *).

Alexander's later career was hindered by work commitments and he eventually became the Belfast City Coroner.

Obituary from The Irish News

Ireland Full Cap Details:
1
30-03-1895
Scotland
A
L
0-3
BC
(c.22 years)

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

Adapted from information supplied by George Glass. Photograph supplied by Roy Cathcart.

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