14 March 2010

Thomas Wilkins

Name: Thomas Wilkins
Born: Belfast
Height:
Weight:
Position: Outside-Left

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1936), Junior.
Club Honours:

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
Other
Sydenham
-
-
Amateur
(Combination)
Glentoran
31/32-33/34
-
Amateur
*7/1
-
-
Bangor
-
-1934
Amateur
-
-
-
Newry.Town
-
-
Amateur
-
-
-
TOTALS
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£
-
-
-

Biography:
Thomas Wilkins began his playing days with Sydenham a team made-up of "pals on and off the field". It was from there he made the short move to Glentoran where he developed into an adept left-winger with the Seconds. He made his senior debut during the 1931/32 season and scored his first goal in November 1932 against Bangor. However, firstteam appearances were few and far between, and even with the Seconds he found himself side-lined for the 1932/33 Steel Cup final. His craft was recognised with selection for the Irish Junior International side, and "he certainly didn't let the selectors down". As a player he had a "style that was attractive on the line" and could "develop some pretty movements weithout introducing frills". It was a move to Bangor, where the sea air proved a tonic, that seemingly set Wilkins career on the right path, his pace leaving less-alert and lively defenders cold and his well-timed centres providing ready ammunition "when the men in the middle are well placed". A popular player with the crowds, he earned his only Amateur cap following a move to Newry, finally earning the recognition that was predicted for him at the outset of his career.

Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
15-02-1936 England A L 0-5

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

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