Tom Adamson

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Tom Adamson
Personal information
Full name Thomas Kay Adamson[1]
Date of birth 12 February 1901
Place of birth Mossend, Scotland
Playing position Left back
Youth career
Blantyre Celtic
Bellshill Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1928 Bury 271 (0)
1929–1934 Brentford 141 (0)
1934 Stockport County 0 (0)
Teams managed
1935 Ards
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Kay Adamson was a Scottish professional football left back and manager, best remembered for his time in the Football League with Bury and Brentford.[2] He later had a short tenure as manager of Irish League side Ards.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

A left back, Adamson began his career at Scottish junior clubs Blantyre Celtic and Bellshill Athletic.[2]


Adamson moved to England to join Division Two side Bury in 1921.[2] Over the course of seven years at Gigg Lane, Adamson made 271 appearances and helped the Shakers to promotion back to Division One in the 1923–24 season.[2]


Adamson dropped down to the Division Three South to sign for Brentford prior to the beginning of the 1929–30 season.[2] He immediately broke into the team and made 36 appearances during his debut season,[3] a campaign memorable for the Bees record-breaking 21 home wins.[4] Adamson was a mainstay of the side for the following two seasons and made 28 appearances to help the Bees into Division Two for the first time in the club's history in the 1932–33 season, winning the Division Three South title.[3] Age caught up to Adamson and he made just eight appearances during the 1933–34 season and departed Griffin Park at the end of the campaign.[2][3] Adamson made 153 appearances in four years with the Bees.[2]

Stockport County[edit]

Adamson returned to the Manchester area to sign for Division Three North side Stockport County in 1934.[2] He failed to make an appearance for the club and ended his career having failed to score in over 400 professional matches.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Adamson had a short spell as manager of Irish League side Ards in 1935.[5] Former Brentford full back partner Alexander Stevenson was one of his signings.[2]

Personal life[edit]

While growing up, Adamson went to school with future Scottish internationals Hughie Gallacher and Alex James.[2]



Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brentford 1929–30[3] Third Division South 35 0 1 0 36 0
1930–31[3] 36 0 5 0 41 0
1931–32[3] 35 0 5 0 40 0
1932–33[3] 27 0 1 0 28 0
1933–34[3] Second Division 8 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 141 0 12 0 153 0


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 5. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Harefield: Yore Publications. p. 8. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 370–372. ISBN 0951526200. 
  4. ^ History. "Brentford FC History". Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Irish Football Club Project – Ards Football Club – Managers". Archived from the original on 31 October 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2015.