Sunday, December 24, 2006

100 Person Who Shock The Kop - NO 98: Tom Bromilow


We continue our '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' countdown by recalling the career of 1920s favourite Tom Bromilow.
Four years after our ground-breaking '100 Days That Shook The Kop', we are delighted to invite you to enjoy our new '100 Players Who Shook The Kop' series – the definitive countdown of the 100 players who have made the biggest impact at Liverpool.

Over 110,000 supporters have all nominated their own personal Top 10 players in order of impact made and now the definitive top 100 countdown is underway.

Every player who has made the top 100 – and there are some surprises in there - will be honoured on this website via the e-Season ticket console with a specially produced video clip, including archive footage and exclusive interviews.

Since 1892 hundreds of players have represented this club but everyone has their own particular favourites so don't expect this list to be based solely on talent. The greatness of a player can be measured in many ways – obviously, his ability on the pitch is the most important, but 100 PWSTK is much more than that. It's about the impact the individuals chosen have had on this club, be it for a variety of reasons. Maybe it was because of their unique rapport with the crowd, a specific incident that has never been forgotten or anything else that has left a lasting impression.

Name: Tom Bromilow

Years at Liverpool: 1919 to 1930
Position: Left Half

Date-of-birth: 7/10/1894
Birthplace: Liverpool

Signed from: wartime service (summer 1919)

Games played: 375
Goals scored: 11

Honours won: First Division Championship (1921/22, 1922/23)

Sold to: Left to take up a coaching position in Holland (summer 1930)

Tom Bromilow was signed by Liverpool after turning up at Anfield one afternoon and tentatively asking for a trial. He'd just been de-mobbed from the army after serving in the First World War and his request was granted by the Reds assistant boss of the time George Patterson. The locally-born defender quickly impressed and didn't look back. Within a couple of months he was making his first team debut in a 2-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor and soon became an established member of the side that was to win back-to-back League titles in the early twenties. A fine tackler and distributor of the ball, Bromilow was regarded as the brains of the team and blossomed into a full England international within three years of turning professional. He continued to be an influential first team regular until the latter part of the decade, serving the club with distinction and leading by example as team captain.

Claim to fame: Was a virtual ever-present during the back-to-back League title triumphs of the early twenties

Did you know? After hanging up his boots he went to coach in Amsterdam before embarking on a managerial career with Burnley, Newport, Crystal Palace and Leicester City

Where is he now? Died on a train in March 1959

Stephen Done on Tom Bromilow: "He was a seriously cultured player and a great signing because we signed him for nothing after he literally just knocked on the door one day. I just love his story!"

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