Player profile

Tom Bromilow

Birthdate: 7 October 1894
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: West Dingle, United West Dingle Presbyterians
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 1919
International debut: 14.03.1921 vs. Wales
International caps: 5/0 - 24.10.1925
Liverpool debut: 25.10.1919
Last appearance: 03.05.1930
Debut goal: 24.01.1920
Last goal: 24.11.1928
Contract expiry: 1930
Win ratio: 42.93% W: 161 D: 101 L: 113
Wartime games/goals: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 341 / 11
Total LFC games/goals: 375 / 11

Player profile

Bromilow who had just left the Army, asked Liverpool for a trial at the end of the World War I, a lucky catch if there ever was one as then Secretary George Patterson recalled, "I should think that it is one of the luckiest signings I have made." The club programme from 18 February 1920 noted that Bromilow had "not yet figured on the losing side with the Reds. In all he has taken part in fourteen engagements, including two cup ties which have resulted in ten victories and four drawn games, with a goal record in his side's favour of 23 and only five against. Bromilow's advent and McKinlay's retirement to full-back has proved a most judicious move in the re-arrangement of the club's resources." The team lost eventually with Bromilow playing two games later but had greatly improved finishing fourth after being as low as eighteenth in December.

Bromilow played in a total of 28 games during his debut season and would miss only five matches over the next three seasons, which included the club's third and fourth League Championships in successive seasons, 1921/22 and 1922/23. Bromilow played usually at left-half and formed a powerful half-back trio with Jock McNab and Walter Wadsworth. Bromilow was said to be "more dainty and artistic than either of his two colleagues, but is eminently efficient none the less." Bromilow made his final appearance for the club at Blackburn on the last day of the 1929/30 season after an immensely successful career at the Reds. He was fondly remembered by Liverpool fans and a poll among them in 1939 revealed he came fifth when they were asked to name the best-ever Liverpool player.

Bromilow started his coaching career in the summer of 1930 in Amsterdam, Holland, which was an unusual place to start. In October 1932 he was appointed manager of Burnley who had been relegated to the Second Division two years earlier. The highlight of his time there being when the Clarets reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in the 1933/34 season. Bromilow left in July 1936 for third division south's Crystal Palace after a series of mid-table finishes in the second tier of League football. Liverpool was never far from his thoughts and when the role of manager at Liverpool became vacant he applied with 51 others but George Kay was appointed in August 1936. Bromilow left the Eagles after only one season taking charge of Newport County in 1936/37, then returning to Palace, finishing runners-up in Third Division South before the outbreak of World War II. He managed Leicester City during the war, winning the League South title and Midland Cup. He returned to Newport for a couple of years, before joining Leicester again, this time as scout. Bromilow died suddenly on a train in Nuneaton on 4 March 1959 while scouting a cup game between Wrexham and Merthyr Tydfil for Leicester.

Appearances per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals34133001375
1919-1920 23500028
1920-1921 40300043
1921-1922 40300144
1922-1923 41400045
1923-1924 27500032
1924-1925 21200023
1925-1926 30300033
1926-1927 40400044
1927-1928 42200044
1928-1929 28200030
1929-1930 900009

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

TotalOpponent
22Sunderland
20Sheffield United
20Bolton Wanderers
17WBA
17Everton
17Arsenal
17Huddersfield Town
17Newcastle United
16Blackburn Rovers
16Burnley
15Birmingham City
15Manchester United
14Aston Villa
14Cardiff City
13Manchester City
11Tottenham
11Middlesbrough
10Preston North End
9Derby
9West Ham United
8Chelsea
8Bury
7Oldham Athletic
7Sheffield Wednesday
6Leeds United
5Southampton
5Bradford City
5Leicester City
4Notts County
4Portsmouth
3Nottingham Forest
2Bournemouth
2Stoke City
2Bradford Park Avenue
2Gateshead
1Darlington
1Luton Town
1Southport
1Fulham
1Wolves
TotalCompetition
341League
33FA Cup
1Charity Shield

Goals per season

SeasonLeagueFALCEuropeOtherTotal
Totals11000011
1919-1920 100001
1920-1921 000000
1921-1922 200002
1922-1923 300003
1923-1924 000000
1924-1925 000000
1925-1926 100001
1926-1927 000000
1927-1928 300003
1928-1929 100001
1929-1930 000000

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

TotalCompetition
11League
TotalOpen play/Penalty
11Open play
0Penalty

Wartime Appearances / Goals

SeasonAppearancesGoals
1918-191910

Stats note

Milestone Appearances

#DateAgainstStadiumCompetition
125.10.1919BurnleyTurf MoorLeague
5001.01.1921Aston VillaVilla ParkLeague
10028.01.1922WBAAnfieldFA Cup
15017.03.1923Manchester CityHyde RoadLeague
20018.10.1924Sheffield UnitedAnfieldLeague
25030.08.1926Aston VillaVilla ParkLeague
30001.10.1927PortsmouthAnfieldLeague
35024.11.1928The WednesdayHillsboroughLeague

Milestone Goals

#MinuteDateAgainstStadiumCompetition
15724.01.1920Bolton WanderersBurnden ParkLeague

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Mr Bromilow's Phosferine Advert

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"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!"

Liverpool FC museum curator Stephen Done on Tom Bromilow

"His signature was obtained in the strangest manner. He came to the ground in uniform during the war and asked for a game. I asked George Fleming, who was in charge of the second team then, how he was fixed and he said he could do with another player, Bromilow played at outside right and was an instant success. When the war ended he signed as a professional. Eventually he took his place in the first team when Lacey was playing an international match for Ireland. I should think that it is one of the luckiest signings I have made."

George Patterson on Tom Bromilow

"Quite a good impression was created by the local lad Bromilow at right half-back; it was asking a great deal of him to place him against such a clever pair as Lindsay and Mosscrop, but he came out of the ordeal with distinct credit."

Tom Bromilow made his debut on 25 October 1919 at Burnley's Turf Moor. Liverpool won 2-1. From the club programme's report.

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
1919-1920 * Defender
1920-1921 * Defender
1921-1922 * Defender
1922-1923 * Defender
1923-1924 * Defender
1924-1925 * Defender
1925-1926 * Defender
1926-1927 * Defender
1927-1928 * Defender
1928-1929 * Defender
1929-1930 * Defender
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.

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