Alexander “Alec” Thom was an outside left who had built his reputation in the Scottish leagues before joining the Tigers in the 1922 close season. He was a near-ever present for all four of his seasons at Anlaby Road, noted for his trickery and pace as well as his crosses and goals.
Born in Stevenston in Ayrshire, Thom played junior football as a young man at Fifeshire side Leven Amateurs and Glasgow side Yoker Athletic. He joined Dumbarton at the end of 1913 and in seven years made over 200 appearances for the Pars as well as completing several “loans” to other clubs. In 1920 he joined Greenock Morton, moving to Airdreonians a year later.
Thom left Hull City in 1926 and joined Swindon Town, where he spent a further four seasons prior to retirement in 1930. Thom later returned to Scotland and died at Old Kilpatrick, a town on the banks of the River Clyde, in October 1973.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 October 1894, Stevenston
Hull City First Game: 23 September 1922, Fulham H (Division Two), 27 years, 347 days old
Hull City Final Game: 1 May 1926, Wolverhampton Wanderers A (Division Two), 31 years, 202 days old
Leven Amateurs, Yoker Athletic, Dumbarton (1913-1920), Kilmarnock (1917, loan), Ayr United (1917-1918, loan), Motherwell (1918-1919, loan), Greenock Morton (1920-1921), Airdrieonians (1921-1922), Hull City (1922-1926), Swindon Town (1926-1930)
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Career: 140 apps, 18 goalsAlec Thom