196 Tommy Wyper

Biography

Tommy Wyper was a Scottish wide player who joined the Tigers in February 1927 to replace Alf Horne at outside right. He scored on his debut, a 3-3 draw against Middlesbrough, and missed only two matches for the remainder of the season. At the start of 1927/28 season Wyper was again the first choice outside right of manager Bill McCracken, but the goals did not come and by late October he had drifted out of the first team picture. He returned in February 1928 and scored his second and final goal for the Tigers in a 3-1 win over Leeds United but he missed the last five games of the season and moved on that summer.

Henry Thomas Hartley Wyper, known as Tommy, was born at Coatbridge, a town to the east of Glasgow, and began his career playing for North Ayrshire junior side Glengarnock Vale. After playing in services football following World War One Tommy signed for Southport in February 1921 on amateur terms and turned professional at the start of 1922. After a brief spell at Motherwell and the start of 1922/23 season Wyper returned to Southport but made only two Division Three North appearances that season to add to the seven he made the previous term. He drifted into the non-league scene in September 1923, playing for Wallasey United and Burscough Rangers before rejoining the Division Three North ranks in September 1925 when he signed for Accrington Stanley. He hit his straps in East Lancashire, scoring 17 times in 79 appearances across two seasons prior to joining Hull City.

Wyper signed for Charlton Athletic in September 1928 after an unsuccessful trial at Arsenal and spent three seasons at The Valley, winning the Division Three South title in 1929. He spent 1931/32 season at Queens Park Rangers before his journeyman career took him north to Chester then west to Bristol Rovers. Tommy rejoined Accrington Stanley in May 1933 and after a season at Peel Park he had a short spells at Macclesfield, Crewe Alexandra and a season at Rossendale United. By 1939 Wyper was living in Poole in Dorset, where he worked as a gas fitter. By 1950 he had moved to Bournemouth to run a boarding house (he had previously owned the Peel Park Hotel during his second spell at Accrington Stanley) before emigrating with his wife, 21 year old daughter and 5 year old son to Australia on the P&O steamship Georgic. He lived in Victoria State for many years where he died in January 1974.

Details

Nationality: Scotland
Date/Place of Birth: 8 October 1900, Coatbridge
Hull City First Game: 5 February 1927, Middlesbrough H (Division Two), 26 years, 120 days old
Hull City Final Game: 9 April 1928, Swansea Town A (Division Two), 27 years, 184 days old

Clubs

Glengarnock Vale, Southport (1921-1922), Motherwell (1922), Southport (1922-1923), Wallasey United (1923-1924), Burscough Rangers (1924-1925), Accrington Stanley (1925-1927), Hull City (1927-1928), Charlton Athletic (1928-1931), Queens Park Rangers (1931-1932), Chester (1932-1933), Bristol Rovers (1933), Accrington Stanley (1933-1934), Macclesfield (1934-1935), Crewe Alexandra (1935), Rossendale United (1935-1936)

Hull City Record

Career: 40 apps, 2 goals

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