Although he hailed from Clayton le Moors near Accrington, versatile left sided defender Tom Berry spent his whole professional football career at Boothferry Park during the club’s heyday decade – when gates were sky-high, famous faces occupied the manager’s hotseat and famous names were in the first team. Berry was a constant presence in the first team squad from 1947 until well into the 1950s, claiming a Division Three North winners medal in 1949.
As a young man Berry was employed by the RAF during World War 2 and joined the Tigers when he was demobilised in 1947, having played forces representative football. He immediately won his place in the first team and, barring the occasional knock, stayed there for seven seasons. From the mid 1950s onwards his involvement was hampered by injury, impaired eyesight and the emergence over younger talent, but he still played a supporting role to the first team. He struck his only goal for Hull City against Port Vale in February 1956, in suitably grand fashion as a free kick from inside his own half slithered past the unvaliant goalkeeper after skidding on the icy Boothferry Park surface.
Berry signed for Cheshire League side Buxton when he left City in October 1957, where he played and later coached. He died in September 2003 in the Lancashire town where he was born and grew up.
Date/Place of Birth: 31 March 1922, Clayton le Moors
Hull City First Game: 6 September 1947, Rotherham United A (Division Three North), 25 years, 159 days old
Hull City Final Game: 23 September 1957, Mansfield Town A (Division Three North), 35 years, 176 days old
Oxford City, Great Harwood, Hull City (1947-1957), Buxton
Hull City Record
Career: 295 apps, 1 goalsTom Berry