441 Tom Dryburgh

Biography

Experienced outside left Tom Dryburgh joined the Tigers in May 1954 for a £5,000 fee as manager Bob Jackson assembled a squad designed to launch a promotion drive during the 1954/55 season. Dryburgh slotted straight into the City first team ahead of Brian Bulless and when the Tigers won four of the first five league games Jackson’s plans seemed to be coming to fruition. Dryburgh missed four matches in September and when he returned in October City claimed three more victories, including a 2-1 win over Port Vale that saw Dryburgh score his first goal for the club. However ten winless games followed, in which Dryburgh played intermittently, and by the turn of the year the Tigers were drifting toward the lower reaches of the table. Tom scored further goals in December, a 2-2 draw at Doncaster, and February, a rare 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough, but in March Bob Jackson was removed from his post and Bob Brocklebank took over as City manager. Brocklebank did just enough to secure City’s Second Division status but he preferred local products Brian Cripsey and Brian Bulless on the left wing and Dryburgh left the club during the 1955 close season.

Thomas James Douglas Dryburgh was born in Kirkcaldy, deep in Fifeshire in Scotland, and spent his younger years serving in the military during World War Two. After the war Dryburgh played for Fifeshire Scottish junior side Lochgelly Albert and in April 1947 he was chosen to represent the Scottish Junior FA against their Welsh counterparts, an honour repeated when chosen to play Ireland in May 1947 – this footballing recognition came on top of Tom’s selection for a Scottish All-Stars ice hockey team. He attracted the attention of several Scottish sides but opted to join Aldershot in June 1947. After finding his feet in the reserves Dryburgh broke into the Shots’ first team in late September and he made 19 appearances in the 1947/48 season, scoring his first goal in a September 4-1 defeat against Queens Park Rangers.

In the 1948 close season Dryburgh joined Rochdale and he quickly established himself as a first team regular on the Spotland left wing, scoring 17 goals in 77 league starts across two seasons. After scoring 12 times for Dale in the 1949/50 season Dryburgh joined Second Division side Leicester City in August 1950 for a £7,500 fee. In four seasons at Filbert Street Tom made 99 starts and scored 30 goals in all competitions, scoring 12 goals in 1951/52 season and 11 goals in 1952/53 season. His time at Leicester culminated in lifting the Second Division title in 1953/54 season, with Dryburgh scoring four goals in 10 appearances.

In the 1955 close season Dryburgh joined Midland League side King’s Lynn alongside another Bob Jackson signing Johnnie Downie. After two seasons in the Fens Tom returned to Greater Manchester and had short spells at Oldham Athletic, Lancaster City and Rochdale, then a season at Morecambe for whom he struck an FA Cup hattrick against Netherfield, before hanging up his boots in the 1959 close season. He remained living in Rochdale for the rest of his life, dying there in May 2008.

Details

Nationality: Scotland
Date/Place of Birth: 23 April 1923, Kirkcaldy
Hull City First Game: 21 August 1954, Leeds United H (Division Two), 31 years, 120 days old
Hull City Final Game: 18 April 1955, Ipswich Town A (Division Two), 31 years, 360 days old

Clubs

Lochgelly Albert (1946-1947), Aldershot (1947-1948), Rochdale (1948-1950), Leicester City (1950-1954), Hull City (1954-1955), King’s Lynn (1955-1957), Oldham Athletic (1957), Lancaster City (1957), Rochdale (1957-1958), Morecambe (1958-1959)

Hull City Record

Career: 24 apps, 3 goals

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