450 Tommy Martin

Biography

Experienced Scotsman Tommy Martin joined City in June 1955 for a £7,000 fee. Manager Bob Brocklebank deployed Martin mostly in defence but occasionally in midfield. Martin’s arrival coincided with a terrible run of form in the first half of 1955/56 that saw the Tigers marooned at the foot of the Division Two table. He scored his first goal for City on New Years Eve in a 1-1 draw against Plymouth, but an injury during that match meant he missed several weeks and was selected only three more times during the remainder of the season, which ended in relegation. He did contribute City’s only goal in an April 1956 1-4 defeat against a Leeds United side managed by ex-Tiger Raich Carter – City were already relegated mathematically, Leeds secured promotion thanks to that victory. Martin played only a handful of Division Three North matches in 1956/57 and left the club in September 1957.

Martin was born in Glasgow and began his career with local sides Tollcross YMCA and Shettleston Juniors. He joined Heart of Midlothian in 1942 and spent seven seasons at Tynecastle, playing 16 times in wartime competitions after 7 times over three seasons when the Scottish League resumed in 1946. In March 1949 he joined Stirling Abion, initially on loan then permanently in October for a club record £3,000 fee, but within a year he had attracted the attention of Doncaster Rovers, who paid £5,000 for Martin in July 1950. Two good seasons at Doncaster encouraged Nottingham Forest to sign Martin in October 1952, his fee now increased to £15,000, a record for Forest. He left Forest for Hull City in 1955.

Leaving City in 1957, Martin joined Rothes FC as player-coach while working in a local drapery, leading the Speysiders to the Highland League title in 1958/59. In 1959 he returned to Stirling Albion in a similar coaching role. Martin died at Blantyre, on the southern fringes of Glasgow, in August 1996.

Details

Nationality: Scotland
Date/Place of Birth: 21 December 1924, Glasgow
Hull City First Game: 20 August 1955, Leicester City H (Division Two), 30 years, 242 days old
Hull City Final Game: 19 April 1957, Accrington Stanley H (Division Three North), 32 years, 119 days old

Clubs

Tollcross YMCA, Shettleston Juniors, Heart of Midlothian (1942-1949), Stirling Albion (1949, loan), Stirling Albion (1949-1950), Doncaster Rovers (1950-1952), Nottingham Forest (1952-1955), Hull City (1955-1957), Rothes FC

Hull City Record

Career: 32 apps, 2 goals

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