The son of West Ham United and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince, Tom carved a reputation for attacking prowess at Blackpool that prompted City to sign him in July 2014 for a £1.6m fee that was eventually decided by FA Tribunal. Despite offering clear ball playing talents he never established himself in Steve Bruce’s Premier League team and within three months he was loaned out to Nottingham Forest and then Derby County before leaving the club in July 2015.
Thomas Christopher “Tom” Ince was born in Stockport into a footballing family and grew up in Italy before spending his youth career at Liverpool. He was unable to establish a first team spot at Anfield, his solitary first team appearance coming in September 2010 when he came on as substitute in a League Cup tie against Northampton Town, a tie the Reds lost after a penalty shootout. He spent three months on loan at Notts County during the 2010/11 season, scoring twice in 8 appearances, but was unable to make any further impression at Anfield.
In August 2011 Ince moved to Blackpool on a three year contract and in his first season he was an important part of the Tangerines’ side that recovered from Premier League relegation to reach the Championship play-off final at Wembley – Ince scored for Blackpool that day but West Ham United prevailed 2-1 and the Bloomfield Road side’s descent down the Football League ladder commenced. Ince remained at Blackpool for another year and a half, scoring 20 goals in the 2012/13 season and attracting overseas interest from the likes of Monaco and Inter Milan. He added a further 8 goals in the first half of the 2013/14 season to take his Tangerines tally to 33 goals in 113 appearances. In January 2014 he was loaned to Premier League side Crystal Palace on a ‘try before you buy’ deal, but Tom’s one goal in 8 appearances failed to impress the South London side and he instead joining Hull City in the 2014 close season.
After a half season loan at Derby County, Ince joined the Rams on a permanent deal in July 2015, earning Hull City a handsome £4.75 million fee. At Derby Tom rekindled the form he had shown at Blackpool, assembling a series of impressive attacking performances and plenty of goals during his two years at Pride Park – he netted 29 goals in 96 appearances for the Rams.
In July 2017 Ince signed for newly promoted Premier League side Huddersfield Town for a fee of around £8 million, which netted Hull City a useful sell-on fee. He made 37 appearances for the Terriers but managed only three goals and a year later in July 2018 Ince was again on the move, giving Huddersfield an unexpected profit with a £10 million switch to Stoke City. Over the next two years Ince made 88 appearances for the Potters and scored 9 goals as they tumbled out of the Premier League and consolidated in the Championship. In January 2021 Tom joined Luton Town on a six month loan but managed only seven appearances as the Hatters secured a mid-table Championship finish.
Ince added a further 15 senior appearances for Stoke City in the first half of the 2021/22 season, scoring five times including a winner at the MKM Stadium against Hull City, days before the takeover of Acun Ilicali. At the end of January 2022 Ince was loaned to Championship strugglers Reading, who were managed by his former ex-England international father Paul Ince. After 15 loan appearances and two goals for the Royals his transfer was made permanent in June 2022.
Ince was a regular England under-21 for several seasons, after having played at under-17 and under-19 levels. Between 2012 and 2014 he won 18 England under-21 caps, making his debut in September 2012 against Azerbaijan. He scored three times for the under-21s, twice against Sweden in February 2013 and once against San Marino in November 2013.
Date/Place of Birth: 30 January 1992, Stockport
Hull City First Game: 31 July 2014, AS Trencin A (Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round First Leg), 22 years, 182 days old
Hull City Final Game: 31 January 2015, Newcastle United H (Premier League), 23 years, 1 days old
Liverpool (2008-2011), Notts County (2010-2011, loan), Blackpool (2011-2014), Crystal Palace (2014, loan), Hull City (2014-2015), Nottingham Forest (2014, loan), Derby County (2015, loan), Derby County (2015-2017), Huddersfield Town (2017-2018), Stoke City (2018-2022), Luton Town (2021, loan), Reading (2022, loan), Reading (2022-current)
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Career: 13 apps, 1 goalsThomas Ince
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