Griffiths, Thomas

Birth Date

14th November 1888

Birthplace

Manchester, England

Occupation

Half-Back

Biographical Text

After he left school, Griffths started playing for Liverpool Telegraph Messengers and then went to Clitheroe Central, playing as an amateur for three months in the Lancashire Combination.

It was during his short time with the Clitheroe club that he was spotted and signed by Blackburn Rovers as a professional.

He featured in their Lancashire Combination side and played in the team that won the championship.

He signed for Exeter City in the summer of 1910 and made his first team debut in a Southern League fixture in London against Leyton.

He only managed four more appearances that season, but the following campaign added a further 17 outings, scoring twice.

Moving on to join Clapton Orient for the 1911-12 season, he appeared in 12 Football League matches. He joined Llanelli, Wales in 1914. Griffiths was also noted as an athlete and ran as a professional in Lancashire, winning over £100 in prize money.

“Exeter Footballer's Tribute to His Dead Comrade
Another letter has reached Exeter from somewhere in France written by Tom Griffiths, R.G.A., the former popular Exeter City professional footballer. In this letter he supplements what has previously written home (it was published in these columns at the time) about the death of his old athletic colleague at Exeter, Spencer Bassett, who was killed in France while serving with the R.G.A. "It was shock,'' Griffiths now writes. "to learn about poor Spencer. The Huns had been shelling a village, where he was billeted, all day and night. It happened about one in the morning. A shell dropped into Spencer's billet, and you may guess he was not the only one hit. A few of our lot were called out to give a helping hand, and when I got there Spencer had been taken away. His last words were, 'Tell Griffo' (the nick-name Griffiths was always known at Exeter) 'that I have been hit.' Just to think I missed seeing my old pal only a few minutes. . . was loved by all the boys, and was one of the finest fellows that ever stepped in two shoes."
Western Times - Friday 8 June 1917

Appearances

22

Goals

2

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