Tom Alvey

Tom Alvey was a Sheffielder who played for Redcar and Middlesbrough

A Sheffielder, Tom Alvey originally played for Pyebank (where he faced Boro in late December 1884), making his debut for Redcar in 1882. He held a job with the office staff in the steelworks alongside his brother Henry, who was also a regular in the Redcar side.

Standing at 5ft 10 and weight 11 stone, Alvey was an excellent sportsman and became captain of Redcar and Coatham in the late 1880s, considered at that time to be one of the best full-backs in the game. His form attracted the attention of Middlesbrough, and he joined Redcar’s local rivals for most of 1887 and 1888. He also coached Redcar Crusaders, turning out for the town’s second club numerous times.

He was also a mainstay in the Cleveland Association representative side, and was considered by Northern Review to be “with perhaps a single exception, the best full-back Cleveland has produced.”

See also

Redcar and Coatham

Redcar Crusaders

External links

Redcar and Coatham on Wikipedia