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Tommy Capel

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Thomas Arthur Capel 27 June 1922 – 5 October 2009 was an English professional footballer who scored 120 goals from 276 appearances in the Football League playing for Manchester City, Chesterfield, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Halifax Town He played as an inside left


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Capel played football for a works team, Gosling's, in Manchester, and for Droylsden, before joining Manchester City in 1941, He made his competitive debut on 4 January 1947 in a 1–0 win in the Football League Second Division away at Chesterfield Bob Brocklebank signed him for Chesterfield in October 1947 He scored on his league debut for the club, finished his first season as the club's leading scorer with 16 despite joining well after the start of the season, and in something under two seasons scored a total of 27 league goals from 62 appearances In the 1949 close season Brocklebank signed him for a second time, taking him to First Division club Birmingham City for a fee of £10,000

Capel, described as a "powerful, bustling player", failed to settle at Birmingham, and moved to Nottingham Forest a few months later He and Wally Ardron formed "a lethal striking partnership" which contributed to Forest, under the management of Billy Walker, winning the Third Division South title in the 1950–51 season Capel spent four-and-a-half seasons at Forest, and scored 72 goals from 162 appearances in all competitions

In the 1954 close season, Capel joined Coventry City, for whom he scored 19 goals from 34 league matches in the Third Division South, and finished off his league career with a few months at Third Division North club Halifax Town, thus completing the set of playing in all four divisions of the Football League

Capel spent the 1956–57 season with non-league side Heanor Town They won the Central Alliance North title, scoring 158 goals in the 30 games available, and finished the season with a flourish Capel had scored four in a match for Nottingham Forest against Gillingham in 1950: he went one better in Heanor's last game of the season against Sutton Town, "scoring all five goals including one from the penalty spot with his unfavoured right foot"

Personal life

Capel was born in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester He served in the Royal Marines during the Second World War, alongside fellow footballers Eddie Quigley and Ken Oliver His younger brother Freddie also became a professional footballer The pair were on Chesterfield's books at the same time, but played together only once, for the reserve team

He died in October 2009, aged 87


  1. ^ "Tommy Capel" Barry Hugman's Footballers Retrieved 12 July 2015 
  2. ^ a b c "Tommy Capel" UK A–Z Transfers Neil Brown Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  3. ^ a b "Freddie Capel" Chesterfield FC 7 October 2007 Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  4. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony 1995 Birmingham City: A Complete Record Derby: Breedon Books p 77 ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9 
  5. ^ "Season 1946/47" Flash site, cannot supply specific url MCFCstats Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  6. ^ "The Managers: Bob Brocklebank" Chesterfield FC 21 June 2008 Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  7. ^ Basson, Stuart "Debut scorers" Excel spreadsheet Chesterfield FC Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  8. ^ "Season-by-season performance totals" Excel spreadsheet Chesterfield FC Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  9. ^ "The Managers: Bob Brocklebank" Chesterfield FC 21 June 2008 Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  10. ^ "Nottingham Forest : The Official Statistical History" Nottingham Forest FC 7 June 2006 Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  11. ^ "Nottingham Forest's Managers" Nottingham Forest FC Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  12. ^ "All Time Top Scorers" Excel spreadsheet Nottingham Forest FC Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  13. ^ "Records And Cup Wins" Nottingham Forest FC Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  14. ^ "The ghost of Christmas past" Belper News Johnston Press 28 December 2006 Retrieved 10 June 2009 
  15. ^ "Death of former Forest striker Tommy Capel" Nottingham Evening Post 6 October 2009 Retrieved 1 November 2009 

External links

  • Capel's League stats at Neil Brown's site

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