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Tommy Meehan

Tommy Meehan

Clubs played for: Newton, Walkden Central, Rochdale, Manchester United, Chelsea (1917-1924)

Born: 1896

Birthplace: Harpurhey, Manchester

Position: Wing-half

Biography: Arrived from Manchester United for £3,300 after lengthy negotiations and became a crowd idol almost as soon as he made his debut against Liverpool just after Christmas in 1920. A 'jack in a box' type of player, he was always likely to pop up anywhere and was seen as a live-wire. He was a regular in the Half-back line for four seasons and had won his first international cap for England against Ireland just before his death when he was at the height of his powers. Despite this, he was unable to help stop the club dropping into the Second Division. Died in St Georges Hospital in August 1924 from polio. His death shocked the football world and 2,000 mourners attended his funeral in Wandsworth. A fund was set up to support his wife and children and a benefit match between Chelsea and a London XI raised more than £1,500 with more money donated later.

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