IRWIN, THOMAS  (West End 1882-85, White Rose 1886-87)

DOB: NOV.13th.1866, 4 BATH LANE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
CHRISTENED/BAPTISED: JUL.14th.1867, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
DIED: MAY 6th.1942 (AGED 75), THE CROFT, LONGHORSLEY, NORTHUMBERLAND.
BURIED- JESMOND OLD CEMETERY. MAY 10th.1942
(Older Brother of JAMES IRWIN West End footballer)
ROLE: GOALKEEPER, Then HALF BACK & FORWARD.
 
1881 CENSUS: (Aged 14), Over Kellet, Lancashire, Son Thomas (Farm Manager) & Catherine. Brother of James (Aged 12), Harriet, Margaret, John & William R.
1891 CENSUS: (Aged 24), 47 Edward Street, Westgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Not Married (Additional sister Catherine & brother George)
1901 CENSUS: (Aged 34), 3 Cottenham Street, Westgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Married To Jane: Children: Harriet, Thomas H, James, Anne & John.  
 
CLUBS:
WEST END AFC & CC (1882 To 1885). WHITE ROSE AFC & CC (1886 To 1887).
VILLA ‘A’ (1887-88?), STRAWBERRY CABINET WORKS FC (1888/9?). BULL PARK BOWLS CLUB (20th ©)
 
OCCUPATION: CABINET MAKER / CARPENTER & SHOP FITTER
20th.© BUSINESS: THOMAS IRWIN & SONS SHOPFITTERS, STRAWBERRY LANE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE. 
(Initially he was as an Apprentice Carpenter to Ralph Hedley, when he also acted as a model in some of his pictures).
LATER: AMATEUR ARTIST Exhibited in ‘THE LOCAL ARTISTS OF THE NORTHERN COUNTIES’ 1921. 
 
PLAYER PROFILE
 
Thomas Irwiu although born in Newcastle on November 13th.1866. He spent his early childhood in Lancashire with his mother & father, who was a farm manager. Younger brother James would also later play for West End. At the age of 14 in 1881,Thomas was still living in Over Kellet in Lancashire with his family. However, it seems that within a year or so his family returned to Newcastle. It was here that Thomas began an apprenticeship as carpenter & wood carver under the famous NE artist Ralf Hedley. Living in the Westgate area of Newcastle James joined ‘junior’ club Newcastle West End & just after his 16th birthday he made his debut for their first team, in their first recorded victory. Ther defeated local side Marlborough 2:0..Thomas proved to have safe hands as a goalkeeper that season & is known to have featured in at least another 2  matches. These were on January 13th 1883 in a 4:0 friendly win over St. Cuthbert’s & on June 12th in a 1:0 to defeat to Hebburn Juniors in the Town Moor Temperance Festival Junior Competition. West Ends other keeper that season wash. Waggott. The following season saw West End rapidly develop & competition for places became stronger. Tom Minnikin was the main keeper that season, while Irwin was only seen in one 1st. team match that season on February 2nd , This wasat left half playing against St,. Cuthbert’s in an 1:0 friendly win. The club now had a second XI, but line ups have been difficult to find. Tom made at least 2 known appearances in that side; now playing more as a forward. In the first of these on December 22nd 1883, he scored twice in a 3:1 victory over Percy Rovers. Thomas Irwin  also captained the West End 2nd Team Cricket team during this period.
 
The Season 1884-85 was a similar situation. Tom Irwin was the second teams main centre forward throughout that season. The second team had a successful time of it; winning most of their friendly matches. He was involved in their 8:0; hammering of South Elswick on October 11th & an 8:1 trouncing of Whitburn’s  2nd Team in November. The West End Second Team entered the Northumberland FA’s new Second Team Competition. They won their 1sdt Round tie convincingly beating Jesmond 6:1.
West End won through their 2nd. Round tie against Elswick Ordnance Works 2:1 on February 21st 1885. They were then knocked out after beating Backworth Hotspur 2:1 on February 28th, with result declared void after an appeal; only to loose the replay 4:0. Tom gain a further 1st Team appearance that season, playing at inside right in 1:0 win over Shankhouse Blues on December 12th. 1884. This appears to be Thomas Irwin’s last season with club & no appearances at any level can be found for the following season. At some point soon after he switched clubs & was seen playing for the White Rose Club during their final season in existence ; the 1886-87 season. Prior to the football season he was also seen to turn out on one occasion for the White Rose cricket club. This was on August 21st 1886 a narrow defeat to Jarrow Rangers. Most football matches at this time in history continued to ne friendly challenge matches & the occasional cup match, White Roses games that season were also played in this manner. His debut for their first team was on October 30th in a 2:1 win over Monkwearmouth White Star. He now dropped back into a more midfield role & was only occasionally seen as a forward that season. The sides biggest win that season, was a 7:0 hammering of local side Clarence. Irwin scored twice in the game. All of his 7 known appearances were friendly matches. That summer Tom also turned for the cricket side again that summer & 2 games have been found to date, that he played in. In the last of these on July 16th 1887, he was 2 not out in a massive win over Victoria. They won by 113 runs & 2 wickets; 133 for 9 To 20 all out. The club amalgamated into Tom’s ex club West End to form their reserve side. However, it seems Tom left at this point.
His post West End & White Rose career now becomes very vague. It is requiring further confirmation that he was involved in local sides Villa ‘A’ the following season & then Strawberry Cabinet works, which became his family run cabinet making business. There was also a player called Irwin seen at inside right playing for Willington Athletic in 1888,but it is yet to be confirmed if that was Thomas Irwin. It is likely that around this time Tomas Irwin hung up his playing boots & concentrated on the      
 
As a young carpenter & cabinet maker, Thomas was involved in the carving of the pews in Newcastle Cathedral. He also assist Ralph Hedley out as one of his models in what his famous works or art depicting local North East life at the time. Perhaps his most famous, which has been verified academically & by his descendants is called ‘Shoeing a Refractory Horse in the Stocks’ , Here, a young 14 year Tom can be seen helping to shoe a very lively horse. It seems likely both he & his brother James were in the scene at the Black Gate. Census records confirm Thomas & his developing family continued to live in the Westgate area of Newcastle into the 20th. century; with his business “Thomas Irwin & Sons Cabinet Works” on Strawberry Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne continuing to thrive. The exposure to the world art under Ralph Hedley’s guidance most have rubbed off on Thomas & in his more mature years he became recognised as a local amateur artist & he exhibited in the Laing Art Gallery in a “Local Artists of the Northern Counties’ exhibition in the 1921. His works were often of local landscape scenes in watercolour & oils. Pictures of places such as Ponteland Church & the Pont River. Other scenes he painted were of the Simonside Hills & the Eden Valley,.
Thomas was a member of the Benwell At Club for many years. He was also a member of the Newcastle Bull Park Bowls Club, where he played along with brother James. Thomas resided in Benton, and then moved with his wife Jane, to Longhorsley in Northumberland, but sadly a year after celebrating his golden wedding he died aged 75 on May 6th 1942. His funeral  took place in Jesmond Cemetery.

IRWIN, THOMAS

ROLE: GOALKEEPER, Then HALF BACK & FORWARD.
HEIGHT: ? WEIGHT: ?
DOB: NOV.13th.1886, 4 BATH LANE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE. (Older brother of JAMES IRWIN West End FC)
CHRISTENED/BAPTISED: JUL.14th.1867, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.
DIED: MAY 6th.1942 (AGED 75), THE CROFT, LONGHORSLEY, NORTHUMBERLAND.
BURIED- JESMOND OLD CEMETERY. MAY 10th.1942
1881 CENSUS: (Aged 14), Over Kellet, Lancashire, Son Thomas (Farm Manager) & Catherine. Brother of James (Aged 12), Harriet, Margaret, John & William R.
1891 CENSUS: (Aged 24), 47 Edward Street, Westgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Not Married (Additional sister Catherine & brother George)
1901 CENSUS: (Aged 34), 3 Cottenham Street, Westgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Married To Jane: Children: Harriet, Thomas H, James, Anne & John.  
 
CAREER
 
WEST END AFC & CC (1882 To 1885). WHITE ROSE AFC & CC (AUG.1886 To 1887).
VILLA ‘A’ (1887-88?), STRAWBERRY CABINET WORKS (1888-89?). BULL PARK BOWLS CLUB (20th ©)
 
OCCUPATION: CABINET MAKER / CARPENTER & SHOP FITTER
20th.© BUSINESS: THOMAS IRWIN & SONS SHOPFITTERS, STRAWBERRY LANE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE. 
(Initially as an Apprentice to Ralph Hedley, when he also acted as a model in some of pictures).
LATER: AMATEUR ARTIST Exhibited in ‘THE LOCAL ARTISTS OF THE NORTHERN COUNTIES’. 
 
THOMAS IRWIN
 
APPEARANCE RECORD
 
1882-83 SEASON
 
WEST END ‘JUNIORS’ FC: 1st TEAM (Known) APPEARANCES
 
DEC.2nd.1882, MARLBOROUGH, Won 2:0, Friendly Challenge Match. *(Likely) DEBUT- Goal Keeper
(West End’s 1st Victory in a football match)
 
JAN.13th.1883, ST. CUTHBERT’S, Won 4:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Goalkeeper
 
JUN.12th.1883, HEBBURN JUNIORS, Lost 0:1, Town Moor Temperance Festival Junior Club Competition. Goalkeeper.
 
Total (known) Friendly Apps: 2 & 1 Cup App; 0 Goals.
 
SUMMER 1883
 
WEST END CRICKET CLUB: 2nd XI TEAM (Vice Capt)
 
No Apps Known
 
1883-84 SEASON
 
WEST END FC: 1St TEAM (Known) APPEARANCES
 
FEB.2nd.1884, ST. CUTHBERT’S, Won 1:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Left Half.
 
Total (known) Friendly Apps: 1; 0 Goals.
 
WEST END FC: 2nd TEAM (Known) APPEARANCES
 
DEC.22nd.1883, PERCY ROVERS, Won 3 : 1 (disputed). 2 GOALS- Inside Left.
 
MAR.22nd.1883, NEWBURN, Draw 0:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Centre Forward.
 
Total (known) Friendly Apps: 2; 2 Goals.
 
1884-85 SEASON
 
WEST END FC: 1St TEAM (Known) APPEARANCES
 
DEC.13th.1884, SHANKHOUSE BLUES, Won 1:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Inside Right
 
Total (known) Friendly Apps: 1; 0 Goals.
 
WEST END FC: 2nd TEAM (Known) APPEARANCES
 
SEP.20th.1884, HEATON 2nd. Won 3 (1 Disputed) : 2. Friendly challenge Match. Centre Forward
 
SEP.27th.1884, LEMINGTON 2nd. Won 5:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Centre Forward.
 
OCT.4th.1884, RENDEL, 2nd Won 5:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Centre Forward
 
OCT,11t.1884, SOUTH ELSWICK 1st TEAM, Won 8:0, Friendly Challenge Match, Centre Forward.
 
OCT.18th.1884, ST. ANDREW’S IRON WORKS 1st TEAM, Draw 1:1, Outside Right.
 
OCT.25th.1884, BLACKWORTH HOTSPUR 2nd, Won 8:1, Friendly Challenge Match. Centre Forward.
 
NOV.15th.1884, WHITBURN 2nd. Lost 3 : 8 (1 Disputed), Friendly Challenge Match. Outside Left.
 
DEC.6th.1884, RENDEL 2nd, Won 3:0, Friendly Challenge Match. Outside Right.
 
DEC.26th.1884, TYNE ASSOCIATION 2nd, Draw 1:1, Friendly Challenge Match. Right Half.
 
DEC.27th.1884, CITY HARRIERS, 1st TEAM, Won 2:0, Outside Right.
 
JAN.31st.1885, JESMOND ‘B’, Won 6:1, Northumberland FA 2nd Team Medal Competition 1st Rd. Outside Right.
 
FEB.21st.1885, ELSWICK ORDNANCE WORKS, Won 2:1, Northumberland FA 2nd Team Medal Competition 2nd Rd. Replay. Outside Right
 
(*FEB.28th.1885, BACKWORTH HOTSPUR, Won 2:1 (Result Declared Void), Northumberland FA 2nd Team Medal Competition 3rd Rd. Lost 0:4 in replay Line Ups Not Known).
 
Total (known) Friendly Apps: 10 & 2 Cup Apps; 0 Goals.   
 
SUMMER 1886
 
WHITE ROSE CRICKET CLUB: 1St TEAM (known) MATCHES
 
AUG.21st.1886, JARROW RAMBLERS, Lost by 17 Runs: 33 To 50, Friendly Challenge Match. DEBUT- 0 Runs?
 
Total (known) Matches 1; 0 Runs.   
 
1886-87 SEASON
 
WHITE ROSE AFC: 1ST TEAM (Known) APPEARANCES
 
OCT.30th.1886, MONKWEARMOUTH WHITE STAR, Won 2:1, Friendly Challenge Match. *DEBUT- Right Half. 
 
DEC.4th.1886, POINT PLEASANT ‘A’, Lost 0:3, Friendly Challenge Match. Left Half.
 
DEC.11th.1886, RENDEL JUNIORS / 3rds. Draw 2:2, Friendly Challenge Match. Outside Left.
 
DEC.18th.1886, MONKWEARMOUTH WHITE STAR, Draw 1:1, Friendly Challenge Match. Left Half.
 
DEC.25th.1886, LEMINGTON JUNIORS / 3rds, Won 6:2, Friendly Challenge Match. Centre Half.
 
FEB.26th.1887, CLARENCE, Won 7:0, Friendly Challenge Match. 2 GOALS- START-
 
MAR.5th.1887, MURTON RED, WHITE & BLUE, Won 2:1, Friendly Challenge Match. Inside Right.
 
Total (known) Friendly Apps: 7; 2 Goals
 
SUMMER 1887
 
WHITE ROSE CRICKET CLUB: 1St TEAM (known) MATCHES
 
MAY 21st.1887, GATESHEAD ST. JAMES, Lost by 20 Runs: 21 To 41, Friendly Challenge Match. 0 Runs?
 
JUL.2nd.1887, BACKWORTH PERCY, Lost by 2 Runs: 51 To 53, Friendly Challenge Match. 0 Runs.
 
JUL.16th.1887, VICTORIA, Won by 113 Runs & 2 wickets: 133 for 9 To 20. Friendly Challenge Match. 2 Not Out.
 
Total (known) Matches 3; 2 Runs.   
 
*1887-88: No Appearances located for either VILLA ‘A’ FC or STRAWBERRY CABINET WORKS FC.  
*1888-89: WILLINGTON ATHLETIC: SEP.8th.188 v POINT PLEASANT, Won 5:4, Friendly Challenge Match.
IRWIN- Inside Right. (To Confirm)
     

(Updated NOV.2015)

 





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