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Thomas Bamlett (1900/01 - 1903/04)

Thomas Bamlett
Birth Kibblesworth
Joined02/1901Kibblesworth Colliery
Debut03/10/01Notts C (A)Div 1
Left05/1904West Ham

Although not tall Thomas possessed a fine physique and looked likely to develop into a fine back.

He made his debut for the A team against Leadgate Park soon after arriving. Northumbrian, in his Athletic News column, described him as a fearless tackler who could kick a good length and displayed commendable coolness and resource in placing the ball when in a tight corner.

Competition for places in the side was very keen at the time and in the end he only made two first-team appearances. He appeared at right-back in the consecutive away games against Notts County and Small Heath in October of the 1901/02 season.

He was one of three United players, Kingsley and Gardner being the others, who moved to Southern League West Ham in the summer of 1904.

Thomas was a “hail fellow well met” and beloved by all classes from the nipper upwards. He was an idol in his native village of Kibblesworth as, before moving to West Ham, he was the most prominent member of the local cricket club.

Season by Season

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1901/02 (2)

Thomas comes in for the injured Dave Gardner and plays very well in the 2-0 victory over Notts County at Trent Bridge. He keeps his place for the match at Small Heath but steps down with Gardner returning. When Gardner is indisposed again a couple of games later Bennie takes his place.