Only Once a Blue (11) Thomas Mayson – Tony Onslow

Due to the disruption that followed World War One, Tommy Mayson slipped unnoticed, by the local press, in to the ranks of Everton Football Club in June 1919. He was born 8th of December 1886, at Whitehaven in Cumberland and was the 2nd child of John, a Plasterer, and his Irish born Wife Sarah. The 1891 census finds the family now living in the Northumberland village of Mickley but by 1901 they had settled in the Byker area of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Young Tommy began his football career with Walker Parish Church - who were members of the Northern Alliance League - where his skilful inside forward play earned him the moniker of “The Walker Wonder”. This alerted the area Scout of Football League side Burnley who gained his signature during the summer of 1907. He spent 4 seasons with the Division 2 outfit, playing around 67 matches, before signing for a Grimsby Town side who had just been re-elected to the...
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