(1922 – 2009)
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(1922 – 2009)
This memorial is dedicated to Tommy Capel. Thomas Capel was a former 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. Tommy Capel played football for a works team, Gosling's, in Manchester, and for Droylsden, before joining Manchester City in 1941. Tommy Capel was described as a "powerful, bustling player" eventually moved to Nottingham Forest. 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 1950â€“51 season.Tommy Capel spent four-and-a-half
seasons at Forest, and scored 72 goals from 162 appearances in all competitions. In the 1954 close season, Tommy 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 1956â€“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. Tommy 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". Tommy Capel was born in Chorlton, 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. This online obituary is dedicated to Tommy Capel, his contribution to football and his life, may he rest in peace.
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