Tom Waddell

Thomas "Tom" Waddell was born in South Glasgow into a well-to-do, restauranteur family. And at nineteen he was, as forward, already turning out for Queen's Park, it is said because he was at Glasgow High School with the Willies, Gulliland and Lambie, also future players for the club and, indeed, like Waddell, internationals. However, both were younger than our man and the truth is that rather than he being enticed he probably did the enticing, not least because his family home was in Queen Mary Drive, Crosshill about three hundred yards from the first Hampden Park. Despite starting in the junior game with Victoria, probably on Glasgow Green, Queen's Park for him could not have been more local. 

Waddell would spend eight seasons with The Spiders with guest appearances with the London, elite club, Corinthians, in 1892 and Edinburgh's St. Bernard's in 1893, when he also was a Scottish Cup winner. He would be a first team regular from nineteen and at twenty earn his first of six caps, scoring in the game against Ireland, including three against England, again a goal but all heavy defeats as the selectors still could not bring themselves to select the best players if they played Down South.  

However, in 1895 and still only twenty-five he was struck down pleurisy, from which he never really recovered enough for the top-flight although he continued to play friendlies until he thirty or so. Meantime he married Margaret Thomson, with whom he would have two daughters and, whilst he elder brother continued the catering business he took a very different course. He became and remained a partner in a machine-tool manufacturer based in Johnstone, his family moving to and settling in Elderslie, coincidently or not in a house backing onto the golf-course. And it was there in 1956 at a venerable eighty-five he passed away in 1956, survived, perhaps just, by his wife and buried in Woodside cemetery, Paisley. 

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