The Encylopedia of British Football

Tommy Caldwell

Thomas (Tommy) Caldwell was born in London in 1886. He played local football before joining Clapton Orient in 1907. After playing in only seven games this speedy left-winger signed for Southend United.

Caldwell joined West Ham United in the summer of 1909. He made his debut against Exeter City on 2nd September, 1909. Caldwell joined a team that included Herbert Ashton, Fred Blackburn, Bob Fairman, Frank Cannon, George Kitchen, Frank Piercy, Tommy Randall, Danny Shea, and George Webb.

He soon became a favourite of the Upton Park fans and made 30 consecutive appearances before getting injured against Millwall. In his first season he scored 8 goals in 35 games. This included a hat-trick against Bristol Rovers.

The following season he only scored 4 goals in 42 cup and league games. He left the club in 1912 and later played for New Brompton and Reading.