First posted on Facebook on May 2nd, 2016
Happy Birthday to Tommy Ewing who will turn 79 today. Tommy played left wing for Partick Thistle , Aston Villa , Morton and finally Hamilton. It was during his first spell with Thistle that he was capped by Scotland on two occasions.
He first played for Scotland in November, 1957 at the age of twenty, lining up against Wales with some famous names including Tommy Younger in goal, Eric Caldow, Bobby Evans, Tommy Docherty, Alex Scott and Bobby Collins. Playing in his only International game was Ian Gardiner of Motherwell who was quite a prolific scorer during his time at Fir Park
It would be Collins who would score Scotland’s goal. However, the game was to end in a one all draw.
Tommy was retained for the next game, which was against England at Hampden in April, 1958 and played in front of a crowd of 127,874. Compared to the the Welsh game there was quite a few inexperienced players in the team. Another Motherwell player destined to make his only International appearance that day was Jim Forrest; not to be confused with the Jim Forrest that played for Rangers and Aberdeen and was capped by Scotland too. Jimmy Murray of Hearts also came into the side for first time and he would go on to be the scorer of Scotland’s first ever World Cup goal a couple of months later.
George Herd of Clyde made his debut too and like Murray would only gain a handful of caps. The wonderfully Harry Haddock of Clyde also played that day.
By this point you probably know what’s coming. Yep. it was another stuffing by the English. Bobby Charlton was among the goalscorers as England won 4-0.
And so that was it for Tommy with Stewart Imlach of Nottingham Forest coming in for the next game and being picked for the World Cup squad.
Tommy would move from Thistle in 1961 and spend three years at Aston Villa before returning back to Firhill for a couple more seasons before moving on to Morton and ending up at Hamilton where he took on the role of Manager for short while.
Tommy was inducted into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame in 2010.
Happy Birthday Tommy and all the best.