Club, in fact he was one of seven, the plucky full-back signed up along with; Phillip Birch, Edgar Montford, Ted Smith, George Shutt, Alf Edge and Bernard Rhodes in August 1885; with each player in turn agreeing to a fee of half a crown per game (equivalent to 12p). Even in those days, although the term ‘football agents’ hadn’t yet been thought of, money still became an issue, and when the club attempted to introduce a different payroll for more experienced or senior players, they went on strike...
Clare, Thomas (Full-Back)
Born: March 1865,
Died: 27 December 1929, Ladysmith, Vancouver (Canada)
Height: 1897: ‘about 6ft. Weight: 13st.’
Career: Talke Rangers (1880-82), Goldhill Wanderers (1882-84), Burslem Port Vale (1884-85), Stoke (1885-97, 251 + 6), Burslem Port Vale (1897), Manchester City (trial, 1898, 1 + 0), Burslem Port Vale (1898-00, 23 + 0), England (1889-94, 4), Burslem Port Vale (manager, 1905-07).
The matter of the players payments was soon resolved, they would now each earn five shillings (25p), just over double what they would have originally being paid.