Tom Fillingham Football player
Thomas "Tom" Fillingham (September 6, 1904 – May 1, 1960) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre half. Born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, Fillingham worked at a colliery and a dyehouse before turning professional with Birmingham, for whom he went on to play 183 games in the Football League First Division. He was a strong, versatile player; originally a forward, he converted to defence, becoming first choice at centre half as the replacement for George Morrall, but was always keen to push forward. He sustained an injury playing for Birmingham in 1934 which resulted in him losing an eye some 15 years later. In 1938 he moved to Ipswich Town, where he played in their first ever match in the Football League. He made guest appearances for clubs in the Nottinghamshire area during the Second World War, but did not play afterwards. He was also a good cricketer and golfer. He died in Bulwell in 1960 at the age of 55.