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Thomas “Tommy” Meehan

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Thomas “Tommy” Meehan

Birth
Death
18 Aug 1924 (aged 28)
Burial
Wandsworth, London Borough of Wandsworth, Greater London, England GPS-Latitude: 51.4451233, Longitude: -0.1816111
Plot
Section 23, Grave 420
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Tommy was an English footballer who played at wing half. He was capped by England at international level.

He played for Rochdale during the First World War, before moving to Manchester United in 1919. He made 53 appearances for United, scoring six goals, and signed for Chelsea in 1920 for £3,300. At the time of his move south, Meehan was rated one of the best half-backs in England, and made his debut for the national side in October 1923.

A stylish and skilful constructive player he was a regular in the Chelsea team over the next three years, playing in 133 games for the club, before being struck down with encephalitis lethargica, an inflammation of the brain which had reached an epidemic scale in the years after the First World War. He died in 1924.

He was universally popular and more than 2000 mourners attended his funeral in Wandsworth. A benefit fund for his dependents raised £1500 with a match against a Football League XI being played at Stamford Bridge in October 1924.

He won one England cap v Northern Ireland a few months before he died.
Tommy was an English footballer who played at wing half. He was capped by England at international level.

He played for Rochdale during the First World War, before moving to Manchester United in 1919. He made 53 appearances for United, scoring six goals, and signed for Chelsea in 1920 for £3,300. At the time of his move south, Meehan was rated one of the best half-backs in England, and made his debut for the national side in October 1923.

A stylish and skilful constructive player he was a regular in the Chelsea team over the next three years, playing in 133 games for the club, before being struck down with encephalitis lethargica, an inflammation of the brain which had reached an epidemic scale in the years after the First World War. He died in 1924.

He was universally popular and more than 2000 mourners attended his funeral in Wandsworth. A benefit fund for his dependents raised £1500 with a match against a Football League XI being played at Stamford Bridge in October 1924.

He won one England cap v Northern Ireland a few months before he died.

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