Born: Bycars, Burslem on 30 October 1874; Died in Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent on 24 September 1946.
Tom Baddeley is possibly the most famous of four footballing brothers who all played Football League football. He started his career with Burslem Swifts before joining Burslem Port Vale. Whilst with ‘The Vale’ he made 65 senior appearances as well as another nine in the Staffordshire Cup, the Birmingham Cup and the Midland League following Vales failure to gain re-election to the Football League in 1896.
Baddeley made his first appearance for the Wolves having signed in October 1896 for the ‘Reserves’ at home to Halesowen on 12 December 1896 (Wolves won 8-0) and his senior debut on the opening day of the 1897/98 season at home to Preston North End. He made 12 appearances for the Second Team but went onto become the first players to make over 300 hundred appearances for the club at Senior Level and in doing so helped the club success in Birmingham Senior Cup in 1899 (v Burslem Port Vale), the Birmingham Charity Cup in 1903 and the Staffordshire Cup in 1900 and 1903 (Jointly with Stoke). His suffered relegation with the club from the First Division in 1906 and by the time he left the club he had amassed 352 First Team appearances. At International level he made five appearances for England, with his debut coming at Molineux against Ireland on 14 February 1903 as well as three appearances for the Football League.
In June 1907 he joined the newly formed Bradford Park Avenue and made 43 appearances including there first ever Football League fixture at home to Hull City in September 1908. He ended his career with brief spells with Stoke City – for whom he made eight appearances – and Whitfield Colliery 1914.
Football League: Appearances 367, Goals.
Debut: Halesowen (H) 12/12/96 .