Superheroes Number 30 - Tom Pettigrew

Superheroes Number 30 - Tom Pettigrew

Albion’s Championship winning side of 1960/61 was built around a formidable defence, and a dangerous forward line. They scored 89 goals in just 36 games, and at the other end conceded only 37 – giving them the best defensive record in the division.

One of the key defenders was Ton Pettigrew, signed up from Queens Park in 1958. His early months at Annfield saw him combining football with National Service – Tom was serving with the Highland Light Infantry, stationed at Maryhill Barracks. However, his National Service ended in October 1958 and he was able to concentrate on football and his trade as a painter and decorator.

Originally with Queen’s park, Tom’s defensive qualities were never in question. Referees sometimes questioned his tackles and he ended up in more than one appearance in front of the SFA disciplinary committee.

After 142 games for Albion between 1958 and 1962, Tom was freed. He moved south to play for Chelmsford City of the Southern League and then emigrated to Rhodesia where he was still playing for Salisbury Callies in 1970/71.