Astill: Thomas (Tommy)
1908-1911 (Leeds City Player Details)
Born: Brightside, Sheffield: 09-12-1889
Debut: Bradford Park Avenue (a): 26-03-1910
5’8” 11st 0lb (1908)
Starting with Sheffield Douglas, he joined his first professional club, Leeds City in December 1908 then managed by Frank Scott-Walford.
He played almost exclusively for the City’s Reserves and minor teams but did play the one game at Bradford Park Avenue, which City lost 4-2.
A 0-3 defeat at Turf Moor by Burnley saw the team drastically changed. Goalkeeper Tony Hogg was also on debut, taking over from regular
keeper Harry Bromage as the last line of defence, Astill replaced regular inside-left Jimmy Gemmell to join two Leeds stalwarts in a left wing
triangle with centre-forward Billy McLeod and Fred Croot on the left wing. Bert Packard came in a right-half for Hugh Beren, and Jimmy Horsley
replaced Tom Morris at centre-haf. Leeds were 3-0 down by half time and in absolute disarray with so many changes in key positions. However,
Fred Croot and Hugh Roberts pulled goals back after the break but City lost 4-2. Hortonian in the Mercury: "On the Leeds side it is difficult to
bestow praise on any section. Hogg was a fairly safe custodian, and White was the better of a rearguard which did little of note. Horsley was
the best of a mediocre half-back line. Roberts was not seen to advantage in the front rank, and Croot was well marked by Gordon. McLeod
developed the game well, and Mulholland contributed several well-directed efforts. The line as a whole, however, was weak." That was Astill's
only opportunity in the Peacocks' first team. He left Leeds along with goalkeeper Harry Bromage to join Midland League Doncaster Rovers in
the close season of 1911. The two men were members of the Rovers side that finished third in the Midland League in 1912 and won the
Sheffield Challenge Cup a year later. He later joined Non-League Mexborough in 1913.