Career: 1956 - 1957
Senior Captain/Coach 1956 - 1957
Tommy New came to the club under quite a deal of pressure. He had replaced premiership coach Russell Grambeau who had departed in slightly controversial circumstances and was expected to get results with a team that had suffered a mass exodus of talented players.
He didn’t drink, smoke or gamble which, within the Chelsea domain, may have disqualified him from membership, but at the relatively young age of 26, Tommy was appointed coach.
With a wonderful set of personal values, he set about educating his young team with very good results. In this environment he proved to be the perfect fit, much respected and well liked.
A tough hard hitting centre-man, Tom led his team to fifth position, an outstanding result given the resources available. But his greatest achievement during this two year period was his influence as he moulded many young players for future success.
Responding to the call from the beloved club of his youth, Brighton, Tom returned ‘home’ to coach them for no pay as they endeavoured in vain to escape the financial problems that had beset them.