Tom Thorley

Tom Thorley
Name:Tom Thorley
Born:Sept 5, 1990
Joined the club:November 2013
Previous Club(s): Stoke City, Stafford Rangers, Worcester City
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Player Profile

Talented midfielder who rejoined the Pitmen in August 2015 after a short spell with AFC Telford

Stafford-born and raised, Thorley joined Stoke City as a junior and progressed through the ranks at the Britannia Stadium after signing a one year professional deal with the Potters in the summer of 2008. He was loaned to his hometown club Stafford for the first time ahead of the 2008-2009 campaign to gain experience, impressing at Marston Road with his neat, precise passing game. His initial one month loan was extended by another month, with the teenager returning to Marston Road in February 2009 for another three month spell. He helped Rangers seal their Blue Square North status for the following season with one game to spare

Upon his return to Stoke in the summer, he was released by his parent club and went on trial to League One side Rotherham United as he looked to seal a professional deal. However, he returned to Stafford on a permanent basis in July, despite strong interest from Blue Square South side Worcester City. Worcester felt they could offer Thorley an attractive deal due to the player attending Worcester University to complete a Sports Science degree

A difficult campaign for Rangers saw them once again struggle with the demands of Blue Square North football, with Thorley one bright spot in a dismal season that saw Stafford finish six points from relegation. Indeed, he was named as the club’s player of the year at the end of the season by the club, adding to his growing reputation as one of the brightest talents at step two level

Having found travelling every day from Stone to Worcester a struggle, Thorley did make the move to St. George’s Lane in the summer of 2010, finally joining Worcester on a one year deal after City had returned to Blue Square North in a shake up of the league structures. He continued to impress with his midfield play, and helped the Dragons consolidate at sixteenth place finish

Having signed a new one year deal with Worcester in the summer of 2011, Thorley was selected to play for Great Britain at the World University Games in China during July

Another excellent season for Worcester was once again followed by a contract extension in the summer of 2012, with Thorley playing in City’s final ever game at St. George’s Lane in May 2013

After a difficult start to the 2013-2014 season for Worcester – now playing at Kidderminster’s Aggborough ground – Thorley finally decided to make the move back to Staffordshire after Hednesford had made an enquiry about the player’s availability in November 2013. He completed his switch to the Pitmen ahead of the club’s home game against Colwyn Bay, where he made his debut as a second half substitute. Made an immediate impact at the club, slotting into the midfield with ease and playing his trademark neat, tidy, simple passing game

His impact on the side was measured at the end of season awards as he was named as the Supporters Association and Travel Club Player of the Year, despite joining three months into the season. Gave the club a huge boost in June 2014 by agreeing a new deal to remain at Keys Park for the 2014-2015 season. Another consistent season at step two for the Pitmen saw them finish in eighth place in Vanarama Conference North

The summer of 2015 saw Thorley look to pastures new, agreeing a one year deal with relegated AFC Telford in May. After playing in a number of pre-season games for the Bucks, Thorley sensationally quit the club just before the start of the new season and paid up his own contract after expressing a problem with his travelling arrangements. He made a swift return to Keys Park, agreeing to a new deal with the Pitmen after playing in a pre-season game against former club Stafford Rangers

His 2015/16 season at Keys Park was punctuated with a number of injuries as the Pitmen struggled to maintain their status at step two. Following their relegation to the Evo-Stik Premier League, Thorley was the first to be confirmed as a Hednesford player for the following season, with new manager Liam McDonald handing the midfielder the captain’s armband in the process. Thorley’s form in the first three months of the campaign was simply outstanding, as he led the line with relish alongside talented players such as George Carline and Simeon Maye in midfield.

McDonald’s departure to Solihull Moors in November 2016 left the club in tatters, with Thorley playing alongside a succession of substandard players after Maye, Carline et al had moved on. He still dragged the Pitmen through games almost single-handed and deservedly earned a clean sweep at the end of season awards

Despite a number of of offers from step two and step three sides during May 2017, Thorley delighted the Hednesford supporters by agreeing a two-year deal.

2016/2017 Season Stats

StartsUsed SubUnused SubGoalsYR

Hednesford Career Stats

  Started Used Sub Unused Total Goals
2013/14 33 3 2
2014/15 37 7 0
2015/16 21 2 3
2016/17 45 1 8
2017/18 56 5 4