Tommy Ross (footballer)
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Tommy Ross Footballer

Tommy Ross
Personal information
Full name Thomas Ross[1]
Date of birth (1946-02-27)27 February 1946
Place of birth Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland[1]
Date of death 18 May 2017(2017-05-18) (aged 71)[2]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[3]
Playing position(s) Inside forward
Youth career
Ross County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961-1965 Ross County 78 (71)
1965-1968 Peterborough United 7 (2)
1968-1970 York City 61 (20)
1970-1972 Wigan Athletic
1972-1977 Rossdendale United
1977- Brora Rangers
Total 68 (22)
Teams managed
1992-1997 Tain St Duthus
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Ross (27 February 1946 - 18 May 2017) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as an inside forward in the Football League for Peterborough United and York City, in the Highland League for Ross County and in non-League football for Wigan Athletic and Rossendale United.[1][3] He holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to score a hat-trick.

Ross joined Ross County in 1961, at the age of 15, and scored his first goal for the club in his debut season. During the 1964-65 season, he scored 44 goals, including a record-breaking hat-trick against Nairn County on 28 November 1964, where he scored three goals within a 90-second period.[4][5] His record was not recognised until April 2004, with the official record being held by Jimmy O'Connor of Dublin side Shelbourne, for his 2m 14s treble against Bohemians on 19 November 1967.[6]

After his playing career ended, Ross managed Tain St Duthus in the 1990s. His sons Stuart and Andrew now form the management team of the club, which was revived in 2016.[4] Ross also worked as a scout for Tottenham Hotspur.[7]

His death was reported on the website of St Duthus FC on 19 May 2017.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Harpenden: Queen Anne Press. p. 536. ISBN 978-1-85291-665-7.
  2. ^ @StDuthusFC (18 May 2017). "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tommy Ross. Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies go to Tommy's family" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ a b Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922-1997. Selby: Citizen Publications. p. 87. ISBN 978-0-9531005-0-7.
  4. ^ a b Bennett, Gabriella (20 May 2017). "Tommy Ross, hat-trick hero of Scottish football, dies at 71". The Times. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Fastest time to score a hat-trick, Football". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ O'Connor, Ashling (23 April 2004). "Recognition of hat trick ends years of frustration for striker". The Times. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ McKenzie, Steven (19 May 2017). "Scorer of fastest hat-trick Tommy Ross dies". BBC. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ St Duthus FC. "Tommy Ross 1946-2017". Retrieved 2017.

External links

  • "Tommy Ross". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2017.
  • Tommy Ross at Post War English & Scottish Football League A-Z Player's Database

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