As midfielder Tom Webb prepares for his 500th appearance in a Gloucester City shirt, club statistician Tim Clark looks back at the 28-year-old’s Tigers’ career so far.
Loyalty is something we do not see that often in football today. The likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes unfortunately look like the last of their kind.
Add to this list Thomas Alan Webb. Tom is the heart and soul of City’s midfield. Tom made his debut for the club as far back as April 2001, at the tender age of 16 years 221 days, replacing substitute Scott Medcroft away at Bromsgrove Rovers and other than when he was concentrating on his studies Tom has been pretty much ever present in the team.
Full of energy and never seeming to tire he always gives his all and occasionally pops up with a goal or two, his first for the club was away at Woking in our famous FA Trophy victory in March 2003. A Gloucester lad, Webb has remained committed to the Tigers although he was almost tempted away to Stafford Rangers for the 2004/05 campaign to study at University and train full time with Crewe Alexandra but he opted to remain at Meadow Park.
Tom’s importance to the team is underlined by the fact that during the 2005/06 campaign he played in every minute of every game, a feat not achieved often in this day and age. As a result he won the ‘Supporter’s Player of the Season’.
Tom Webb arrived at Beaufort Community School having completed his GTP in Physical Education at The University of Gloucestershire. He attained a BSc (Hons). Educated at the Crypt Grammar School where he represented the school at county level in a variety of sports he developed a keen interest in coaching all sports and decided to choose the teaching career path. He was a
member of the team that won the Southern Football League play offs with a 1-0 win over Farnborough Town in May 2009 thus ending 70 years of Southern League football. For 2009/10 and 2010/11, Tom represented and captained Gloucester City Football Club in the Conference North Division and
surpassed Stan Myer’s all-time competitive appearance record in October 2010 which had stood for over 50 years.
When Tom embarked upon this season of 2012/13 it was his 13th competitive season at Gloucester City beating Sam Hamer and Doug Foxwell’s 12 seasons. Tom also holds the record for
the most appearances in friendlies.
However, on Saturday 20 October 2012 against Chippenham Town not only does he break Gary Kemp’s record of most Cup appearances with 85 he also becomes the first Gloucester player in 130 years to reach 500 competitive appearances a record that may last forever. A campaign to make Tom and the previous record holder, Stan Myers, Freemen of Gloucester City was started in 2010 but did not succeed. Perhaps this honour should be pursued. Tom Webb is very much part of the Gloucester City furniture and long may this association continue.
THOMAS ALAN WEBB
Born 12/09/1984 in Gloucester.
Debut – 21/04/2001 (as sub) v Bromsgrove Rovers (A) Won 1-0
2000/01 2 apps 2 subs 0 gls
2001/02 17 apps 10 subs 0 gls (3 nps)
2002/03 37 apps 18 subs 5 gls (3 nps)
2003/04 36 apps 8 subs 2 gls (1 nps)
2004/05 45 apps 1 sub 2 gls
2005/06 47 apps 4 gls
2006/07 40 apps 5 subs 3 gls
2007/08 43 apps 6 subs 3 gls
2008/09 48 apps 3 subs 4 gls (1 nps)
2009/10 35 apps 0 gls (3 nps)
2010/11 37 apps 3 subs 0 gls (2 nps)
2011/12 39 apps 3 subs 4 gls
2012/13 12 apps 2 subs 1 gl
TOTAL 438 apps 61 subs 28 gls (13 nps) (upto Monday 15 October 2012)
Club Record: Luton Town (trial) (0), Gloucester City, Viney Saint Swithins (loan), Highworth Town (loan), Yate Town (loan) +.
Gloucester Honours: Southern League Western Division Runners-up 2003/04; Manager’s Player of the Season 2004/05; Supporter’s Player of the Season 2005/06;
Southern League Premier Division Play-Off Winners 2008/09; Gloucestershire FA Northern Senior Professional Cup Runners-up 2009/10 (5)
Gloucester Team of the Season: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 (11)
INDUCTED INTO TIM CLARK’S GLOUCESTER CITY HALL OF FAME IN 2006.