Welcome to Tom White “The Bald Eagles” footballing memories.
This site was set up for me to reminisce about all the great times, players and managers I have had the pleasure to spend time with over the years!
I will also share with you my time growing up in Musselburgh with my two older brothers Eddie and John, and not to forget my little sister Jeanette. Along the way you will also hear about some of the great family members and friend’s who helped and influenced me and my brothers and sister.
I was born 12 August 1939 in Musselburgh and was fortunate to be a professional footballer. I played as a forward and my older brother John played for the great Spurs double winning team of 1961 and Scotland. The eldest Eddie also signed as a professional footballer with a great left foot and turn of pace.
Scoring a few goals in my early career with Raith Rovers, my time at Rovers was shortened by two years of National Service, during which time I played for the British Army. I also played for St. Mirren, then managed by Jackie Cox. Later I joined Hearts for £8,000 in November 1963 and was soon dubbed “Goal-a-game White” by the local media.
My attacking partnership with Willie Wallace was particularly effective and earned the sobriquet the “W-formation”, my abrasive, bustling style complimenting Wallace. Together, we scored 48 goals during the 1963-64 season; however, my progress was interrupted when I suffered severe injuries in a car crash in Wallyford.