Thomas Atkinson was born on the 27th September 1930 in Millom, Cumbria. After Tom left school he selected the Royal Navy for his 2 years national service. He spent little time on ships as the navy made use of his cricketing talents with inter force contests. He also played the coronet so he was in high demand with the Navy band and the cricket team.
Tom married his childhood sweetheart Dorothy who lived a mile or so away in the neighbouring village (Haverigg) in 1953. She travelled all over the country with Tom while he pursued his career in Cricket. Their first child arrived in 1954 his only daughter Janet. He had 2 sons David born in 1963 and Christopher in 1973.
After Thomas finished his national service he was spotted playing for his local team and was selected for Cumberland, he made his minor counties debut in July 1955 against Northumberland. In April 1956 after a successful trial he was awarded a contract with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. Things could have turned out different as a few years before he was due to have a trial with Hampshire but the scout that had offered the trial was killed on his way back to Southampton and the recommendation was never made.
On the 25th May 1957, Tom made his First Class debut against a touring West Indies Team who at that time had Clyde Walcott and Everton Weekes who were 2 of the 3 Ws only Sir Frank Worrell was missing. Sir Gary Sobers stole the show that day scoring 219 not out which was the highest first class score to date.
Tom found himself back in the 2nd string due to his batting averages, he would bounce back and make his championship debut on the 17th August 1957 against Sussex. He would only play two further county games against Lancashire and Leicestershire.
In 1958 Tom got another chance in the 1st team, this time he played the full season. Unfortunately the Notts team were not at their best and finished bottom of the county table. The following year brought much of the same as the previous season with Notts finishing bottom again.
1960 would be the end of Tom’s County cricketing career, Tom was offered a contract extension, although he had a young family to support he decided to reject it. At the age of 29 his 1st class career was over and at that age was unlikely to be revived.
Tom moved north to Scotland becoming a club professional and in 1961 took up the offer from The West of Scotland Cricket club at Hamilton Crescent, he also resumed his minor county career with Cumberland. He played on and off for Cumberland until 1964.
After West of Scotland Tom continued as a club professional with Uddingston Cricket club, he would combine this position with being a full time grounds man, holding no ill feeling of his treatment at West of Scotland Tom would return later in life to manage the bar and catering.
Tom passed away on the 2nd September 1990 due to heart failure.
Initiated 6th February 1964
Passed 20th February 1964
Raised 7th May 1964