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Full Name: Robert A. Thomas
Born: 02 August 1919
Came from: Brentford Went to: Fulham
First game: 27 April 1946 Last game: 31 May 1947
Appearances: 45 (45/0) Goals: 18
Born in Stepney in London's East End, Thomas was a prolific centre-forward throughout his career. He started out in non-league football with Golders Green and Hendon before moving to Brentford during the Second World War, where he played regularly during the conflict as well as guesting for West Ham United. He signed for Argyle at the back-end of the 1945-46 season, joining his older brother Dave, who had been Jack Tresadern's first signing eight years before. Both brothers were exciting and free-scoring forwards who notched up 36 goals between them in the first season of the re-established Second Division, with Bob showing glimpses of excellence at inside-forward.
However, Bob Thomas never fully settled in the city, not helped by a lack of housing, which was a significant issue for post-war Plymouth. Leaving Home Park in 1947, he not surprisingly signed for a club in the capital, embarking on a successful spell with Fulham, where he played 167 times and scored 55 goals in four years and helped The Cottagers win the 1949 Second Division championship. Moving across London, he then signed for Crystal Palace in 1952, where he played 96 times and notched up another 31 goals before winding down with non-league Kettering Town.
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