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Tommy Ring

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Full nameThomas Ring
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Playing positionLeft Wing

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Thomas "Tommy" Ring (8 August 1930 - 5 October 1997) was a Scottish footballer who played for Ashfield, Clyde, Everton, Barnsley, Aberdeen, Fraserburgh, Stevenage Town and the Scotland national team.

Tommy Ring was born in Glasgow and is perhaps best known for his time at Scottish club Clyde, during which he won the Scottish Cup in 1955 and 1958.

In the 1954/55 campaign Tommy Ring's goal, in a thrilling replay at Hampden Park, against Celtic gave Clyde the Scottish Cup having won the replay thanks to Ring's brilliant goal.

Tommy Ring also won Scottish Division Two championships in 1951-52 and 1956-57. He moved on to Everton in January 1960 for £12,000. Ring made a significant contribution at Everton in the 1960-61 season, hence many headlines were written such as Everton "Ring" for service, etc. Ring left Everton, due to a broken leg injury, in November 1961 and joined Barnsley. He returned to Scotland in 1963 with Aberdeen before ending his career with short spells at Fraserburgh and Stevenage Town.

Ring was capped 12 times by Scotland, all of which were earned while at Clyde, and scored two goals. One goal was against the famous Hungary team of Ferenc Puskas during the 1954-55 season. The other was scored against England at Wembley in 1957; Ring scored after just one minute, but England went on to win 2-1.

His name has become a running gag on BBC Radio Scotland's Off the Ball radio programme as his surname has multiple connotations. This ensures that he makes it into the show's 'team of the week' almost every week.

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