UK time is: 23:26:01
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

RIP Tommy Cummings

The club have announced today that former manager Tommy Cummings has passed away at the age of 80.

Sunderland born Cummings, as a player achieved legendary status with Burnley, appearing in 432 First Division games at centre half after making his debut in 1948. (479 games all in).

He is still 5th in Burnley's all time record appearance list, and could further boast 3 England B caps, an FA Cup Finalist and Championship Winner amongst his achievements. Not withstanding his goal against Newcastle United in 1952 which is still described as one of the finest ever goals seen at Turf Moor.

Cummings started his managerial career at Mansfield Town achieving promotion with the club in 1963 from Division Four. He started his time at Villa in 1967 but left 16 months later as Tommy Docherty arrived.

After leaving Villa he returned to Burnley and entered the pub trade before full retirement.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 13 2009

Time: 2:56PM

Your Comments

Was a better player for Burnley than he was manager of AVFC, no doubt about that. He struggled at B6, like many managers who came before and after, but in fairness to him what chance did he really stand in those dark, dark days. In truth though, he just wasn't up to the task, despite being a qualified coach (not all that common in those days). I recall that when he arrived here from Mansfield Town, he had this three point plan, namely to restore the pride of a great club that had fallen not only by the wayside, but into a seemingly bottomless ravine, to restore harmony into the dressing room, and to introduce a tactical style that would produce a winning team. He failed on all counts. It was he who switched defender Lew Chatterley into an attacking role (Lew finished top goalscorer that season, think he netted twelve or so), but otherwise, during the summer of his arrival, Cummings made no new signings, completely disregarding the fact that the previous season we had been found very sadly lacking, a season that saw us relegated without so much as a mere whimper. It was obvious above all else that we badly needed new recruits, and by the time we lost our opening two games of the new campaign, it seemed as if Cummings had got the message. He brought in Tommy Mitchison from his former club, then just a few weeks later snapped up the Bee Gee's, Brian Godfrey and Brian Greenhalgh from PNE. The dressing room atmosphere though still remained 'unhealthy', with five or six players wanting out. He brought in Malcolm Musgrove as his assistant, but that failed to halt the slump. The Blues rolled us over 4-2 at Villa Park (in front of almost 50,000), and even after the arrival of John Dunn and the guitar playing Dick Edwards (better musician than footballer), the writing was very much on the cards. TC though did bring in Oscar and Hector Arce during the following summer, along with Mike Ferguson and Barrie Hole from Blackburn, but it was never going to be enough. In early November, Cummings and Musgrove were out. RIP TC.
glensider
Was a better player for Burnley than he was manager of AVFC, no doubt about that. He struggled at B6, like many managers who came before and after, but in fairness to him what chance did he really stand in those dark, dark days. In truth though, he just wasn't up to the task, despite being a qualified coach (not all that common in those days). I recall that when he arrived here from Mansfield Town, he had this three point plan, namely to restore the pride of a great club that had fallen not only by the wayside, but into a seemingly bottomless ravine, to restore harmony into the dressing room, and to introduce a tactical style that would produce a winning team. He failed on all counts. It was he who switched defender Lew Chatterley into an attacking role (Lew finished top goalscorer that season, think he netted twelve or so), but otherwise, during the summer of his arrival, Cummings made no new signings, completely disregarding the fact that the previous season we had been found very sadly lacking, a season that saw us relegated without so much as a mere whimper. It was obvious above all else that we badly needed new recruits, and by the time we lost our opening two games of the new campaign, it seemed as if Cummings had got the message. He brought in Tommy Mitchison from his former club, then just a few weeks later snapped up the Bee Gee's, Brian Godfrey and Brian Greenhalgh from PNE. The dressing room atmosphere though still remained 'unhealthy', with five or six players wanting out. He brought in Malcolm Musgrove as his assistant, but that failed to halt the slump. The Blues rolled us over 4-2 at Villa Park (in front of almost 50,000), and even after the arrival of John Dunn and the guitar playing Dick Edwards (better musician than footballer), the writing was very much on the cards. TC though did bring in Oscar and Hector Arce during the following summer, along with Mike Ferguson and Barrie Hole from Blackburn, but it was never going to be enough. In early November, Cummings and Musgrove were out. RIP TC.
glensider
Brian Godfrey was the LIONHEART of Aston Villa's subsequent revival. Thanks to TC for that, and he was clearly a legend in the claret and blue at Turf Moor and I know still talked about in those parts. Another sad loss.
stennyvilla
Brian Godfrey was the LIONHEART of Aston Villa's subsequent revival. Thanks to TC for that, and he was clearly a legend in the claret and blue at Turf Moor and I know still talked about in those parts. Another sad loss.
stennyvilla
RIP... another holteender in the sky.
The Fear
RIP... another holteender in the sky.
The Fear
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Bennett Makes Loan Move (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Former Villa CEO Linked To Forest (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Arsenal Man Linked As Villa's New CEO (Wednesday August 20 2014)

17th Minute Applause For Two Toon Fans (Wednesday August 20 2014)

U21s - Villa 1 1 Stoke (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Ins and Outs Still For Villa? (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Vlaar In BBC Team Of The Week (Tuesday August 19 2014)

The Villa Times - 18/08/2014 (Monday August 18 2014)

A Case For The Attack? (Monday August 18 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. The Fear 718
2. Pride of Lions 510
3. ClivetheVillan 426
4. Villan Of The North 296
5. Barney2004 228
6. mike_field 199
7. DeanoVilla 184
8. Juan Mourep 184
9. sirdennis 184
10. kefkat 174

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Stoke 0 - 1 Aston Villa

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Arsenal 1 1 0 0 1 3
4. Liverpool 1 1 0 0 1 3
5. Swansea 1 1 0 0 1 3
6. Aston Villa 1 1 0 0 1 3
7. Hull City 1 1 0 0 1 3
8. Spurs 1 1 0 0 1 3
9. Everton 1 0 1 0 0 1

Breaking League News

Ashley Continues To Sell The NUFC Soul
Newcastle : 20/08/2014 22:56:00
Dzeko Pens Four Year Contract
Man City : 20/08/2014 21:19:00
Malky Deal Falls Flat?
Crystal Palace : 20/08/2014 21:04:00
Bennett Makes Loan Move
Aston Villa : 20/08/2014 20:43:00
What to Do About Nathan Ake?
Chelsea : 20/08/2014 18:06:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Aston Villa v Newcastle (home) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 53%
Lose 18%
Draw 29%