Tommy McFarlane has a special place in the history of Falkirk FC mainly because of his place in the Tennant-McFarlane Case. Wherein both he & James Tennant signed profesional contracts with East Stirlingshire.
I shan't go over the details of the Tennant-McFarlane case for the very good reason that I have covered it before.
Like we like to pride ourselves, Tommy came from the youth teams, through the reserves to becoming a solid first XI player [yes, he was no Jock Drummond] but he was good enough for the 'shire to want him.
I do not yet get the reason for his dalliance with Camelon, as he lived about midway down Grahams Road, so his local team was Falkirk, it might have been pay. [Falkirk held out against professionalism for a couple of years when the teams of the Working Classes [I really should say teams of the moulders & the founders] started paying.]
b 17th October 1871, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
d 9th January 1940, Falkirk, Stirlingshire
Debut – Saturday August 30th 1890 v Laurieston (A) Friendly
Positions – Left-Back, Right-Back
Representative Honours – Stirlingshire v Forfarshire 1892/93, 1897/98, v Fife 1892/93, 1893/94
Club Honours – Midland League W 1894/95, RU 1895/96, Stirlingshire Cup W 1894/95, 1895/96, RU 1897/9,
Falkirk District Charity Cup W 1891/92, 1893/94, RU 1894/95, Falkirk Infirmary Shield W 1891/92, 1892/93, 1893/94, RU 1895/96
Scottish Cup Matches /Goals [7/1]
Scottish Qualifying Cup Matches /Goals [11/1]
Minor League Matches/Goals [85/1]
Minor Cup Matches/Goals [43/1]
Known Career – Falkirk [1890/91-1897/98], Camelon [1898/99-1899/00], Falkirk [1900/01]
Brother of Robert McFarlane [Falkirk 1892/93-1895/96]
Played for Falkirk District XI v Grangemouth, Benefit Match at Caledonian Pk, Grangemouth, 28th April 1892
Played for Camelon v East Stirlingshire, Benefit Match at Merchiston Pk, Bainsford, 30th May 1892
Played for Camelon v East Stirlingshire, Friendly at Victoria Pk, Camelon, 14th January 1893
Played for Stirlingshire XI v Grangemouth, Benefit Match at Caledonian Pk, Grangemouth, 9th March 1893