Leith born Thomas Cleghorn was a popular player at Blackburn where his energetic performances at half-back used to rouse the crowd.
Standing at 5 ft. 5in (166 cm) Cleghorn was a great tackler and also creative further upfield. After 48 games for Rovers from 1894-96 in the First Division Cleghorn made his debut for 2nd Division Liverpool on 21st March 1896 in a home fixture with Burton Swifts which Liverpool won 6-1.
He played in the last three games of that successful season which saw Liverpool go up again. Cleghorn made a further 17 league appearances in 1896-97 before being one of the club's two 'ever-present' players, the other was 'keeper Harry Storer, in 1897-98. The next season was his final one at the club and he made six more league appearances to take his total up to 56. Cleghorn also played in 10 FA cup ties for Liverpool and his only senior goal for the club came in that competition, a 4-3 first round victory over Burton Swifts on 30th January 1897. After leaving Liverpool he won the Western and the Southern League with Portsmouth from 1901-2.
Other Clubs: Leith Athletic, Blackburn; Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle (both amateur)