A. E. “Tiny” Thombs was born in Henley England in 1882. Tiny, as he was always known, was a star in Hamilton soccer during the early years of the 1900’s.
While still in England, it is said that he received flattering offers to play for some of the top professional clubs, but chose to come to Canada, where he played most of his career with the great Westinghouse team. For many years, he was considered to be without equal, and played for the Hamilton All-Stars against the Pilgrims in 1905, Corinthians in 1906 and 1911, and for Hamilton and Ontario against the touring Scottish Football Association team in 1921. Tiny was a member of the Westinghouse team that won the Connaught Cup, the national championship, in 1920 and the Ontario Cup in 1911, 1912 and 1920. However, his greatest claim to fame is that he was a member of the Canadian team that held the Scottish Football Association touring team to one goal in Montreal in 1921.
In 1924 the city of Hamilton showed it’s appreciation by staging a testimonial game in his honour. Tiny worked for Westinghouse for 35 years and retired on February 4th, 1950. Albert “Tiny” Thombs passed away in Hamilton, Ontario, on September 30, 1957.