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Pongo the poacher

Pongo the poacher

On this day in 1906, Tom Waring was born in High Tranmere.

Popularly known as Pongo, Waring joined Villa from Tranmere Rovers in 1928 for £4,700 – a record fee for a Third Division player.

A crowd of 23,600 turned up for his first Villa appearance – a reserve match against Birmingham City in which he scored a hat-trick – and he proved equally prolific at English football’s highest level, scoring 167 goals in 225 league and cup games for the club. 

In 1930/31, he netted 49 league goals – a Villa record that is never likely to be surpassed.

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 12th October 1906