Most of us won’t remember Tommy Capel – he was part of the Forest team of 1951 that won the Third Division South. He scored 24 goals that season from the position of inside left (I have no idea what an inside left is – but given I surmised an outside left was basically a left winger when discovering about Stewart Imlach – perhaps an inside left is a left sided central midfielder? Or more advanced?).
In one game – a 9-2 demolition of Gillingham, he bagged four goals. Indeed, over four years with us he amassed a haul of 72 goals in 164 appearances – forming a lethal goalscoring partnership with Wally Ardron – who netted 36 goals in that promotion season, a record that still stands today, I’m sure he had Tommy to thank for a few of those goals, too.
He passed away at the age of 87, and naturally I would like to extend sincere condolences to his family and friends at what must be an upsetting time. Mark Arthur said: “The club would like to extend sincere condolences to Tommy’s family and friends at this sad time. Tommy’s contribution to the club’s promotion success in the early 1950s won’t ever be forgotten.”
Rest in peace, Tommy.