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'Tober' cost the Town £10 when he was signed from his home town club, having been recommended to manager Sam Allen by his local stationmaster at Calne! He was offered a pro contract just a fortnight after impressing in a reserve game against Spurs. But he was then placed on the transfer list at the end of his first season with the club. However, he went on to serve at the County Ground for another 15 years!
During the Great War Tober made around 60 appearances in friendlies before signing up for the Household Brigade. Despite ‘losing’ those years, he still went on to enjoy a career of more than 300 League games before his final one at Merthyr in April 1929 - six weeks after his 41st birthday.
As a lad, it was claimed that Tober scored a hat-trick on his debut for Calne - when just 11 !
He certainly had not lost that instinct for scoring in his thirties, when he hit three for the reserves on being asked to play at centre-forward against Barry in 1920/21. And that had come just a few weeks after Tober played in goal - when he kept a clean sheet in a 6-0 win at Welton Rovers!
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