Although only appearing in 10 games for Cardiff Tom Holley was the life-blood of rugby at the Arms Park for many years. Tom was a back row forward and made his first team debut in 1938 (having made his Athletic debut the previous year) and being awarded his Athletic cap the same season. After just two senior appearances war broke out – coinciding with what would have been the best years of Tom’s career. After the war Tom, by now almost 30 turned out a few more times for the first team.
After his playing days were over Tom remained with the club as trainer and masseur - a role he also performed for the WRU and for visiting touring sides. During a game at the Arms Park against Cardiff he saved the life of the Argentinian prop Mario Carruccio who had lost consciousness when a scrum collapsed.
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