Hearts was saddened to learn of the death of former Tommy Sloan, who passed away on Wednesday.

A dashing and direct right-winger, who supplied the ammunition and also had an eye for goal, hitting a total of 41 in 173 games for Hearts (34 in 148 senior competitive matches).

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Tommy came from Barrhead in Renfrewshire and was born on 13 October 1925. He played for his local team, Arthurlie Juniors, where the 5'7" attacker became a Scottish Junior International.

He then signed for Heart of Midlothian in August 1945 on a provisional basis, and this allowed him to play in the Junior Cup Final in 1946. Tommy made his Hearts' debut on 17 August 1946 in a League match against Third Lanark at Tynecastle, and eventually became established on the right wing in 1948.

Tommy played all four games of Hearts' prestigious tour of Germany in the summer of 1951.

However, this was a transitional period for the club, with many changes taking place and Tommy eventually lost his regular place to the ex-Rangers player, Eddie Rutherford. As a result, in December 1951 he went to Motherwell, with Charlie Cox, for £8,000.

In April 1952, after helping to defeat Hearts in the Scottish Cup Semi-Finals, Tommy assisted the Steelmen to win the trophy with a 4-0 victory over Dundee. Remarkably, Motherwell was relegated in 1952-53, but Tommy was part of the team that won the "B" Division in 1953-54.

He was released in April 1957 and played for Gloucester City for two years. Tommy was later the coach of Arthurlie and became a maintenance engineer with Shanks & Company at Barrhead, where he had previously been employed.

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