Tom started out with Netherdal Boys Club, joining Clyde in 1988. A move to Glasgow Rangers followed, and after twelve appearances moved south of the border to join Sheffield United for the handsome sum of ?350k. Tom spent three seasons between 91 and 94 in Sheffield making 45 appearances, including a month?s loan at Stoke City in 93. A further loan to Huddersfield in 1994 turned permanent with the incentive of ?150k sent to Sheffield. Tom would have made his third half Century with the Yorkshire outfit had it not been for a bad injury, and after 137 appearances and 9 goals, he joined Burnley, first on loan in March 1999, making it permanent when Burnley paid 20k for him. Just over a season at Burnley and he was on loan again, this time with Cambridge, who took him permanently on a free. Fifty appearances later, and he was loaned to Peterborough, but moved back north joining York in 2002. Thirty-five appearances later, and it was back over the border to Scotland to join Dundee for a wee spell (3 months, six appearances to be precise), before joining Carlisle in 2003. During his spell at Carlisle, he recorded the Diary of a Troubled Team for the BBC. In July 2005, he almost retired from football, but instead first joined Barrow, then Workington and then Hucknall before making the switch to Stalybridge Celtic in 2007.