In the summer of 1969 Jim McGuigan announced that, with the addition of three players, he would have a promotion team at Chesterfield.Fans thought this claim to be extravagant, to say the least, until they saw the effect that Tom Fenoughty had on the team.The son of a former York player and the brother of Mick and Nick, who both had spells on Chesterfield's books, Tom joined from Sheffield United, where five years' knocking on the door of the first team had gone largely unanswered. He started `69-70 in the forward line, but was moved to midfield after four games and the team never looked back.
His cool, thoughtful play did so much to create chances for the forwards: his spell as a forward helped greatly in giving him a clear understanding of the sort of service that his front men required, and he formed a great understanding with the inspirational Dan Archer and the quietly effective David Pugh. He was chosen as Player of the Year in that 1969-70 season by fans who looked past the goals of Randall and Moss, or the "sleeves up and get stuck in" of Archer, to a thoughtful and creative footballer.
Tom was only 32 when he left The Spireites but, having graduated from Manchester University as a pharmaceutical chemist, he wanted to move into this profession and retirement from the full-time game naturally followed. He joined joined Matlock Town. As a player for five years and manager for three, he was associated with the Gladiators throughout one of the most successful spells in their history, and scored one of their four goals in their 1975 F.A. Trophy victory at Wembley.
Tom remained in the area after retirement and worked for Sheffield-based pharmaceutical companies.
For Chesterfield: 98+3 Football League appearances, 15 goals.