Born on 16 March 1872 at Keyworth, Thomas Armstrong appeared for the XXII Colts in April 1892, and in the following game, Notts Colts v Yorkshire Colts, when he scored 50. Ten days later he made his First-Class debut for Notts v MCC at Lord’s on 19, 20 and 21 May 1892. He was a right-hand bat and a right-arm medium pacer. Armstrong did not make his mark in county cricket and the last of his six First-Class matches came in May 1896 v MCC at Lord’s. Only two of his First-Class appearances were in the County Championship. He scored 67 runs @7.44 with a top score of 20no, also versus MCC at Lord’s, in 1894. He appeared for Lancashire Seconds in 1895.
He played in the Professionals v Amateurs match at Trent Bridge in 1896 and for Notts Colts v Yorkshire Colts in May 1897. He started playing his cricket with Keyworth CC. His known professional engagements were Wellington, Somerset (1891), Notts Amateurs (1893), Sefton (1895), Haslingden, Church, Werneth (1897), Ramsbottom (1898), Accrington (1899), Rawtenstall (1900), Enfield (1901), Moorside (1907-10). Thomas Armstrong died suddenly in Keyworth on 5 July 1938 aged 66 years.
His younger brother Jack Armstrong (1884-1963) was a one-time captain and legendary half-back of Nottingham Forest FC who appeared in a then club record 460 games, scoring nine goals, between 1905 and 1923. Jack also appeared in 17 Minor Counties Championship games for Notts Seconds in 1909 and 1910
Nottinghamshire First-Class Number: 220