Tommy Bing was a flighty winger, who stepped up to try and make a name for himself at Spurs after starting his career at Margate. Unfortunately for Tommy, his move to Tottenham came at a time when Spurs were looking for a winger and despite a good record of scoring in the reserves and other junior teams, he did not get the opportunity to show what he was capable of in the first XI.
His emergence at Margate started with a reserve team debut aged 16 and he moved into the first team at 18, filling in for his brother, who had been transferred to West Ham United. National Service interrupted Tommy's Margate career, but he continued to play with a side in the German league and resumed at the Kent club in 1954, a few months after finishing his time in the Army.
His break to join Tottenham came in a friendly against Spurs in September 1954. It resulted in a 0-5 defeat for his side, but Spurs took him for a four figure fee plus the gate takings for the friendly. The winger had only made 37 appearances for Margate and was in the reserves at the time he was signed, so what Tottenham saw in him at that time is unknown.
Tommy made his first appearance on the club's tour to North America in 1957 before making his league debut against Bolton Wanderers in October that year.
His strike rate was good in the sides below the first team, netting almost every other game in over 150 matches. But Tottenham let him leave at the end of the 1958-59 season and he returned to his former club after a solitary appearance in the Tottenham first team when he stood in for Terry Medwin, who was on international duty for Wales that day. His time back at Margate was interrupted by a knee injury, which an operation failed to put right, leading to his retirement in January 1962. However, he stayed at the club as a scout and a reserve team coach, even making a short comeback in the early part of the 1963-64 season, but it was only for nine games and he fell back on his other love, playing village cricket and worked as a plumber in the area until he retired.
Tommy Bing passed away on 19th May 2015 after a long illness and had his funeral at Thanet Crematorium on 3rd June 2015.