The 30-year-old striker joined the Shakers on a three-year deal after his contract with League One side Port Vale expired at the end of the 2014-15 season. Having began his career at Biddulph Vics before moving to Crewe Alexandra, as part of their renowned youth set-up. Tom managed to establish himself in the first team during the 2007–08 season. In total he bagged 17 goals in 38 games for Crewe.
In 2009 Tom signed a three-year contract with Rotherham United for a joint-club-record fee of £150,000. Pope signed for Port Vale in the summer of 2011, he went on to net 16 goals in all competitions in his début season. The following season his 31 goals helped the side gain promotion from League Two. In his time with the Valiants, Pope received several accolades including Football League Two Player of the Year: 2012–13 and he was voted into the PFA Team of the Year 2012-13.
Tom made 26 starts for the Shakers with a further 17 appearances as sub scoring 7 goals in the 2015-16 season.