Bill Thompson (footballer)

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Bill Thompson
Personal information
Date of birth (1921-08-10)10 August 1921
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death 1988 (aged 66-67)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Carnoustie Panmure
1948–1952 Portsmouth 20 (2)
1952–1954 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 45 (0)
Guildford City
Teams managed
1958–1962 Worcester City
1963–1966 Sparta Rotterdam
1970–1971 HFC Haarlem
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bill Thompson (10 August 1921 – 1988)[1] was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League as a wing half for Portsmouth and Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic.[2][3]

Born in Glasgow,[1] Thompson played for Scottish junior club Carnoustie Panmure before joining Portsmouth.[2] He was a member of Portsmouth's championship-winning team of 1949 and 1950.[1] His only goals for the club came on the last day of the 1949–50 season, playing as an emergency centre-forward. Needing to beat Aston Villa to ensure they stayed ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers on goal average, Thompson scored twice in a 5–1 win.[4] He went on to play in the League for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic and in non-league football for Guildford City.[3]

He was manager of Southern League club Worcester City from 1958 to 1962, and led them to victory against Liverpool in the 1958–59 FA Cup.[5][6] He later coached Sparta Rotterdam from 1963[7] to 1966[8][9] and HFC Haarlem from 1970 to 1971.[10][11]