Glen Thomas

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Glen Thomas
Personal information
Full name Glen Andrew Thomas
Date of birth (1967-10-06)6 October 1967
Place of birth Hackney, London, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Redbridge (assistant manager)
Youth career
1984–1985 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1994 Fulham 251 (6)
1994–1995 Peterborough United 8 (0)
1995–1996 Barnet 16 (0)
1996–1998 Gillingham 28 (0)
1998–1999 Brighton & Hove Albion 3 (0)
1999 Barking
1999 Aveley
1999 Bishop's Stortford
1999–? Ford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Glen Andrew Thomas (born 6 October 1967) is an English former professional association football player. During a fourteen-year professional career he played for Fulham, Peterborough United, Barnet, Gillingham and Brighton & Hove Albion, and made over 300 appearances in the Football League.

Career[edit]

Born in the Hackney district of London, Thomas began his career as an apprentice professional with Fulham in October 1984. He turned professional with the club a year later, and spent nine years playing for the Craven Cottage-based team, playing a total of 295 matches, mainly as a central defender.[1][2] During his time with the club, Fulham suffered relegation on two occasions, and dropped to the bottom division of the Football League.[3] In November 1994 he moved to Peterborough United on a free transfer, but played only 11 matches before joining Barnet in March 1995.[2]

In January 1996 Thomas moved again, this time to Gillingham. The Kent-based club was challenging for promotion from the Football League Third Division and manager Tony Pulis was looking to strengthen his team.[1] Thomas remained with the "Gills" until the end of the 1997–98 season, but played only 30 matches,[4] his opportunities being restricted by a succession of injuries.[1] One such injury occurred in November 1996 as the team were training for an upcoming Football League Cup match against Ipswich Town of the First Division. Thomas jumped for the ball but lost his balance and stumbled into a nearby tree. A branch hit him in the face and he was taken to hospital where he required surgery to save his sight. Pulis commented that the player had come within an inch of losing his eye.[5]

Thomas was released from his contract with Gillingham in July 1998 and joined Brighton & Hove Albion.[1] He remained with the club until March 1999, but was restricted to just five appearances.[1][2] His final match at a professional level was in October 1998, in a 3–1 defeat to Mansfield Town.[6] He subsequently dropped into non-league football with Barking, and went on to play for several other clubs in the Isthmian League.[1] He later moved into coaching and in 2008 was appointed as assistant manager of Redbridge. He had captained the club in 2001 under its former name of Ford United.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. pp. p317. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X. 
  2. ^ a b c "Glen Thomas". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Fulham". The Football Club History Database. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  4. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. pp. p126. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 
  5. ^ Simon Barnes (30 November 1996). "Shooting star – Football". The Times. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  6. ^ "Games played by Glen Thomas in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 October 2008. 
  7. ^ Adam Silver (3 June 2008). "Welcome Jay Devereux". Redbridge F.C. Retrieved 4 October 2008. [dead link]