James Thompson (footballer)
|Full name||James Thompson|
|Date of birth||19 April 1898|
|Place of birth||Epsom, England|
|Date of death||1984 (aged 85–86)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).|
James William Thompson (b. 19 April 1898, d. August 1984 in Epsom) was a professional footballer, football manager and football scout.
Thompson, a striker, began his career as an amateur with Charlton and Wimbledon before playing for Millwall, Coventry City, Clapton Orient, Luton Town, Chelsea, Norwich City, Sunderland, Fulham and Hull City.He then moved into Non-League football with Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Peterborough United, he then signed for Tranmere Rovers, Sittingbourne and Aldershot before retiring. He managed Dartford FC and later worked as a scout at Chelsea and Southampton and is credited with having discovered Jimmy Greaves.
In his career, he played 150 professional games, scoring 97 goals. 30 of those appearances and 17 of the goals were for Norwich.
- cf. Greaves, Jimmy (2003). Greavsie: The Autobiography. Time Warner Books. pp. 19–21, 29–30. ISBN 0-316-72529-3.
- Canary Citizens by Mike Davage, John Eastwood, Kevin Platt, published by Jarrold Publishing, (2001), ISBN 0-7117-2020-7
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