Josh Thompson (footballer)

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Josh Thompson
Thompson, Josh Celtic 09-10 WP-EN (1).JPG
Thompson at Celtic, May 2010
Personal information
Full name Joshua William Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Bolton, England[2]
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Colchester United
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2008 Stockport County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Stockport County 9 (0)
2009–2012 Celtic 18 (3)
2010–2011 Rochdale (loan) 12 (1)
2011–2012 Peterborough United (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Chesterfield (loan) 20 (1)
2012 Portsmouth 2 (0)
2012 Colchester United (loan) 5 (0)
2013– Colchester United 17 (1)
National team
2010 England U19 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:06, 6 April 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:23, 13 January 2013 (UTC)

Joshua William "Josh" Thompson (born 25 February 1991) is an English footballer who plays as a defender for Colchester United. He has represented England at under-19 level.[3]

Career[edit]

Stockport County[edit]

Thompson, born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, progressed through the Stockport County youth system. He made his first-team debut for County as a late substitute, coming on for Dominic Blizzard in the 89th minute in a 3–1 win over Southend United.[4] Thompson made just nine appearances in the 2008–09 season, having attracted attention from Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion, having trials with both clubs.[5] In July 2009, Peterborough United had a bid for him rejected.[6]

Celtic[edit]

Thompson signed for Scottish Premier League team Celtic on 8 August 2009 for a fee of £250,000.[7][8] He made his debut coming on as a substitute for Stephen McManus at home against Falkirk on 16 January 2010.[9] He made his first Celtic start in a 4–1 away victory against St. Johnstone on 24 January 2010 and scored his first goal for Celtic in a 3–0 victory over St. Johnstone on 20 March 2010.[10] After the match, Thompson say he never expected to score his first goal.[11] He followed this up with two goals for Celtic in a 2–1 victory over Motherwell on 13 April 2010.[12] Despite lack of first team opportunities at Celtic, Thompson was named Celtic's Young Player of the Year Award and upon receiving the award, Thompson says since joining Celtic, he changed his attitude both on and off the pitch.[13]

Loan spells away from Celtic[edit]

On 24 August 2010, Thompson left Celtic on a season-long loan for League One side Rochdale, having fallen out of favour with then-new Celtic manager Neil Lennon. He made 14 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal.[14]

On 8 August 2011, Thompson was again sent out on loan, this time to Championship team Peterborough United on a season-long deal.[15] He failed to break into the first team, and was allowed to leave in January 2012.[16] He then joined League One club Chesterfield on loan until the end of the 2011–12 season.[17] He made 23 appearances in all competitions for Chesterfield, scoring one goal.[8]

Portsmouth[edit]

Thompson signed for recently relegated League One club Portsmouth on 31 August 2012 on a short-term contract.[18] After joining Portsmouth, Thompson says he had no-regret leaving Celtic; stating his decision decision was a no-brainer.[19] He made his debut in Pompey's 3–0 away victory over Crawley Town on 9 September 2012.[20] However, after making just three appearances for the first-team, he suffered an ankle injury in training that kept him out of action for six weeks.[21][22]

Thompson was told he has no future at Portsmouth[23] and on 9 November 2012, he was loaned to fellow League One club Colchester United for one month.[24] He made his debut for the U's as a 90th minute substitute during a 2–0 win over Bury on 17 November.[25] After joining Colchester, caretaker manager Guy Whittingham says Thompson has a future at Portsmouth.[26] He made five appearances for Colchester during his stint, including being sent-off in his final loan appearance, a 3–1 home defeat to Brentford.[27]

Colchester United[edit]

Thompson agreed to join Colchester on an 18-month contract from 1 January 2013 following the expiration of his contract with Portsmouth.[28] After being displaced by Tom Eastman in the Colchester starting line-up, he regained a spot in the team following an injury to Eastman in March 2013. Thompson then scored his first Colchester goal on 16 March 2013 with an equalising header from a Billy Clifford cross against Bury, a game which Colchester went on to win 2–1 over their relegation-rivals.[29][30][31]

Following a pre-season schedule blighted by injury, hampering his start to the 2013–14 season, Thompson suffered another injury set back having made only one Football League Trophy appearance so far in the season. The ankle injury he sustained required an operation, leaving him out for three months.[32] In February 2014, Thompson suffered further injury set backs, and with just 25 minutes of football under his belt in the 2013–14 season, it looked likely that he would be out of action until the end of the season.[33]

International career[edit]

In July 2010, Thompson appeared for England under-19s in the European Under-19 Championship making three appearances in the finals,[3] before his team lost to Spain in the semi-final.[34]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 September 2013.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stockport County 2008–09[35] League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Celtic 2009–10[36] Scottish Premier League 18 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
2010–11[37] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[38] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 18 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
Rochdale (loan) 2010–11[37] League One 12 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 14 1
Peterborough United (loan) 2011–12[38] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2011–12[38] League One 20 1 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 23 1
Portsmouth 2012–13[39] League One 2[b][20] 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
Colchester United (loan) 2012–13[39] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Colchester United 2012–13[39] League One 17 1[c][29][30][31] 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2013–14[40] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
Total 17 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 18 1
Career total 83 6 3 0 1 0 6 0 93 6
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Soccerbase does not register an appearance made by Josh Thompson during a match against Crawley Town on 9 September 2012
  3. ^ Soccerbase does not register a goal scored by Josh Thompson during a match against Bury on 16 March 2013

Personal life[edit]

Following Robbie Keane joining Celtic, Thompson revealed Keane was his idol while growing up.[41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. p. 406. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ a b "FootballSquads – Colchester United – 2012/13". FootballSquads. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Joshua Thompson". UEFA. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Stockport 3–1 Southend". BBC Sport. 17 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Whalley, Mike (29 July 2009). "Not-so lucky break". Stockport Express. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ferguson confirms Thompson offer". BBC Sport. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Celtic secure defender Thompson". BBC Sport. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "Chesterfield sign Celtic defender Josh Thompson on loan". BBC Sport. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Conaghan, Martin (16 January 2010). "Celtic 1–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Lindsay, Clive (20 March 2010). "Celtic 3–0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Josh Thompson: I never expected to score for Celtic – but it shows how far I've come". Daily Record. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Celtic 2–1 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "I've matured thanks to Celtic, admits Bhoys young player of the year Josh Thompson". Daily Record. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Rochdale sign Celtic's Josh Thompson". BBC Sport. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Peterborough sign Celtic defender Josh Thompson on loan". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Thompson recalled by Celtic". Peterborough Today. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Celtic outcast Josh Thompson completes loan switch to Chesterfield". Daily Record. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "Portsmouth sign Johnny Ertl, Darel Russel and Josh Thompson". BBC Sport. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "No regrets on ripping up Celtic deal for Thompson". Portsmouth News. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Crawley 0–3 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Luis Boa Morte on trial at Portsmouth with Akos Buzsaky". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Thompson injury hands Appleton fresh headache". Portsmouth News. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Defender told he has no Pompey future". Portsmouth News. 22 December 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "Josh Thompson & John Sullivan join Colchester United on loan". BBC Sport. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  25. ^ "Colchester 2–0 Bury". BBC Sport. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Whittingham keeps door open for Thompson". Portsmouth News. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Colchester 1–3 Brentford". BBC Sport. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Colchester United agree to sign Portsmouth's Josh Thompson". BBC Sport. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "Bury 1–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Bury v Colchester – 16th Mar 2013 – Report – League 1 – Sky Sports Football". Sky Sports. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  31. ^ a b "Josh Thompson is 'ready for the fight'". EADT. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  32. ^ "Colchester United: Josh Thompson faces three months out". BBC Sport. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  33. ^ "Colchester United setback in Josh Thompson recovery". BBC Sport. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  34. ^ Liew, Jonathan (27 July 2010). "Spain U19 3 England U19 1: match report". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  36. ^ "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  38. ^ a b c "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  39. ^ a b c "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  41. ^ "Josh Thompson: Robbie Keane was my idol as a youngster, he'll be my hero if he helps me win a medal with Celtic". Daily Record. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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