Josh Thompson (footballer)

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Josh Thompson
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Thompson at Celtic, May 2010
Personal information
Full name Joshua William Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Bolton, England[3]
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
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 began his career at Stockport County before moving to Celtic. He had loan spells at Rochdale, Peterborough United and Chesterfield, and then joined Portsmouth. He had a loan spell with Colchester before signing permanently following the expiry of his loan. He has represented England at under-19 level.

Club career[edit]

Stockport County[edit]

Born in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Thompson is a product of the Stockport County youth system. He made his first-team debut for County on 17 January 2009 as a late substitute, coming on as a late substitute for Dominic Blizzard in the 89th minute of a 3–1 win over Southend United.[4] He made a further eight appearances for the club during the 2008–09 season,[5] as his performances attracted attention from other clubs, including Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion, having had trials for both clubs. He was also sparking interest from Scottish Premier League giants Celtic[6] while Championship club Peterborough United confirmed they had made a second offer for Thompson.[7]

Celtic[edit]

Thompson signed for Celtic on 8 August 2009 for a £250,000 fee,[8] teaming up with Celtic Tony Mowbray who had taken Thompson on trial while he was manager of West Brom. Thompson signed alongside fellow former Stockport youth team players Curtis Jones and Michael Ordish.[9] He made his debut coming on as a substitute for Stephen McManus at Celtic Park in a 1–1 draw with Falkirk on 16 January 2010.[10] He made his first Celtic start in a 4–1 away victory against St. Johnstone on 20 March 2010[11] and scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 victory over St. Johnstone on 20 March 2010.[12] Following the match and his first professional goal, Thompson said he wasn't expecting to score for the club so soon after joining.[13] He followed his debut goal up with two in a 2–1 victory for Celtic against Motherwell on 13 April 2010.[14] Despite limited first-team opportunities at Celtic, Thompson was named as the club's Young Player of the Year in his first season. Upon receiving the award, Thompson said that since joining Celtic, he had changed his attitude both on and off the pitch.[15] He made 21 appearances in all competitions for Celtic during the 2009–10 season,[16] and played his final game of the campaign in a 2–1 away victory over Hearts on 9 May 2010. This was to be his final game for the club.[17]

Rochdale loan[edit]

In August 2010, Thompson left Celtic to join English League One side Rochdale on a season-long loan deal having fallen out of favour with new Celtic manager Neil Lennon.[18] He made his debut on 26 August as a substitute for Marcus Holness in a 3–2 defeat to Birmingham City.[19] He scored his only goal for the club in their 3–2 win against Walsall on 11 September.[20] He found his first-team opportunities restricted with the Dale, and returned to Scotland at the end of his loan having recorded 12 League One and two cup appearances.[21]

Peterborough United loan[edit]

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson captured Thompson on loan from Celtic for the duration of the 2011–12 season having made offers for the player prior to him joining Celtic in 2009.[22] However, Thompson was allowed to leave London Road after he failed to break into the team.[23]

Chesterfield loan[edit]

Chesterfield stepped in to take Thompson on loan until the end of the season in January 2012 following his disappointing stint with Peterborough United.[23] He made his debut on 18 January in Chesterfield's 2–1 Football League Trophy triumph against Oldham Athletic.[24] He scored for the club in only his second game, a goal which proved to be the winner as he headed past Colchester United goalkeeper Ben Williams in a 2–1 win on 21 January.[25]

While playing for the club, Thompson played at Wembley Stadium in the 2012 Football League Trophy Final as Chesterfield came up against Swindon Town. The Spireites won the Trophy in their first visit to the national stadium with a 2–0 victory on 25 March 2012.[26] Despite this success, Thompson also experienced relegation with the club as they fell short of League One safety by eight points.[27] He made 23 appearances across all competitions for the club.[28]

Portsmouth[edit]

Thompson signed for recently relegated League One club Portsmouth on 31 August 2012 on a short-term contract.[29] After joining Portsmouth, Thompson said he had no regrets leaving Celtic, stating his decision was a "no-brainer".[30] He made his debut for the club in a 4–3 penalty shootout victory against Bournemouth on 4 September 2012 after a 2–2 in normal time.[31] Thompson then made his second appearance and league debut for Pompey on 9 September in a 3–0 win at Crawley Town.[32] However, after making just three first-team appearances, he suffered an ankle injury in training that kept him out of action for six weeks.[33][34]

Colchester United loan[edit]

Following manager Michael Appleton's departure and Guy Whittingham's arrival at Fratton Park, Thompson was allowed to leave on loan for fellow League One club Colchester United on a one month loan in November 2012.[35] He made his debut for the U's in a 2–0 win against Bury on 17 November, coming on as a 90th minute substitute.[36]

While on loan with Colchester, Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham initially stated that Thompson still had a future with the club.[37] Despite this reassurance, just one month later Thompson was told by Whittingham that he didn't think the player had a future with Portsmouth.[38] Uncertainty over his future aside, Thompson made five loan appearances for Colchester,[39] although he was sent off in the final game of his loan spell during a 3–1 home defeat by Brentford on 26 December.[40]

Colchester United[edit]

Thompson agreed to join Colchester on an 18-month contract from 1 January 2013 following the expiration of his short-term contract with Portsmouth.[41] He made his second debut for the club in their 1–0 away defeat to Doncaster Rovers on 5 January 2013 in a game where Thompson had a goal disallowed following an infringement that was spotted by the referee.[42] He then went on to score his first goal for the U's 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 battle rivals.[43][44][45] Thompson made 17 appearances for United during the second half of the 2012–13 season.[39]

Following a pre-season schedule blighted by injury, hampering his start to the 2013–14 season, Thompson suffered another injury setback having made just one Football League Trophy appearance during the season. The ankle injury he sustained required an operation, leaving him sidelined for three months.[46] In February 2014, Thompson suffered further injury complications, and with just 25 minutes of football under his belt in the 2013–14 season meant that Thompson would be out of action until the end of the season.[47] After proving his fitness to manager Joe Dunne, Thompson signed a new one year contract with Colchester on 3 July 2014.[48]

International career[edit]

In July 2010, Thompson appeared for England under-19s in the 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in France, making three appearances in the finals[49] before his team lost 3–1 to Spain in the semi-final stage.[50]

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[5] League One 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Celtic 2009–10[16] Scottish Premier League 18 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
2010–11[21] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[28] 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[21] League One 12 1 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 14 1
Peterborough United (loan) 2011–12[28] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chesterfield (loan) 2011–12[28] League One 20 1 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 23 1
Portsmouth 2012–13[39] League One 2[b][32] 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][43][44][45] 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2013–14[51] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 1 0
2014–15[52] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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

Honours[edit]

Chesterfield
All honours referenced by:[26]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Conaghan, Martin (16 January 2010). "Celtic 1–1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
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  12. ^ Lindsay, Clive (20 March 2010). "Celtic 3–0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Celtic 2–1 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  32. ^ a b "Crawley 0–3 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  42. ^ "Doncaster 1–0 Colchester". BBC Sport. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  43. ^ a b "Bury 1–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  44. ^ a b "Bury 1–2 Colchester". Sky Sports. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  46. ^ "Colchester United: Josh Thompson faces three months out". BBC Sport. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  47. ^ "Colchester United setback in Josh Thompson recovery". BBC Sport. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  48. ^ "Colchester United: Josh Thompson and David Wright sign deals". BBC Sport. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
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  50. ^ Liew, Jonathan (27 July 2010). "Spain U19 3 England U19 1: match report". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
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  52. ^ "Games played by Josh Thompson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 

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