Alan Thompson (footballer, born 1973)

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Alan Thompson
Personal information
Full name Alan Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1973-12-22) 22 December 1973 (age 43)[1]
Place of birth Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bury (assistant manager)
Youth career
1989–1991 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1993 Newcastle United 16 (0)
1993–1998 Bolton Wanderers 157 (34)
1998–2000 Aston Villa 46 (4)
2000–2007 Celtic 158 (37)
2007 Leeds United (loan) 11 (2)
2007–2008 Leeds United 13 (3)
2008 Hartlepool United (loan) 7 (1)
Total 408 (81)
National team
2004 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Thompson (born 22 December 1973) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He made 550 appearances for six different clubs and was capped by England against Sweden in 2004. He is the assistant manager of League One club Bury.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Thompson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.[1] He began his career at his hometown club Newcastle United, progressing through their youth system before signing a professional contract on 11 March 1991.[1]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

He moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1993.[citation needed] He scored for Bolton with a spectacular shot from just inside the opponent's box at Wembley in the 1995 League Cup Final in a 2–1 defeat to Liverpool.[citation needed] Thompson was integral to the Bolton Wanderers team that gained promotion from the third tier winning the 1994–95 play off and to the premier League in 1996–97 (Champions).[citation needed]

He also scored the first ever competitive goal at the Reebok Stadium in a match against Tottenham Hotspur.[2] Two years earlier, he had been the scorer of their first ever Premier League goal on the opening day of the 1995–96 season in a 3–2 defeat to Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.[3]

Aston Villa[edit]

Thompson moved to Aston Villa in 1998 for a £4.5 million fee.[citation needed]

Celtic[edit]

Thompson moved to Celtic in 2000 for £2.75 million during manager Martin O'Neill's first season at the club.[citation needed] He was an integral part of the Celtic team that reached the 2003 UEFA Cup Final where Celtic lost 3–2 in extra time to José Mourinho's Porto.[citation needed]

Thompson scored the only goal in the 2005 Scottish Cup Final for Celtic against Dundee United to give the outgoing O'Neill his seventh trophy whilst in charge of the club.[citation needed] He also scored the winning goal against Rangers in two separate Old Firm derby matches and seven against Rangers in all.[citation needed] He had mixed fortunes in Old Firm matches, however, being sent off three times, all at Ibrox Stadium.[citation needed] Thompson scored a spectacular goal in the dying minutes as Celtic beat Rangers in the first Old Firm match of 2004–05, in turn securing Celtic's seventh consecutive win over their Glasgow rivals.[4] Thompson scored several important goals in European competition for Celtic as well; including the opening goal in Celtic's 2–0 win over Liverpool at Anfield in March 2003[5] during Celtic's run to the UEFA Cup Final, and he scored against Barcelona at Parkhead in a 1–0 win a year later[6] to help Celtic reach the quarter-finals of the same tournament.[citation needed]

Under Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, Thompson fell out of favour and found first team opportunities very limited, often not even securing a place on the substitutes' bench.[citation needed]

Leeds United[edit]

On 12 January 2007, Thompson secured a loan move to Championship club Leeds United until the end of 2006–07 in a bid to play first-team football.[7]

On 20 January 2007, Thompson made his debut for Leeds against West Bromwich Albion and scored in a 3–2 defeat.[citation needed] In his next appearance, he scored a trademark free kick; the winning goal against Hull City in a 2–1 victory.[citation needed] Thompson left Leeds at the end of the 2006–07 season after his loan period and Celtic contract ended. His agent commented "He was very happy at Leeds, and there's a chance he could go back there.".[8]

Thompson signed a one-year contract with Leeds on 9 August 2007.[citation needed] He was made club captain for 2007–08, their first in League One[9] He scored from a free kick against Southend United in the first home league match of the season.[citation needed]

Thompson was made acting assistant manager after the departure of Gus Poyet,[10] but returned to his playing role upon the arrival of Dave Bassett.[citation needed] In January 2008, he joined another League One club, Hartlepool United, on a one-month loan deal,[11] scoring once against Luton Town.[12] He spent a spell out of the team injured, before returning to feature in the squad for Leeds' play-off campaign, although he did not play.[citation needed] He retired at the end of the season, at the age of 34.[citation needed]

Thompson ended his playing career on 28 May 2008 after 17 years as a professional. He said: "I've had a good career but I've decided to call it a day. I'll take a bit of time out but I'd like to stay in the match. The high point was playing for England against Sweden in 2004 but I've got plenty of good memories."[13]

International career[edit]

Thompson was capped by England at youth, under-21 and B levels,[1] before earning one cap for the senior team, when he was picked by Sven-Göran Eriksson for a friendly against Sweden in 2004. As a result, he became the first Celtic player to have won an England international cap whilst playing his club football for the Glasgow club.[14]

Coaching career[edit]

On 16 July 2008, Thompson was appointed new academy coach at Newcastle United. It was his former boss Kevin Keegan that handed him the role of looking after the club's young talents.[15] He was the club's reserve-team coach for the 2009–10 season. On 4 June 2010, Thompson left Newcastle by mutual consent[16] and on 17 June 2010 he was announced as the new first-team coach at Celtic, working under his former teammate Neil Lennon.[17] Thompson was dismissed from his role at Celtic on 3 June 2012.[18][unreliable source?]

He was appointed development squad coach at Championship club Birmingham City in June 2014, but when manager Lee Clark and assistant Steve Watson were dismissed in October, Thompson left the club by mutual consent a few days later.[19]

After a spell as first-team coach with Clark during his time at Blackpool, the pair re-united again in February 2017 with Thompson becoming Clark's assistant at Bury.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 1991–92[21] Second Division 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1992–93[22] First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 3[a] 0 5 0
Total 16 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 20 0
Bolton Wanderers 1993–94[23] First Division 27 6 3 1 4 0 5[a] 1 39 8
1994–95[24] First Division 37 7 1 0 8 2 3[b] 0 49 9
1995–96[25] Premier League 26 1 1 0 5 1 32 2
1996–97[26] First Division 34 11 2 1 4 1 40 13
1997–98[27] Premier League 33 9 1 0 4 1 38 10
Total 157 34 8 2 25 5 8 1 198 42
Aston Villa 1998–99[28] Premier League 25 2 0 0 1 0 3[c] 0 29 2
1999–2000[29] Premier League 21 2 1 0 5 1 27 3
2000–01[30] Premier League 0 0 2[d] 0 2 0
Total 46 4 1 0 6 1 5 0 58 5
Celtic 2000–01[30] Scottish Premier League 30 3 6 0 3 1 39 4
2001–02[31] Scottish Premier League 25 6 4 2 1 0 6[e] 1 36 9
2002–03[32] Scottish Premier League 29 8 1 0 3 1 12[c] 3 45 12
2003–04[33] Scottish Premier League 26 11 4 0 1 0 13[f] 2 44 13
2004–05[34] Scottish Premier League 32 7 5 2 2 0 5[g] 1 44 10
2005–06[35] Scottish Premier League 16 2 0 0 1 0 2[g] 1 19 3
2006–07[36] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 158 37 20 4 11 2 38 8 227 51
Leeds United (loan) 2006–07[36] Championship 11 2 11 2
Leeds United 2007–08[37] League One 13 3 0 0 0 0 1[h] 0 14 3
Total 24 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 25 5
Hartlepool United (loan) 2007–08[37] League One 7 1 7 1
Career total 408 81 30 6 42 8 55 9 535 104
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in First Division play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup
  5. ^ Five appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Cup
  6. ^ Eight appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, five appearances in UEFA Cup
  7. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  8. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

International[edit]

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
England[38] 2004 1 0
Total 1 0

Honours[edit]

Bolton Wanderers

Celtic

Individual

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Shaw, Phil (23 September 1997). "Armstrong erases painful memories". The Independent. London. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
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  4. ^ "Celtic 1–0 Rangers". BBC Sport. 29 August 2004. 
  5. ^ "Celtic brush aside Liverpool". BBC Sport. 20 March 2003. 
  6. ^ "Celtic 1–0 Barcelona". BBC Sport. 11 March 2004. 
  7. ^ "Thompson completes move to Leeds". BBC Sport. 12 January 2007. 
  8. ^ "Thompson open to Leeds stay". Sky Sports. 20 June 2007. Archived from the original on 25 June 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007. 
  9. ^ "Let's get busy". Leeds United A.F.C. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007. 
  10. ^ "Spurs pick Poyet to assist Ramos". BBC Sport. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  11. ^ "Pools agree Thompson loan switch". BBC Sport. 22 January 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Hartlepool 4–0 Luton". BBC Sport. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  13. ^ "Thompson finishes playing career". BBC Sport. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2008. 
  14. ^ Nash, Matthew (5 October 2013). "Who are Glasgow Celtic's England internationals?". HITC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Alan Thompson delighted at academy role". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle upon Tyne. 29 July 2008. Archived from the original on 5 August 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  16. ^ "NUFC statement". Newcastle United F.C. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Alan Thompson confirmed as first-team coach". Celtic F.C. 17 June 2010
  18. ^ Wilson, Mark (3 June 2012). "Thompson gets lawyers involved after Celtic axe assistant over the phone". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  19. ^ Tattum, Colin (23 October 2014). "Alan Thompson leaves Blues". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bury: Alan Thompson named assistant manager". BBC Sport. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Season details: 1991–92: Appearances". Toon1892. Kenneth H. Scott. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "Season details: 1992–93: Appearances". Toon1892. Kenneth H. Scott. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  23. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1994). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1994–95. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 76–77, 616–624, 631–634, 655–665. ISBN 978-0-7472-7857-3. 
  24. ^ a b c Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (1995). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1995–96. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 64–65, 552–553, 583–589, 614. ISBN 978-0-7472-7823-8. 
  25. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (1996). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1996–97. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 64–65, 576–582, 602–605. ISBN 978-0-7472-7781-1. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  32. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  37. ^ a b "Games played by Alan Thompson in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  38. ^ "Thompson, Alan". National Football Teams. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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