Alan Thompson (footballer, born 1973)
|Full name||Alan Thompson|
|Date of birth||22 December 1973|
|Place of birth||Newcastle upon Tyne, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Bury (assistant manager)|
|2007||→ Leeds United (loan)||11||(2)|
|2008||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||7||(1)|
|* 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.
Thompson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear. He began his career at his hometown club Newcastle United, progressing through their youth system before signing a professional contract on 11 March 1991.
He moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1993. 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. 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).
He also scored the first ever competitive goal at the Reebok Stadium in a match against Tottenham Hotspur. 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.
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Thompson moved to Celtic in 2000 for £2.75 million during manager Martin O'Neill's first season at the club. 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.
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. He also scored the winning goal against Rangers in two separate Old Firm derby matches and seven against Rangers in all. He had mixed fortunes in Old Firm matches, however, being sent off three times, all at Ibrox Stadium. 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. 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 during Celtic's run to the UEFA Cup Final, and he scored against Barcelona at Parkhead in a 1–0 win a year later to help Celtic reach the quarter-finals of the same tournament.
On 20 January 2007, Thompson made his debut for Leeds against West Bromwich Albion and scored in a 3–2 defeat. In his next appearance, he scored a trademark free kick; the winning goal against Hull City in a 2–1 victory. 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.".
Thompson signed a one-year contract with Leeds on 9 August 2007. He was made club captain for 2007–08, their first in League One He scored from a free kick against Southend United in the first home league match of the season.
Thompson was made acting assistant manager after the departure of Gus Poyet, but returned to his playing role upon the arrival of Dave Bassett. In January 2008, he joined another League One club, Hartlepool United, on a one-month loan deal, scoring once against Luton Town. 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. He retired at the end of the season, at the age of 34.
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."
Thompson was capped by England at youth, under-21 and B levels, 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.
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. He was the club's reserve-team coach for the 2009–10 season. On 4 June 2010, Thompson left Newcastle by mutual consent and on 17 June 2010 he was announced as the new first-team coach at Celtic, working under his former teammate Neil Lennon. Thompson was dismissed from his role at Celtic on 3 June 2012.[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.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Newcastle United||1991–92||Second Division||14||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
|Bolton Wanderers||1993–94||First Division||27||6||3||1||4||0||5[a]||1||39||8|
|Aston Villa||1998–99||Premier League||25||2||0||0||1||0||3[c]||0||29||2|
|Celtic||2000–01||Scottish Premier League||30||3||6||0||3||1||—||39||4|
|2001–02||Scottish Premier League||25||6||4||2||1||0||6[e]||1||36||9|
|2002–03||Scottish Premier League||29||8||1||0||3||1||12[c]||3||45||12|
|2003–04||Scottish Premier League||26||11||4||0||1||0||13[f]||2||44||13|
|2004–05||Scottish Premier League||32||7||5||2||2||0||5[g]||1||44||10|
|2005–06||Scottish Premier League||16||2||0||0||1||0||2[g]||1||19||3|
|2006–07||Scottish Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Leeds United (loan)||2006–07||Championship||11||2||—||—||—||11||2|
|Leeds United||2007–08||League One||13||3||0||0||0||0||1[h]||0||14||3|
|Hartlepool United (loan)||2007–08||League One||7||1||—||—||—||7||1|
- Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
- Appearances in First Division play-offs
- Appearances in UEFA Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup
- Five appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Cup
- Eight appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, five appearances in UEFA Cup
- Appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Appearances in Football League Trophy
- Football League First Division: 1996–97
- Football League First Division play-offs: 1994–95
- Football League Cup runner-up: 1994–95
- Scottish Premier League: 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06
- Scottish Cup: 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05
- Scottish League Cup: 2000–01, 2005–06
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