Andrew Thompson (footballer)
|Full name||Andrew Charles Thompson|
|Date of birth||21 October 1972|
|Original team(s)||Old Melburnians (VAFA)|
|Debut||Round 1, 29 March 1997, St Kilda
vs. Hawthorn, at Waverley Park
|1997–2007||St Kilda||221 (93)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Thompson was recruited in the 1996 AFL Draft at pick no 62 and was picked up from the VAFA club Old Melburnians. At the time of his recruitment Thompson was 24 years of age, relatively old for an AFL footballer to begin his career. Thompson later said that being recruited at a late age allowed him to become more travelled and worldly than other footballers who begin their careers at 17 or 18 years of age.
Thompson quickly established himself in the St Kilda line-up in 1997, missing only two games (in Rounds 2 and 3) and playing every game from Round 4 onwards, including St Kilda's loss in the Grand Final.
Thompson played in 20 of 22 matches in the 1997 AFL Premiership Season home and away rounds in which St Kilda Football Club qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club's 2nd Minor Premiership and 1st McClelland Trophy.
Thompson was noted for his hard work ethic and consistency and this led to him winning the 1999 Channel 7 Player of the Year Award. His outstanding and consistent form also earned him a Trevor Barker Award for St Kilda's Best and Fairest player in 2000. Despite a dismal year for the Saints, when they finished last, Thompson continued toiling and was a shining light in an otherwise disappointing side.
Thompson signed a one-year contract with the Saints for the 2006 season and was part of a veteran group with Justin Peckett and Stephen Powell who signed on for one last shot at a premiership. He made a solid contribution for the season, and new coach Ross Lyon signed 'Thommo' up for one last time at the beginning of the 2007 year.
In his last season, Thompson battled injury and fitness issues, but managed 10 matches for the Saints. He farwelled the football world on 1 September, playing his final game on the MCG against Richmond. Fellow Saint Fraser Gehrig also announced his retirement, and both players were chaired off the ground.
Thompson has worked part-time in the finance and business world since 2004. Three weeks after announcing his retirement, he joined the Burke-Westaway ticket that challenged St Kilda's incumbent board. He has been a director of the club since 2007.
- "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final – Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 13 March 2004. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Timms, Daryl (11 September 2007). "St Kilda greats challenge board". Herald Sun. AAP.
- Morris, Tom (20 May 2014). "Where are they now? Andrew Thompson".
- Andrew Thompson's statistics from AFL Tables