Andy Thomson (Scottish footballer)

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Andy Thomson
Personal information
Full name Andrew Thomson[1]
Date of birth (1971-04-01) 1 April 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1988–1989 Jerviston Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Queen of the South 175 (93)
1994–1998 Southend United 122 (28)
1998–1999 Oxford United 38 (7)
1999–2001 Gillingham 52 (14)
2001–2003 Queen's Park Rangers 67 (28)
2003–2004 Partick Thistle 21 (5)
2004–2006 Falkirk 28 (9)
2006–2007 Queen of the South 27 (5)
2007–2008 Stenhousemuir 18 (5)
Total 548 (194)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andrew Thomson (born 1 April 1971 in Motherwell) is a Scottish former professional football player. Thomson played in 548 league matches, scoring 194 league goals in a career that saw him play for Queen of the South, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Stenhousemuir in Scotland and Southend United, Oxford United, Gillingham and Queens Park Rangers in England.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Queen of the South (1st spell)[edit]

Thomson signed on 28 July 1989 for Dumfries club Queen of the South from Motherwell-based boys' club Jerviston as an 18-year-old. As Thomson became more experienced the goals started to flow and never stopped in his five seasons at Palmerston Park. Arguably his finest achievement with Queens was the 1990-91 Scottish League Cup run to the quarter finals, where Queens elimimated higher division opponents Dundee and Dunfermline Athletic, before being defeated by a late goal versus Celtic at Parkhead.[3]

Thomson scored 109 goals in all competitions during his first spell in Dumfries, with 93 of those goals scored in 175 league appearances. In season 1993-94, Thomson was Queens Player of the Year and was also awarded the Scottish Second Division's Player of the Year Award, that he also won for the 1991-92 season. Thomson was also Scottish football's top scorer for the 1993-94 season.[3]

Aberdeen offered "Queens" £150,000 for Thomson but the club rejected the "Dons"' bid. Southend United then offered £250,000 and a deal was agreed between the two clubs that led to Thomson leaving for Essex on 4 July 1994 to join Peter Taylor's Shrimpers [4] at Roots Hall. [5] As well as being a record transfer fee paid at that particular time by the "Shrimpers", this still remains the highest fee received by Queens.[3]

Andy Thomson returned to Scotland to play for a Queen of the South Select on 23 April 1995. The opposition in the 2-2 draw was Rangers in a match to mark Queens' 75th anniversary and the opening of the new East Stand. Other guests for Queens included Ted McMinn, Davie Irons and Rowan Alexander.[3][6]

Southend United and Oxford United[edit]

Thomson played for Southend United from season 1994-95 until 1997-98, where he scored 28 goals in 122 league appearances, then spent the 1998-99 season playing for Oxford United, where he scored 7 goals in 38 league appearances. [3]

Gillingham[edit]

Thomson signed for Gillingham on 5 August 1999 for £25,000 just before the season started. Peter Taylor had now signed Thomson for the second time in his managerial career and later described the transfer deal as the best £25,000 he had ever spent.[3][7]

On 28 May 2000, Thomson scored the winning goal for Gillingham in the Football League Second Division play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Thomson had come on as an extra time substitute in the 97th minute of the game. Thomson scored with two minutes of play left on the clock. Following Ty Gooden's centre from the right, the diving Thomson stole in front of Stuart Balmer to glance the ball into the far corner of the net. The goal was reminiscent of Keith Houchen's cup final goal for Coventry City against Tottenham Hotspur.[8] The 3-2 win against Wigan Athletic ensured the Kent club's first ever promotion to the second tier of English football.[9] The club's website described the goals as, "The most iconic moment in the long history of Gillingham Football Club encapsulated in a few moments of extra time football".[3][7] Thomson became the second former "Queens" player to win a Wembley play-off final after Ted McMinn.[3]

Thomson also scored 4 goals in Gillingham's 1999-00 FA Cup run, versus Cheltenham Town, Walsall, Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday. The "Gills" were knocked out of the FA Cup in the quarter finals, the first time they had ever reached so far, at Stamford Bridge, when they lost 5-0 to Chelsea.[3]

Thomson scored 14 goals in 52 league appearances for the "Gills" in his two seasons at Priestfield, which were 1999-00 and 2000-01.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

Thomson then signed for Queens Park Rangers on 22 March 2001 and stayed at Loftus Road until the end of season 2002-03. Thomson then returned to Scotland on 10 July 2003.[3][10]

Thomson scored 28 goals in 67 league appearances for "QPR" in his two seasons at Loftus Road, which were 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Return to Scotland[edit]

Back in Scotland, Thomson played for Partick Thistle in the 2003-04 season, where he scored 5 goals in 21 league appearances and then Falkirk for two seasons, which were 2004-05 and 2005-06, where he scored 9 goals in 28 league appearances before going back to the "Doonhamers" for the 2006-07 season. Thomson said on his return to Queens, "Things have changed quite a bit while I've been away - a new stand, a completely new set-up and a more modern type of training system". Thomson added, "Norman Blount was an excellent chairman."[3]

During his second spell at Palmerston Park, Thomson scored 5 goals in 27 league appearances and overall, Thomson scored 114 goals in his two spells in Dumfries and is currently the fourth highest goalscorer in "Queens" history, as he is now one goal behind striker Derek Lyle on 115 goals. These two modern day strikers are both behind Jim Patterson on 251 goals and Bobby Black on 120 goals.[11] Thomson was inducted into Queen of the South's Hall of Fame on 19 January 2013. [12]

Thomson then joined Stenhousemuir for the 2007-08 season, where he scored 5 goals in 18 league appearances until he was troubled by injuries and was forced to announce his retirement to the media on 18 March 2008.[13]

Coaching career[edit]

Thomson started his coaching career as head coach of the University of Strathclyde's men's football team and he led them to the British Universities and Colleges League Championship in 2014 and 2015. Thomson then joined Edusport Academy as head coach, a football academy for young French players studying in Scotland, who currently play in the Lowland League. Thomson then joined the University of Stirling's men's football team, as assistant manager to the club's manager Shelley Kerr. In August 2017, Thomson was appointed assistant coach of the SWNT, joining up again with Shelley Kerr, who is now the new head coach of the SWNT.

Thomson is also a UEFA A-Licence holder and is currently studying for an MSc in Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling. Also, for the last two years, Thomson has been coaching at the Scottish Football Association's Performance School at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andy Thomson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Andy Thomson at Soccerbase
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Andy Thomson interview and career profile www.Qosfc.com
  4. ^ http://www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/
  5. ^ http://www.southendunited.co.uk/club/contactus/
  6. ^ "The Queens" by Iain McCartney on Creedon Publications, 2004
  7. ^ a b "Gillingham | Club | Past Players | Past Players | Andy Thomson". Gillinghamfootballclub.com. Retrieved 14 July 2009. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Play-Off Finals". The Football League. Archived from the original on 5 April 2007. Retrieved 11 April 2007. 
  10. ^ "Andy Thomson - Queens Park Rangers FC - Football-Heroes.net". Sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  11. ^ http://qosfc.com/new_legendsview.aspx?playerid=1043
  12. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/news-2994
  13. ^ "Dumbarton v Stenhousemuir - Scotsman.com Sport". Sport.scotsman.com. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "New Scotland Women’s National Team assistant coach appointed". Scottish Football Association. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 

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