Dean Thomas (footballer)
|Date of birth||19 December 1961|
|Place of birth||Bedworth, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1982–1983||→ Ilves (loan)||35||(9)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Dean Thomas (born 19 December 1961) is an English former footballer and former manager of Hinckley United. Thomas was the only manager in the club's history and managed the team for 15 years. He also managed Kettering Town.
Thomas was a professional footballer with Wimbledon, Tampereen Ilves, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Northampton Town and Notts County. During his second loan spell with Ilves, Thomas won the Finnish championship in 1983. While at Notts County, he was club captain and played twice at Wembley Stadium.
His first managerial post was with Bedworth United, his hometown club. In 1997, he became newly formed Hinckley United's first manager. He led the club to the Southern Football League Western Division championship in the 2000–01 season and the FA Cup second round in December 2001 and December 2004.
Thomas took over as manager of Kettering Town of the Southern League Division One Central at the beginning of the 2013–14 season. He lost most of his first games, but eventually pulled together results, going 21 games unbeaten. The Poppies finished in 3rd place, thus qualifying for the play-offs. They beat Daventry Town 1–0 in the semi-final and progressed to the play-off final against Slough Town in the final. Kettering took a two-goal lead in the final but ultimately lost 3–2.
In May 2014, Thomas announced that he was stepping down as Kettering Town FC manager.
- Wimbledon : 1977/78 – 2008/09, Newcastle Fans.
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- Northampton Town : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
- Notts County : 1946/47 – 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
- "Thomas quits Hinckley". NonLeagueDaily.com. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- Dean Thomas at Soccerbase