Dean Thomas (footballer)
|Full name||Dean Thomas|
|Date of birth||19 December 1961|
|Place of birth||Bedworth, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Dean Thomas (born 19 December 1961 in Bedworth, Warwickshire) is a former English footballer and former manager of Conference North side Hinckley United. Thomas was the only manager in the club's history and managed the team for 15 seasons.
In August 1997 Thomas became team manager with former Hinckley Athletic boss John Hanna being appointed general manager, although Hanna relinquished his position in the new year of 1998, leaving Thomas in sole charge.
Thomas was a professional footballer with Wimbledon F.C, Fortuna Düsseldorf, Northampton Town and Notts County. While at Notts County, Dean was club captain and played twice at Wembley Stadium. His first managerial post was with Bedworth United, his hometown club, and then after the formation in 1997 became Hinckley United manager. His greatest achievement as a manager so far has been winning the Dr Marten Western Division Championship with Hinckley United in season 2000–01, plus guiding Hinckley United to the FA Cup 2nd round in December 2001 and December 2004.
Thomas was manager of Hinckley United manager for 15 years and had been granted a Testimonal Season for 2007–08.
His assistant manager during that time was former Notts County player Charlie Palmer, however at the start of the 2007–08 season Palmer was replaced by Nick Platnauer. Platnauer had previously managed Rothwell Town, Kettering Town and Bedford Town.
For the 2010–2011 season Platnauer, took more of a coaching role, whilst 1st team Coach Stuart Storer took over the role of assistant manager. In July 2011 Platnauer started the season again in the Assistant Manager's role, but left the club in August 2011, and was replaced by Mark Faulkner as Assistant Manager. After finishing 20th in the Conference North, only being saved from relegation thanks to a reprieve, Thomas decided to change his assistant again for the 2012-2013 Conference North season. Thomas brought in twice former player Carl Heggs to replace Marc Faulkner.
Dean now holds the role of External Sales at National Hickman.
He is now at Kettering Town FCAS manager.
- Wimbledon : 1977/78 - 2008/09, Newcastle Fans.
- Northampton Town : 1946/47 - 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
- Notts County : 1946/47 - 2007/08, Newcastle Fans.
- "Thomas quits Hinckley". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 10 October 2012.