Ian Thomson (rugby league)

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Ian Thomson
Personal information
Nickname Magilla
Born (1955-07-12) 12 July 1955 (age 61)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1975–76 Queanbeyan
1977–80 Manly-Warringah 81 10 0 0 30
1981 Balmain Tigers 8 0 0 0 0
1982–86 Manly-Warringah 30 4 0 0 12
Total 119 14 0 0 42
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1976 Country NSW 1 0 0 0 0
1978 City NSW 1 0 0 0 0
1978 New South Wales 3 1 0 0 3
1978 Australia 3 0 0 0 0

Ian Thomson (born 16 May 1956) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1970s and '80s.[1] An Australian international and New South Wales interstate representative front row forward, he played club football for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 1978 NSWRFL Premiership, as well as the Balmain Tigers.

Thomson came from a footballing family: his father Jim and brother Gary were both Balmain players. His uncle, Allan Thomson was an Australian international. Ian played President's Cup for Balmain in 1974. He then spent two seasons with Quanbeyan under coach Don Furner, earning representative honours with Country Firsts in 1976.[2] He returned to Sydney, signing with Manly-Warringah for the 1977 NSWRFL season. The following year he represented New South Wales and was first selected to play for Australia in the first test against New Zealand. The 1978 NSWRFL season's Grand Final was to be played by the Manly-Warringah and Cronulla-Sutherland clubs. The game ended in a draw and resulted in a re-play which was won by Manly-Warringah, with Thomson playing in both matches. After that he went on the 1978 Kangaroo tour.

In the second-last round of the 1980 regular season, Thomson was sent off for a high tackle and was subsequently suspended by the judiciary for the rest of the season.[3]

In November 1980 Thomson agreed to play for two seasons with the Balmain Tigers,[4] however he played only one season.[5] The following year he returned to the Sea Eagles and reached the Grand Final which was eventually lost to the Parramatta Eels.

In 1983 Thomson broke his arm in the first minute of a mid-season match against Eastern Suburbs[6] which resulted in a further break, four operations and the insertion of a steel plate, in 1984 Ian mode to England Rugby Club, Swinton Lions, where he represented Swinton Lions in the position of prop forward, playing 12 times, before moving back to Australia. eventually forcing his retirement in 1986. He then started coaching in the Newcastle area.

In 2000 Thomson was appointed Chairman of the newly formed Northern Eagles club, overseeing the demise of the merger with the North Sydney Bears at the end of 2001 and the reversion of the franchise to the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[7] Thomson continued on at Manly, becoming Chief Executive.[8]


  1. ^ Ian Thomson at nrlstats.com
  2. ^ Clarkson, Alan (28 January 1977). "Manly to miss Fulton". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 13. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Two League suspensions". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. 26 August 1980. p. 17. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Balmain sign up Thomson". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. 18 November 1980. p. 34. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Ian Thomson at stats.rleague.com
  6. ^ Clarkson, Ian (5 July 1983). "Injured Sterling in doubt for Test". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia. p. 28. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Ian Thomson at yesterdayshero.com.au
  8. ^ AAP (24 December 2002). "Vautin confirmed as new Manly chairman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 6 February 2011.