|Full name||Jerome William Thomas|
|Date of birth||23 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Wembley, England|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|2002||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||4||(1)|
|2002||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||6||(2)|
|2008||→ Portsmouth (loan)||1||(0)|
|2009–2013||West Bromwich Albion||99||(11)|
|2012–2013||→ Leeds United (loan)||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:42, 2 January 2015 (UTC).
Jerome William Thomas (born 23 March 1983) is an English footballer who plays predominantly as a left winger, but can also operate centrally. He has made more than 200 appearances in the Premier League and Football League, playing for Leeds United, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.
Born in Wembley, London, Thomas played for Luton Town as a schoolboy, before joining Arsenal. Despite winning the FA Youth Cup twice, in 2000 and 2001, he found it difficult to break into the first team due to the consistency of Robert Pirès and Fredrik Ljungberg.
He was soon loaned out to Queens Park Rangers in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons. He performed well at QPR – scoring a couple of long distance goals – and made his last appearance on 29 October 2002 in an away draw with Wigan Athletic. However, upon his return to Highbury his fortunes were little better, making just three appearances in the 2003–04 season – all in the League Cup. After the Gunners signed José Antonio Reyes on 28 January 2004, following an alleged row with club legend Thierry Henry, Thomas turned down a new one-year contract with Arsenal and decided it was best to pursue a career elsewhere.
Thomas was signed by Premier League team Charlton Athletic on a two-and-a-half-year contract for £100,000 on 2 February 2004, on the same day that saw Scott Parker leave Charlton to join Chelsea for £10 million. Thomas appeared in both of Charlton's first two games of the 2008–09 season. He spent six seasons at Charlton and was a regular under Alan Curbishley and Alan Pardew.
On 15 August 2008 he joined Premier League club (and FA Cup holders) Portsmouth on a season-long loan. He made his league debut for Portsmouth just two days later in a 4–0 away defeat to Chelsea, and on 21 August he signed a one-year contract with Portsmouth to make his loan deal permanent after only six days. Charlton were to be paid a "small fee" should he play a certain number of matches during the 2008–09 season. However, in late August he suffered a stress fracture of the spine and was sidelined for about a month, eventually making his comeback in a reserve team win over Tottenham Hotspur on 6 October. He completed his return to full fitness in a win over Aston Villa reserves on 20 October, when he won a penalty and scored a solo goal.
Thomas did not return to Portsmouth's first team however until the final game of the season (a 1–0 defeat at Wigan). On 1 July 2009 he was released by Portsmouth, having made only three first team appearances (including one during his initial loan spell).
During the summer of 2009 he had trials with two Premier League teams, Hull City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He scored for Hull in a 6–0 victory over North Ferriby United, but was not offered a contract by either Hull or Wolves.
West Bromwich Albion
On 13 August 2009, Thomas signed for Championship team West Bromwich Albion as a free agent. He made his league debut for West Brom five days later, as a substitute in a 3–2 win at Peterborough United, and scored his first goal for them (in his seventh appearance) in their 5–0 win away at Middlesbrough on 19 September 2009. Three days later, Thomas was sent off in a League Cup tie against his former club Arsenal. He was penalized for using his elbow in a challenge on Jack Wilshere, after which he offered Wilshere his hand to apologize and to help the Arsenal player back onto his feet, but Wilshere refused the offer and allegedly made a comment. Thomas reacted by pushing Wilshire away (his hand being high on Wilshere's chest) and was shown a red card. On 25 September 2010 he returned to the Emirates Stadium and scored West Bromwich Albion's third goal in a surprise 3–2 win over the Gunners.
In his first game back from the resulting three-match suspension, on 17 October 2009, Thomas was named as man of the match after scoring two goals in West Brom's 3–1 win over Reading. Thomas went on to have an effective first term with the Baggies, scoring seven goals in twenty nine appearances; however, his season was cut short due to a recurrence of a back injury which he suffered in the previous season. In a bid to regain fitness for the following campaign Thomas returned to pre-season training ahead of the rest of the first team squad.
Thomas helped West Brom secure another season in the Premier League and scored three goals one being against his former club Arsenal. Thomas played a big part in helping West Bromwich Albion secure their third consecutive Premier League season under new England manager Roy Hodgson. but found first team chances hard to come by in the 2012/13 season under new head coach Steve Clarke. With injuries not helping his cause he went out on loan to Leeds United. When he returned he played an important part in the game against Aston Villa, which Albion were losing 2-0 but managed to turn it around to 2-2 with Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie goals.
Thomas was released from West Bromwich Albion on 22 May 2013.
On 22 November 2012, he joined Leeds United on loan until January 2013. He became Leeds second signing after the takeover by GFH Capital the previous day. Thomas made his debut for Leeds against Crystal Palace on 24 November and he was handed the number 9 shirt. Thomas received the man of the match award against Crystal Palace and also received praise for his performance against Leicester City, helping Leeds earn two wins in his first two games. He scored his first goal for the club on 15 December, opening the scoring in a 2-0 win against Ipswich Town. On 19 December 2012, Thomas provided an assist for Luciano Becchio's goal against Premier League side Chelsea in the League Cup tie.
After the takeover of Leeds by GFH Capital on 21 December 2012, New Leeds director Salem Patel revealed Leeds were in negotiations with West Bromwich Albion to sign Thomas on a permanent deal. Thomas returned to West Brom when his loan spell at Leeds expired on 2 January 2013. After returning to West Brom, Thomas' agent revealed several clubs including Leeds United were wanting to sign Thomas permanently.
In the 2013 close season, Thomas signed for Premier League side Crystal Palace, on a two-year contract. He was allocated squad No.14. On 16 July 2014 he scored once in a 13-1 pre-season friendly win against GAK Graz. On 22 May 2015, after 10 appearances for Palace, it was announced that Thomas would not be offered a new contract at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Thomas made his England U19 debut against Georgia under-19's in the Under-19 European Championship's preliminary round in 2001. He played four games for the under-19 side scoring one goal.
- As of 4 January 2015.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2001–02||Division 2||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||1|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2002–03||Division 2||6||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||2|
|Charlton Athletic||2003–04||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Portsmouth (loan)||2008–09||Premier League||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|Charlton Athletic Total||103||7||9||0||7||0||0||0||119||7|
|West Bromwich Albion||2009–10||Championship||27||7||1||1||1||0||0||0||29||8|
|Leeds United (loan)||2012–13||Championship||6||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||7||1|
|West Bromwich Albion Total||99||11||5||1||2||1||0||0||106||13|
|Crystal Palace||2013–14||Premier League||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||9||0|
Despite being mentioned in rapper Kano's song London Town, from the 2007 album of the same name, Thomas is not Kano's cousin. Thomas denied the relationship in a Coca-Cola Football League podcast posted 21 October 2009.  Said Thomas, "I get asked this all the time. Apparently it's on Wikipedia." Thomas went on to state that former teammate and friend Jon Fortune is Kano's cousin.
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