Steve Thompson (footballer, born 1989)

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Steve Thompson
Personal information
Full name Stephen Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1989-04-15) 15 April 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Peterlee, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Darlington 1883
Youth career
2005–2008 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Port Vale 17 (2)
2009 Stafford Rangers (loan) 4 (2)
2009–2010 Telford United 14 (0)
2010–2012 Durham City 39 (15)
2012– Darlington 1883
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen Thompson (born 15 April 1989) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for National League North side Darlington 1883.

Unable to make the first team at Middlesbrough, he signed with Port Vale in May 2008. He left Vale Park by mutual consent in October 2009, at which point he joined Telford United. He spent one season with Telford before joining Durham City. He signed with Darlington in September 2012, and helped the club to the Northern Football League title in 2012–13, promotion out of the Northern Premier League Division One North via the play-offs in 2015, and then Premier Division title in 2015–16.


Born in Peterlee, County Durham, Thompson began his career at Middlesbrough in the academy and youth team and he signed for the club at the start of the 2007–08 season but did not play a game for the first team. Released at the end of the season,[2] he had a successful trial with Port Vale and signed with the club in May 2008,[3] citing manager Lee Sinnott's style of play as a reason for joining the club.[4]

He spent four months working off a hamstring injury,[5] before making his debut as a 74th minute substitute on 6 December 2008 against Grimsby Town.[5] His first league start came two weeks later in a 1–0 defeat to Chesterfield at Vale Park, he was taken off in the 53rd minute, despite the protestations of the home crowd.[6] His first goal came against Rochdale on 28 December, as he hit a 90th-minute winner for a Vale side reduced to 10-men.[7] Described by Ian Brightwell as "probably the best finisher we have at the club",[8] he was dropped from the first team in February 2009.[9] He worked hard at the end of the season to put himself back in contention and made eight further appearances under Dean Glover before the season's end.

During a 2009–10 pre-season friendly with Nantwich Town, Thompson was dismissed for violent conduct, shoulder-barging an opposition player in an off-the-ball incident.[10] Manager Micky Adams promised to punish Thompson in some way for his lack of discipline.[10] Two days later Adams placed him on the transfer list, along with five other youngsters.[11][12] Early the next month local Conference North side Stafford Rangers enquired about Thompson's availability, after fellow Vale youngster Ross Davidson performed well in his loan spell.[13] A one-month loan deal was quickly agreed.[14] His contract with Port Vale was cancelled by mutual consent in October 2009, Thompson aimed to find first team football elsewhere.[15] The next day he signed with Telford United of the Conference North.[16] He spent one season with Telford, but had issues with the long distances he was travelling to the club from his home.[17] He subsequently joined Northern Premier League Division One North side Durham City, and was described by the club's website as "a quick thinking classic playmaker who has pace, good feet and excellent passing ability which mean he is equally at home both scoring and making goals for others."[18] Durham finished 17th in 2010–11, but resigned from the league at the end of 2011–12 to join the Northern League.

He signed with Northern League side Darlington 1883 in September 2012.[19] The club won promotion as champions in 2012–13. The "Quakers" reached the play-offs in the Northern Premier League Division One North in 2013–14, where they were knocked out by Ramsbottom United. He scored his 50th goal in his 100th appearance for Darlington against Mossley. In 2015, Darlington beat Bamber Bridge 2–0 in the Division One North play-off final to secure promotion into the Premier Division.[20] A second successive promotion was achieved as Darlington won the Premier Division title in 2015–16.

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stafford Rangers (loan) 2009–10 Conference North 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Port Vale 2008–09[21] League Two 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
2009–10 League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
Telford United 2009–10 Conference North 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0


with Darlington 1883


  1. ^ "Player Registrations" (PDF). September 2009. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Port Vale: Thompson aims to follow in Rooney's footsteps". The Sentinel. 30 August 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "Vale sign Boro youngster Thompson". BBC Sport. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Thompson happy with Sinnott style". BBC Sport. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Baggaley, Michael (10 December 2008). "Port Vale: Thompson 'has role to play for Valiants'". The Sentinel. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Port Vale 0 Chesterfield 1". The Sentinel. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 20 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Port Vale 2–1 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 28 December 2008. 
  8. ^ "Thompson is 'showing potential'". BBC Sport. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Drop was deserved admits Thompson". BBC Sport. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2009. 
  10. ^ a b Shaw, Steve (5 August 2009). "Port Vale: Adams sees red as Thompson is sent off". The Sentinel. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  11. ^ Shaw, Steve (6 August 2009). "Port Vale: Valiants transfer list six players". The Sentinel. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Port Vale looking to move on six". BBC Sport. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  13. ^ Shaw, Steve (2 September 2009). "Breaking News: Davidson set to extend Stafford stay". The Sentinel. Retrieved 2 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Port Vale: Thompson joins Davidson at Stafford". The Sentinel. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009. 
  15. ^ Shaw, Steve (6 October 2009). "Breaking News: Vale cancel Thompson's contract". The Sentinel. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Vale's Thompson joins AFC Telford". BBC Sport. 7 October 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "AFC Telford striker Steve Thompson deal in the balance". BBC Sport. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  18. ^ "profile". Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Stephen Thompson Signs For Quakers". Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  20. ^ Smith, Oliver (2 May 2015). "Darlington 1883 2-0 Bamber Bridge". Lancashire Post. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Steve Thompson in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 

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