Steven Thompson (Scottish footballer)

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Steven Thompson
Personal information
Full name Steven Howard Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1978-10-14) 14 October 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club St. Mirren
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2003 Dundee United 133 (18)
2003–2006 Rangers 62 (17)
2006–2008 Cardiff City 97 (16)
2008–2011 Burnley 83 (13)
2011– St. Mirren 104 (39)
National team
1997–1999 Scotland U21 12 (5)
2002–2004 Scotland 16 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Howard Thompson (born 14 October 1978) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays as a forward for St. Mirren.

Thompson started his professional career at Dundee United and then had spells at Rangers, Cardiff City and Burnley before his move to Paisley.

He was also a Scotland international between 2002 and 2004.

Club career[edit]

Dundee United[edit]

Born in Paisley, he started his career at Dundee United in 1996 and made his début as a substitute in a league match against Hearts in 1997. By season 1998–1999, he had become a regular in the Dundee United team and in October 2002 began talks on a new contract,[2] insisting a week later they were "going well".[3] Amidst speculation that Rangers were interested in signing Thompson, talks resumed in mid-November,[4] only for the move to Rangers to all but be confirmed before the end of the month.[5] Following talks on a new contract broken down, it announced that Dundee United had placed Thompson on a transfer list.[6]


On Boxing Day 2002, Thompson moved to Rangers for £200,000 with Billy Dodds having returned to Tannadice twenty-four hours earlier,[7] though Sky Sports reported the move was completed on 31 December 2002.[8] Thompson scored on his debut in the 3–1 win over Dundee.[9]

After suffering knee ligament damage in September 2003,[10] Thompson missed most of the season, where he went on the surgery, which was successful[11] and returning in March.[12] Later in the 2003–04 season, Thompson would went on scored six goals in the remaining matches, including a 2–1 loss in the Old Firm rivalry on 28 March 2004.[13]

Thompson played in the majority of matches the following season and despite having played in nearly every match of 2005–06, Thompson would score his first Champions League goal, in a 2–2 draw against Petržalka 1898, in Matchday Four, on 1 November 2005.[14] By the end of December, Thompson was allowed to move to Cardiff City for a fee of £250,000 in January 2006.[15] He was previously linked a move to SPL rival's Aberdeen.[16]

Cardiff City[edit]

During his first year at Ninian Park, he scored twice on his debut, on 14 January 2006, in a 3–0 win over Burnley.[17] Since his debut, he was a regular first team member and spent the year forming a partnership with fellow striker Michael Chopra. He played a total of 45 games in both league and cup competitions during his first year but only managed to find the net 6 times. Thompson was transfer listed in the summer of 2007 due to his inability to score goals consistently at Championship level but a bizarre injury prevented him from leaving the club.[18] Thompson was on holiday in the US when he fell off a banana boat, being towed behind another boat, which caused him to sustain a groin injury that required surgery.[19][20] He returned from the injury on 15 September where he came off the bench to grab a late equaliser in a league match against Plymouth Argyle and continued to progress making his first start for Cardiff in five months in November. However despite his increasing form he was not formally taken off the transfer list and attracted interest from Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.[21]

During November and the beginning of December, Thompson was first choice striker for the Bluebirds and normally lined up alongside Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the squad and he found the net three times during this period, against Hull City, Colchester United and Blackpool. After these matchesm Thompson held an interview with Scottish newspaper The Herald in which he claimed that manager Dave Jones had made him a scapegoat for Cardiff's failure to reach the play-offs the previous year. During the interview he also revealed that he and Jones rarely speak to each other any more after he was placed on the transfer list.[22] A day later on 15 December he was sent off in a derby match against Bristol City after a foul on Bristol goalkeeper Adriano Basso by referee Uriah Rennie, who was heavily criticised by Dave Jones for his handling of the game.[23]

On 14 January 2008, Cardiff manager Dave Jones revealed that the club had received two offers from another Football League Championship club, but they had been turned down.[24] In the 2008–09 season, Thompson played four times for Cardiff City, including his first goal of the season, in a 2–1 win over Southampton on the opening game of the season.[25]


On 1 September 2008, after spending over a year on the transfer list at Cardiff, he signed for Burnley on a two-year deal linking up with manager Owen Coyle again, during Coyle's time at Dundee United Thompson used to clean his football boots.[26] He made his Burnley debut on 13 September against Nottingham Forest and went on to make over 40 appearances for the side during the season scoring a career high total of 11 goals, including a 20-yard volley on 12 May in the 2–0 win over Reading in the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.[27] His form led manager Owen Coyle to label him "the best free transfer of the season".[28]

In the 2009–10 season, with Burnley now in the Premier League for the first time in 33 years, Thompson's form dropped badly. He made several match deciding errors and misjudgements after a couple of months coming on as a sub without scoring, often playing out of position. Following Coyle's departure to rival Bolton and was replaced by Brian Laws, He scored his first Premier League goal for Burnley in a 2–1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers on 13 March 2010.[29] Despite Burnley relegation, Thompson would went on scored three goals in the remaining matches, against Sunderland,[30] Birmingham City[31] and Tottenham Hotspur.[32] Despite the relegation, Thompson was offered a new deal by the club;[33] which was accepted on a one-year contract.[34]

In the 2010–11 season, with Burnley back in the Championship after one season in the Premier League, Thompson's form continued to dropped badly after a couple of months coming on as a sub without scoring, often playing out of position. On 15 February 2011, Thompson would score an equaliser against his former club, Cardiff City, in a 1–1 draw.[35] Thompson said after the match: "It’s important we kept up our momentum, going into these two bigs games at Watford and Cardiff, and taking four out of six points is a good return, on the back of our win against Norwich before that. We’re building momentum and looking forward. This is the first time certainly I’ve felt we’re really picking up a bit of speed here."[36] After the 2010–11 season, Thompson was released by the club.[37] Following his release, Thompson announced he will return to Scotland for the first time since leaving Rangers for Cardiff City, in addition, Thompson stated he enjoyed playing for the club.[38]

St Mirren[edit]

Steven Thompson signed a two-year deal with boyhood heroes St. Mirren on 1 June 2011.[39] After the move, Thompson says his main objective at the club is to aim for to climb the SPL table.[40]

He made his home debut at St. Mirren Park against Morton in the Renfrewshire Cup match, which St. Mirren won 4–2. Thompson scored two goals in the match.[41] Thompson won, and then missed, a penalty kick on his debut against Dunfermline Athletic on the opening game of the season.[42] After the match, Boss Danny Lennon believes Thompson should remain as a penalty taker.[43] On 6 August 2011, Thompson would score his first goal for the club, in a 1–1 draw against former club, Dundee United. Three weeks later, on 23 August 2011, Thompson scored twice, in the second round of Scottish League Cup, in a 4–3 win over Morton. He ended his eight games without scoring, on 15 October 2011, when he scored against his former club, Rangers, as both sides drew 1–1. After the match, Thompson says scoring against his former side at Ibrox stadium is "brilliant" and a "great feeling" to equalise.[44] Thompson since a regular first team member and scoring form shortly became very slow. Thompson then scored his first hat-trick for St Mirren against Dunfermline Athletic in April 2012 to take his tally for the season to 15.[45] After the match, Thompson spoke about his hat-trick and revealed he hadn't scored a hat-trick over a decade ago.[46]

In the 2012–13 season, Thompson starts his season when he scored his first goal of the season, in a 2–1 loss against Hibernian on 18 August 2012. Soon, that was followed up, on 29 September 2012, when he scored a brace, including an overhead kick and winning the penalty, allowing Lewis Guy to score, in a 5–4 thrilling victory against Ross County. From 21 December 2012 to 30 December 2012, Thompson scored four goals in three consecutive matches. Thompson then score in a 3–2 win over Celtic, to send the club through to the final of the Scottish League Cup.[47] Then after the match, Thompson admits the final will be the best moment of his career.[48] Soon after in February 2013, after being named in the new years honours list as Sir Thommo of Hawk, he agreed a new one year contract with St. Mirren.[49] He went on to score the second goal in a 3–2 victory against the Edinburgh team Heart of Midlothian which led to the Paisley Team winning the League Cup Final, cementing his position as a God amongst men, and King of all things Black and White.[50] Following the win, Thompson described winning the Scottish League Cup as "bursting with pride" and amazing feeling.[51]

International career[edit]

Thompson has been capped for Scotland at under-21 level and won his first full Scotland cap against France in March 2002 and got his first start a month later,[52] scoring his first goal in May 2002.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Thompson is a musician and in May 2008 he penned a song for Cardiff's FA Cup Final appearance.[54][55] His dad, Graham, is also a musician and plays in a Glasgow pub band called Dr. Cook and the Boners.[56] Following St. Mirren winning the Scottish League Cup, Thompson revealed he wrote a song for the club, but decided against playing the song in public, even if the club win the Cup.[57]


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