Andy Thomson (Scottish footballer)

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Andy Thomson
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Thomson [1]
Date of birth (1971-04-01) 1 April 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Motherwell, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1988–1989 Jerviston Boys Club
Senior career*
1989–1994 Queen of the South 175 (93)
1994–1998 Southend United 122 (28)
1998–1999 Oxford United 38 (7)
1999–2001 Gillingham 52 (14)
2001–2003 Queens Park Rangers 67 (28)
2003–2004 Partick Thistle 21 (5)
2004–2006 Falkirk 28 (9)
2006–2007 Queen of the South 27 (5)
2007–2008 Stenhousemuir 18 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Andrew Thomson (born 1 April 1971 in Motherwell) is a former Scottish professional footballer. Thomson played in 548 league matches, scoring 194 league goals in a career that saw him play for Queen of the South, Partick Thistle, Falkirk and Stenhousemuir in Scotland and Southend United, Oxford United, Gillingham and Queens Park Rangers in England. [2]

Motherwell town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Motherwell is a large town and former burgh in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, south east of Glasgow. It has a population of around 32,120. Historically in the parish of Dalziel and part of Lanarkshire, Motherwell is the headquarters for North Lanarkshire Council. Geographically the River Clyde separates Motherwell from Hamilton to the west whereas the South Calder Water separates Motherwell from Carfin to the north-east and New Stevenston and Bellshill towards the north. Motherwell is also geographically close to Wishaw to the south-east.

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

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Playing career

Queen of the South (First spell)

Thomson signed on 28 July 1989 for Dumfries club Queen of the South from Motherwell-based boys' club Jerviston as an 18-year-old. As Thomson became more experienced the goals started to flow and never stopped in his five seasons at Palmerston Park. Arguably his finest achievement with Queens was the 1990–91 Scottish League Cup run to the quarter finals, where Queens eliminated higher division opponents Dundee and Dunfermline Athletic, before being defeated by a late goal versus Celtic at Parkhead. [3]

Dumfries town in Scotland

Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is located near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is the traditional county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. The nickname has also given name to the town's professional football club. People from Dumfries are known colloquially in the Scots language as Doonhamers.

Queen of the South F.C. association football club

Queen of the South Football Club are a Scottish professional football club formed in March 1919 and located in Dumfries. The club currently plays in the Scottish Championship, the second tier of Scottish football. They are officially nicknamed The Doonhamers but are usually referred to as Queens or QoS. Their home ground since their formation has been Palmerston Park.

Palmerston Park football stadium

Palmerston Park is a football stadium on Terregles Street in Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It is the home ground of Scottish Championship club Queen of the South, who have played there since 1919. South of Scotland League club Heston Rovers have shared Palmerston since 2013. The stadium has a capacity of 8,690 of which 3,377 are seats.

Thomson scored 109 goals in all competitions during his first spell in Dumfries, with 93 of those goals scored in 175 league appearances. In season 1993–94, Thomson was Queens Player of the Year and was also awarded the Scottish Second Division's Player of the Year Award, that he also won for the 1991–92 season. Thomson was also Scottish football's top scorer for the 1993–94 season. [3]

Aberdeen offered "Queens" £150,000 for Thomson but the club rejected the "Dons"' bid. Southend United then offered £250,000 and a deal was agreed between the two clubs that led to Thomson leaving for Essex on 4 July 1994 to join Peter Taylor's Shrimpers [4] at Roots Hall. [5] As well as being a record transfer fee paid at that particular time by the "Shrimpers", this still remains the highest fee received by Queens. [3]

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Andy Thomson returned to Scotland to play for a Queen of the South Select on 23 April 1995. The opposition in the 2–2 draw was Rangers in a match to mark Queens' 75th anniversary and the opening of the new East Stand. Other guests for Queens included Ted McMinn, Davie Irons and Rowan Alexander. [3] [6]

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Southend United and Oxford United

Thomson played for Southend United from season 1994–95 until 1997–98, where he scored 28 goals in 122 league appearances, then spent the 1998–99 season playing for Oxford United, where he scored 7 goals in 38 league appearances. [3]

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Thomson signed for Gillingham on 5 August 1999 for £25,000 just before the season started. Peter Taylor had now signed Thomson for the second time in his managerial career and later described the transfer deal as the best £25,000 he had ever spent. [3] [7]

On 28 May 2000, Thomson scored the winning goal for Gillingham in the Football League Second Division play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Thomson had come on as an extra time substitute in the 97th minute of the game. Thomson scored with two minutes of play left on the clock. Following Ty Gooden's centre from the left, the diving Thomson stole in front of Stuart Balmer to glance the ball into the far corner of the net. The goal was reminiscent of Keith Houchen's cup final goal for Coventry City against Tottenham Hotspur. [8] The 3–2 win against Wigan Athletic ensured the Kent club's first ever promotion to the second tier of English football. [9] The club's website described the goals as, "The most iconic moment in the long history of Gillingham Football Club encapsulated in a few moments of extra time football". [3] [7] Thomson became the second former "Queens" player to win a Wembley play-off final after Ted McMinn. [3]

Thomson also scored 4 goals in Gillingham's 1999-00 FA Cup run, versus Cheltenham Town, Walsall, Bradford City and Sheffield Wednesday. The "Gills" were knocked out of the FA Cup in the quarter finals, the first time they had ever reached so far, at Stamford Bridge, when they lost 5–0 to Chelsea. [3]

Thomson scored 14 goals in 52 league appearances for the "Gills" in his two seasons at Priestfield, which were 1999-00 and 2000–01.

Queens Park Rangers

Thomson then signed for Queens Park Rangers on 22 March 2001 and stayed at Loftus Road until the end of season 2002–03. Thomson then returned to Scotland on 10 July 2003. [3] [10]

Thomson scored 28 goals in 67 league appearances for "QPR" in his two seasons at Loftus Road, which were 2001–02 and 2002–03.

Return to Scotland

Thomson played for Partick Thistle in the 2003–04 season, where he scored 5 goals in 21 league appearances and then Falkirk for two seasons, which were 2004–05 and 2005–06, where he scored 9 goals in 28 league appearances.

Thomson returned to the Doonhamers at the start of the 2006–07 season. Thomson said on his return to Queens, "Things have changed quite a bit while I've been away – a new stand, a completely new set-up and a more modern type of training system". Thomson added, "Norman Blount was an excellent chairman." [3]

During his second spell at Palmerston Park, Thomson scored 5 goals in 27 league appearances and overall, Thomson scored 114 goals in his two spells in Dumfries and is currently the fifth highest all-time goalscorer for the Doonhamers. Thomson was surpassed by Derek Lyle during the 2017-18 season as Lyle finished his Queens career with 117 goals and was then surpassed by Stephen Dobbie at the start 2018-19 season when he scored a brace versus Edinburgh City on 21 July 2018 in the Scottish League Cup. Dobbie is currently on 146 goals for the Doonhamers, 105 goals behind Jim Patterson, who scored 251 goals and 26 goals ahead of Bobby Black's total of 120 goals. [3] Thomson was inducted into the Doonhamers Hall of Fame on 19 January 2013. [11]

Thomson then joined Stenhousemuir for the 2007–08 season, where he scored 5 goals in 18 league appearances until he was troubled by injuries and was forced to announce his retirement to the media on 18 March 2008. [12]

Coaching career

Thomson started his coaching career as head coach of the University of Strathclyde's men's football team and he led them to the British Universities and Colleges League Championship in 2014 and 2015. Thomson then joined Edusport Academy as head coach, a football academy for young French players studying in Scotland, who currently play in the Lowland League. Thomson then joined the University of Stirling's men's football team, as assistant manager to the club's manager Shelley Kerr. In August 2017, Thomson was appointed assistant coach of the SWNT, joining up again with Shelley Kerr, who is now the new head coach of the SWNT.

Thomson is also a UEFA A-Licence holder and is currently[ when? ] studying for an MSc in Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling. Also, for the last two years,[ when? ] Thomson has been coaching at the Scottish Football Association's Performance School at Braidhurst High School in Motherwell. [13]

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