Tommy Thompson (footballer, born 1928)

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Tommy Thompson
Personal information
Full nameThomas Thompson [1]
Date of birth(1928-11-10)10 November 1928
Place of birth Fencehouses, Houghton-le-Spring, England
Date of death 15 September 2015(2015-09-15) (aged 86)
Position(s) Inside forward
Senior career*
1947–1950 Newcastle United 20 (6)
1950–1955 Aston Villa 149 (67)
1955–1961 Preston North End 188 (117)
1961–1963 Stoke City 42 (18)
1963–1964 Barrow 44 (16)
National team
1951–1957 England 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Thomas Thompson (10 November 1928 – 15 September 2015) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Barrow, Newcastle United, Preston North End and Stoke City as well as the England national team. [1]



Thompson was born in Fencehouses, Houghton-le-Spring in 1928 [1] and began his career with Newcastle United, making 20 appearances for the club scoring six goals. [2] When manager George Martin left St James' Park in 1950 he took Thompson with him for the price of £12,500. He made his debut against Blackpool in September of that year. Thompson went on to make 165 first team games for Villa scoring 76 goals including three hat-tricks. [3]

Thompson was sold to Preston North End in August 1955 for £27,000. At Deepdale, Thompson scored within the first two minutes on his debut during a 4–0 win against Everton. It set the tone for his six-season spell with the "Lillywhites" as Thompson began a very prolific goalscorer linking up well with Tom Finney. He scored 24 in 1955–56, 29 in 1956–57, and career best of 34 in 1957–58. He ended his Preston career with 126 goals in 209 matches.

He joined Stoke City in August 1961 and scored on his debut against Rotherham United. [1] Despite being 34 years old Thompson retained his trademark eye of goal and top scored for the "Potters" in 1961–62 with 17 goals. [1] He left his place in the side in 1961–62 and he joined Fourth Division Barrow where he scored 18 goals in 47 matches before retiring. [1] He died at the age of 86 on 15 September 2015. [4]

International career

He acquired his first cap against Wales during the 1951–52 season. He won his second cap in April 1957. [5]

Career statistics


Source: [6]

ClubSeasonDivisionLeagueFA CupLeague CupTotal
Newcastle United 1947–48 Second Division 420042
1948–49 First Division 10100101
1949–50 First Division630063
Aston Villa 1950–51 First Division3110213311
1951–52 First Division3613103713
1952–53 First Division229522711
1953–54 First Division3421103521
1954–55 First Division2614763320
Preston North End 1955–56 First Division4223114324
1956–57 First Division3826534329
1957–58 First Division4134104234
1958–59 First Division3419523921
1959–60 First Division2112622714
1960–61 First Division1322242196
Stoke City 1961–62 Second Division 371631104117
1962–63 Second Division51000051
Barrow 1962–63 Fourth Division 1660000166
1963–64 Fourth Division281021113112
Career Total444222412163491246


Source: [7]

National teamYearAppsGoals
England 195110

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