- Alan Thompson (footballer)
Football player infobox
playername = Alan Thompson
fullname = Alan Thompson
height = height|ft=6|in=0
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1973|12|22|df=y
Newcastle upon Tyne
currentclub = Newcastle United (Academy Coach)
youthyears = 1989–1991
youthclubs = Newcastle United
years = 1991–1993
clubs = Newcastle United
→ Leeds United (loan)
→ Hartlepool United (loan)
caps(goals) = 016 0(0)
nationalyears = 2004
nationalteam = England
nationalcaps(goals) = 001 0(0)
pcupdate = 11:38, 28 May 2008 (UTC)
ntupdate = 12:00, 12 January 2007 (UTC)
Alan Thompson (born
22 December 1973in Newcastle upon Tyne) is an English former professional footballer who is now an academy coach for his hometown and former team, Newcastle United. Throughout his career, he made 550 appearances at 6 different clubs. He plays in midfield and has been capped once by England, against Sweden in 2004.
Thompson started his career at Newcastle United, his hometown club and the team he supported as a child. He moved to Bolton Wanderers in 1993. He scored for Bolton at Wembley in the 1995 League Cup Final in a 2–1 defeat to Liverpool and was part of their promotion teams of 1995 and 1997 becoming a huge crowd favourite in the process. He moved to Aston Villa in 1998, before moving to Celtic in 2000 for £2.75 million during manager
Martin O'Neill's first season at the club.
Thompson scored the only goal in the 2005
Scottish Cupfinal for Celtic against Dundee United to give the outgoing O'Neill his seventh trophy whilst in charge of the club. He also scored the winning goal against Rangers in two separate Old Firm derby matches and seven against Rangers in all. He had mixed fortunes in Old Firm games, however, being sent off three times.
Under Celtic manager
Gordon Strachan, Thompson went out of favour and found very limited first team opportunities, often not even securing a place on the substitutes' bench. On 12 January 2007, Thompson secured a loan move to Championship side Leeds United until the end of the 2006–07 season in a bid to play first-team football.
20 January, 2007Thompson made his debut for Leeds against West Bromwich Albion and scored in a 3–2 defeat. In his next game he scored a trademark free kick; the winning goal against Hull City in a 2–1 victory. Thompson left Leeds at the end of the 2006–07 season after his loan period and Celtic contract ended. His agent commented "He was very happy at Leeds, and there's a chance he could go back there."cite web |url=http://home.skysports.com/list.aspx?hlid=472943&CPID=11&clid=2&lid=5&title=Thompson+open+to+Leeds+stay&channel=& |title=Thompson open to Leeds stay |accessdate=2007-06-21 |date=2007-06-20 |publisher=SkySports.com] .
Thompson signed a one-year contract with Leeds on
9 August 2007. He was made club captain for the 2007-08 season, their first in League One [cite web |url=http://www.leedsunited.com/page/NewsroomDetail/0,,10273~1085581,00.html |title=Let's Get Busy |accessdate=2007-08-07 |date=2007-08-06 |publisher=LeedsUnited.com] He scored from a free kick against Southend United in the first home league game of the season.
Thompson was made acting assistant manager after the departure of
Gus Poyet, [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/t/tottenham_hotspur/7064558.stm |title=Spurs Pick Poyet To Assist Ramos |accessdate=2007-10-29 |date=2007-10-29 |publisher=bbc.co.uk] but returned to his playing role upon the arrival of Dave Bassett. In January 2008 he joined another League One side, Hartlepool United, on a one-month loan deal. [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/hartlepool_united/7202707.stm |title=Pools agree Thompson loan switch |accessdate=2008-01-22 |date=2008-01-22 |publisher=BBC] He spent a spell out of the side injured, before returning to feature in the squad for Leeds' play-off campaign, although he did not play. He retired at the end of the season, at the age of 34.
Thompson ended his playing career on
28 May, 2008after 17 years as a professional. He had this to say: "I've had a good career but I've decided to call it a day. I'll take a bit of time out but I'd like to stay in the game. The high point was playing for England [against Sweden in 2004] but I've got plenty of good memories." [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leeds_united/7423098.stm |title= Thompson finishes playing career |accessdate=2008-05-28 |date=2008-05-28 |publisher=BBC]
16 July, 2008 Thompson was appointed new academy coach at Newcastle United. It was his former boss Kevin Keeganthat handed him the role of looking after the clubs young talents. [cite web |url=http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2008/07/29/alan-thompson-delighted-at-academy-role-72703-21423194/ |title= Alan Thompson delighted at academy role |accessdate=2008-07-31 |date=2008-07-29 |publisher=chroniclelive.co.uk]
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