23 January 2008

James Thompson

Name: James Neill Thompson
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Position: Goalkeeper

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1897); Irish League: 1 Cap (1895).
Club Honours: (with Distillery) Irish League Champion 1895/96, 1898/99; Irish Cup Winner 1893/94, 1895/96; Charity Cup Winner 1899/00; Co. Antrim Shield Winner 1892/93, 1895/96, 1896/97, 1899/00.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Distillery
92/93-99/00
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*146/0
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TOTALS
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£-
146/0
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* all games

Biography:
Distillery’s multi-trophy winning goalkeeper throughout the 1890s, Jimmy Thompson made his debut on 17 December 1892 and proved a remarkably consistent custodian. He was an ever-present for the Whites in 1895/96, 1896/97 and 1897/98 and as well as winning nine major honours, he finished a runner-up in the City Cup once, the Charity Cup three times and the Co. Antrim Shield once.

Capped for the only time at Ibrox in March 1897, Thompson was held responsible for Scotland’s opener as he let the ball squirm through his hands and legs and into the net as the Scots went on to record an easy 5-1 victory. Thompson’s only inter-League appearance was also against the Scots, in a 4-1 defeat at Grosvenor Park in February 1895.

Legend surrounds an appearance by Thompson against Glentoran. The match was held in thick fog and the referee decided to abandon play – nobody however told Thompson, and it was a full 15 minutes after they had returned to the pavilion that his Distillery teammates realised their ‘keeper was still on the pitch.

Ireland Cap Details:
27-03-1897 Scotland A L 1-5 BC

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

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