David Thompson (footballer, born 1977)

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David Thompson
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Thompson playing in a friendly in 2017
Personal information
Full name David Anthony Thompson
Date of birth (1977-09-12) 12 September 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Birkenhead, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1993–1996 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Liverpool 48 (5)
1997–1998 Swindon Town (loan) 10 (0)
2000–2002 Coventry City 66 (15)
2002–2006 Blackburn Rovers 64 (5)
2006 Wigan Athletic 10 (2)
2006–2007 Portsmouth 12 (0)
2007 Bolton Wanderers 8 (0)
Total 218 (27)
National team
1997–1999 England U21 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Anthony Thompson (born 12 September 1977) is an English football pundit, and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

During his career Thompson played for Liverpool, Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Portsmouth and Bolton Wanderers. Overall, he made well over 200 senior league appearances until a persistent injury forced his early retirement in late 2007.



Born in Birkenhead, Merseyside, Thompson's Liverpool debut came on 19 August 1996, as an 87th-minute substitute in a 2–0 victory against Arsenal. He only played one more game before being loaned to Swindon Town for two and a half months in November 1997. His good form at Swindon led him to be selected more frequently for Liverpool, these performances paying off as he scored the winning goal against Crystal Palace later in the season. His 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons were steady, and the 1999–00 season would see him back into the team on a regular basis.

Coventry City

In the summer of 2000 he moved to Coventry City, his first game a 3–1 defeat to Middlesbrough in which he was sent off in the 71st minute. Coventry were relegated during the 2000–01 season, and he sought a move back to the Premiership. However, he stayed at Coventry throughout the 2001–02 season.

Blackburn Rovers

In August 2002 Blackburn Rovers signed Thompson for £1.5 million. His rise in division as well as form gave him international recognition, as Sven-Göran Eriksson named him in the England squads against Slovakia and Macedonia.,[1] though ultimately he was never capped for the senior side.

Thompson became prone to injury, a cartilage problem and further surgery in 2003–04 led him to suffer a breakdown in form. His recovery was aided by visits to the Bayern Munich doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.[2]

Wigan, Portsmouth & Bolton Wanderers

Injuries and subsequent failure to return to form meant that Blackburn allowed him to leave on a free transfer to Wigan Athletic on 19 January 2006. After just ten appearances Wigan, too, released him in May 2006. On 28 July, he signed for Portsmouth on a one-year contract.

He voiced his unhappiness at not featuring more in the Portsmouth first team, and Bolton Wanderers signed him just two hours before the transfer window shut on 31 January 2007 on a short-term deal. Thompson made his debut for Bolton as a substitute in the 2–1 victory against Fulham on 11 February, and subsequently made his first start for the club against his former employer Wigan Athletic on 7 April. He played six more matches for the rest of the 2006–07 season before being released by Bolton in May 2007.

In November 2007 he started a trial with Sheffield United.[3]

On 28 November 2007, he announced his retirement as a result of the chronic cartilage problem in his knee – an injury that first appeared whilst at Blackburn.


Thompson works for BBC Radio Merseyside as a football pundit.


  1. ^ "Eriksson defends Bowyer omission". BBC. 8 October 2002. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  2. ^ My debt to healing Hans Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Thompson has trial with Sheff Utd

External links

  • David Thompson at Soccerbase
  • BBC profile
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