Joe Thompson (footballer)

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Joe Thompson
Personal information
Full name Joseph Thompson[1]
Date of birth (1989-03-05) 5 March 1989 (age 29)[2]
Place of birth Bath, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rochdale
Number 15
Youth career
0000–2006 Rochdale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2012 Rochdale 143 (15)
2012–2014 Tranmere Rovers 20 (3)
2013 Rochdale (loan) 7 (0)
2014–2015 Bury 1 (0)
2014 Wrexham (loan) 0 (0)
2015 Southport (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016 Carlisle United 15 (1)
2016– Rochdale 32 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:33, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Joseph Thompson (born 5 March 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Rochdale. He has also played for Tranmere Rovers, Bury, Wrexham, Southport and Carlisle United.

Early life

Thompson was born and raised in Bath, Somerset before moving to Manchester to live with his aunt when his mother was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.[4][5]

Career

Rochdale

Thompson made his first-team debut for Rochdale in May 2006 against Carlisle United during the 2005–06 season.[6] The 2006–07 season saw him make 13 appearances and win the League Two Apprentice award.[7][8] After this achievement, manager Keith Hill hoped Thompson would continue to make progress. [9] Thompson signed his first professional contract with Rochdale on 5 July 2007.[1] The 2007–08 season saw Thompson make twelve appearances and score his first Rochdale goal on 1 January 2008, in a 3–1 win over Darlington.[10]

2008–09 was to prove Thompson's breakthrough season under the management of Keith Hill.[11] Thompson scored his first goal of the season on 25 October 2008 in a 3–1 win over Aldershot Town.[12] In his second game of the season away against Aldershot Town on 31 January 2009, Thompson scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 victory,[13] and he followed this up by scoring in the next game on 3 February 2009 in a 2–0 win over Chester City.[14] Thompson helped his club qualify for the play-offs against Gilligham, but they were to lose 2–1 on aggregate. Thompson had made thirty-three appearances during the season, scoring five times in all competitions, and was rewarded with a new one-year contract in the summer of 2009[15]

At the start of the 2009–10 season Thompson scored a goal and won a man of the match award against Port Vale.[16] A few weeks later, on 29 August 2009, Thompson scored his second goal of the season in a 3–0 win over Bury,[17] and followed up by scoring in the next game on 5 September 2009 in a 3–3 draw against Morecambe.[18] On 7 November 2009, Thompson scored a vital late brace against Luton Town in the first round of the FA Cup to take the fixture to a replay.[19] However, in the replay Luton won 2–0, eliminating Rochdale from the competition. Thompson scored a month later in a 3–1 win over Lincoln City after being sidelined for weeks following an injury.[20][21]

After another injury that kept him out for several more weeks,[22] Thompson scored two goals against Shrewsbury Town[23] and Grimsby Town.[24] Making thirty-nine appearances and scoring eight times, Thompson's performances helped Rochdale stay in League One, and he was rewarded with a new-two year deal. [25] Manchester Evening News described Thompson as the "most improved member of the squad displaying great maturity in his performances, offering defensive cover and an outlet going forward."[26]

In the 2010–11 season, Thompson started well, scoring in the first round of the League Cup in a 1–0 win against Barnsley.[27] Thompson was involved with the squad throughout the season but his playing time was reduced, spending much time on the substitute's bench. He was left out of the squad for nine matches for unknown reasons until making his return as a substitute in the 85th minute of a 2–0 loss against Hartlepool United.[28] Thompson later scored two goals against Southampton[29] and Carlisle United.[30] and went on to make thirty-three appearances, scoring three times in all competitions.

In the 2011–12 season, Thompson's appearances were reduced due to a thigh injury[31] and he was to play twenty times, scoring once against Exeter City on 14 April 2012.[32] Thompson was in the team when Rochdale lost 2–1 to Chesterfield, resulting in Rochdale's relegation.[33]

Shortly after the end of the 2011–12 season, Thompson was offered a new contract by Rochdale. [34] Having yet to reach his decision after two months,[35] Thompson featured in the pre-season friendly match against Blackburn Rovers and scored the only goal of the game.[36] However, Thompson then announced his intention to play abroad, but because he was under 24, he could not leave the club on a free transfer, and was soon linked with a move to Tranmere Rovers.[37]

Tranmere Rovers

On 3 August 2012, Thompson signed a two-year deal with League One side Tranmere Rovers after signing for an undisclosed fee from Rochdale[38] and was given a number seven shirt.[39] Upon joining Tranmere Rovers, Thompson explained his move, citing the impact of the maturity he made.[40]

Thompson made his Tranmere Rovers debut in the first round of the League Cup, playing 120 minutes in a 2–1 win over Chesterfield on 14 August 2012.[41] Thompson then made his Tranmere Rovers league debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 3–1 win over Leyton Orient.[42] However, soon after, Thompson's first team was soon limited after his injuries concerns [43][44][45] and being on the substitutes bench. Despite this, Thompson scored his first Tranmere Rovers goal on 6 October 2012, in a 1–0 win over Notts County.[46] Thompson scored his second goal of the season, in the first round of the FA Cup, in a 3–0 win over Braintree Town on 13 November 2012.[47]

Upon recovering from his injury, Thompson re-joined Rochdale on loan until the end of the season.[48] Thompson re-debut on 2 March 2013, in a 3–0 loss against Morecambe.[49] Thompson was in the first team regular at Rochdale until he was recalled by his parent club on 4 April 2013, which saw him made seven appearance on his return.[50] After being recalled by Tranmere Rovers, Thompson went on to make thirty-one appearance and scoring twice in all competitions for them.

At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Thompson started the season well when he scored twice in a 3–3 draw with Crawley Town on 10 August 2013 after being on the bench in the opening game of the season against Walsall.[51] He continued to be in the first team until he was diagnosed with nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma, a rare form of cancer. As a result, it was announced that Thompson would be out for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[52] In Tranmere Rovers' match against Preston North End, their first since Thompson's diagnosis, both sets of fans held a minute's applause in the 7th minute.[53] Tranmere were relegated to League Two at the end of the season, and Thompson was not offered a new contract. Thompson was critical of the club for the way they handled the contract negotiations during his absence, and was released by the club.[54]

Bury

On 2 August 2014, Thompson announced via his Twitter account that he had signed a one-year contract at Bury.[55] His move came after featured in the pre-season friendly matches when he went on trial.[56] Upon signing, Thompson was described by manager David Flitcroft as an "inspiration", citing his improvement of his mental strength.[57]

Thompson made his Bury debut in the first round of the League Cup, in a 3–2 loss against Bolton Wanderers.[58] However, Thompson spent most of the first half of the season on the bench due to a lack of match fitness.[59]

On 27 November 2014, it was announced that Thompson would be loaned out to Wrexham until 4 January 2015.[60] However, after making just one FA Trophy appearance for Wrexham, Thompson returned to Bury when his loan expired.[61]

On 14 February 2015, he signed for Southport on a one-month loan.[62] Thompson made his Southport debut the same day, in a 1–1 draw against Macclesfield Town.[63] After making four appearance for Southport, Thompson returned to his parent club.

On 21 April 2015, Thompson joined St Johnstone on trial. However, his trial expired after he failed to earn a contract offer from the club.[64]

At the end of the 2014–15 season, Thompson was one of four players released by Bury.[65]

Carlisle United

After an unsuccessful trial at St Johnstone, Thompson began training with Carlisle United. On 31 July 2015, Thompson signed a six-month contract with the club.[66] He was released at the end of the season.

Return to Rochdale

On 7 August 2016, Thompson rejoined Rochdale on a six-month deal.[67]

He was offered a new contract by Rochdale at the end of the 2017–18 season.[68]

Career statistics

As of match played 28 February 2018 [69]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rochdale 2005–06[70] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07[71] League Two 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2007–08[72] League Two 12 1 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 13 1
2008–09[73] League Two 30 5 1 0 0 0 4[a] 0 35 5
2009–10[74] League Two 36 6 2 2 1 0 1[a] 0 40 8
2010–11[75] League One 32 2 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 34 2
2011–12[76] League One 17 1 0 0 3 0 1[a] 0 21 1
Total 141 15 3 2 5 0 8 0 157 17
Tranmere Rovers 2012–13[77] League One 19 1 2 1 2 0 1[a] 0 24 2
2013–14[78] League One 6 2 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 8 2
Total 25 3 2 1 3 0 2 0 32 4
Rochdale (loan) 2012–13[77] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Bury 2014–15[79] League Two 1 0 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 4 0
Wrexham (loan) 2014–15[80] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 ~ ~ 1[b] 0 1 0
Southport (loan) 2014–15[79] Conference Premier 4 0 0 0 ~ ~ 0 0 4 0
Carlisle United 2015–16[81] League Two 15 1 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 17 1
Rochdale 2016–17[82] League One 21 3 2 0 2 0 2[a] 0 27 3
2017–18[83] League One 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career totals 218 22 10 3 11 0 15 0 254 25
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the FA Trophy

Personal life

On 1 November 2013 it emerged that Thompson had been diagnosed with nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and that he would immediately begin chemotherapy as treatment for the disease.[52] Mick Horton, chief executive of Tranmere Rovers, said 'Joe will get all the love and support we can give him'. The diagnosis shocked his former teammate Jack Redshaw[84] and his former manager Ronnie Moore[85] and Keith Hill.[86] On 16 June 2014, Thompson announced via his Twitter page he had completed remission and that he "Can't wait to get back out on the Football pitch".[87] He later claimed that tennis player Ross Hutchins, who successfully recovered from cancer, inspired Thompson to fight against cancer.[88]

Thompson has also studied Level Two Coaching Certificate and "achieved his BTEC National Certificate with a potential merit/distinction profile".[89] Thompson attended St Cuthberts High.[90]

Thompson became a father in September 2014 when his partner gave birth to a daughter.[40]

On 16 March 2017, Thompson announced in a statement on the Rochdale website that his cancer had returned.[91]

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External links

  • Joe Thompson at Soccerbase
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