Peter Thompson (1942-2018)

  • December 31, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Peter Thompson has passed away at the age of 76.

Born on November 27, 1942, Thompson joined Wanderers in an £18,000 move from Liverpool in December 1973 and made his debut in a 1-0 victory over Sunderland later that month.

Thompson would go on to make a total of 132 appearances for the Trotters, scoring twice, and was a part of Ian Greaves' squad which won promotion to the top-flight after a 14-year absence in 1978 - after which he would go on to announce his retirement.

After making his senior debut for Preston North End at the age of 17, Thompson would spend three years at Deepdale before relegation resulted in him completing a £37,000 switch to Liverpool.

It was at Anfield where he would become a legendary figure, though, playing all 42 league games in his debut campaign as the Reds were crowed champions of England.

Further silverware was to follow, with another Division One title in 1965/66 added to a list of accomplishments which includes an FA Cup winners' medal (1965), Charity Shield (1964 (shared), 1965 and 1966), as well as runners-up medals in the FA Cup (1971), European Cup Winners' Cup (1966) and the old First Division (1968/69).

He made his international debut for England in a 4-3 victory over Portugal in May 1964 and would win a total of 16 caps, the last of which came in a goalless draw with Scotland in April 1970.

Thompson is understood to have passed away suddenly over the course of the weekend.

Everybody at Burnden Aces and the extended Bolton Wanderers family would like to send their condolences to Peter's family at this difficult time.

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