Peter Thompson: One Great Footballer in England Football Shirt

Once stellar figure of Liverpool and England national football team Peter Thompson passed away at the age of 76. During the fruitful reign of  Bill Shankly and in the middle of the 1960s and the early 1970s, he reached his football career peak.

Ahead of being forced to leave Liverpool for injuries in 1974, he was a critical footballer in the first ever FA Cup victory in 1965. Considering his overall ability and strength, he was taken as the greatest football player at Anfield. As a very diligent footballer on the left wing, Thompson’s pre-eminent performances in dribbling and controlling pace tortured numerous defenders over the years.

It is reasons that then England manager Alf Ramsey’s prejudice in operating without wingers and not excellent performances at outside left held back him growing into an international football player. Although he had won international caps two times, but each time his team failed to reach the final. From 1964 to 1970, he played some modest football matches for the England national football team.

He was born in Carlisle. Peter was regarded as the most excellent schoolboy star in the late 1950s. After participating Harrby secondary school in Carlisle, it’s obvious that he would have been a professional football player later.

The First Division Preston North End signed him in 1959, and he became a regular aged 17 as a substitute for Tom Finney. He played 121 league matches in three years, establishing himself as the top scorer in 1960-61. Then Liverpool signed him for £37,000 transfer fee in 1963.

When he signed contract with Liverpool, many football fans throned around outside the ground. Manager Shankly said all those fans were waiting to see Peter. After having been promoted to the First Division, Liverpool was capable of winning the championship prior to Manchester United.

In the first seven years with Liverpool, Thompson almost played all league fixtures except for 10 of them. In the following seasons with Liverpool, he was still a go-to person at the time of rebuilding the team by then manager Shanklly.

In 1972-73 season, also the last but one managerial season, Liverpool cultivated most young talented footballers like Toshack and Kevin Keegan. With co-performances of those talents, Liverpool won the title once again while Peter’s severe knee injuries didn’t allow him playing during the campaign. Then he determined to move to Bolton for his ailing body.

As of the first appearance for Liverpool in January 1972, Peter had played 416 fixtures in all football playing career with Liverpool, winning 54 goals for the club. But the relations between him and Shankly got tensioned for his serious injuries. In spite all private factors, the manager admired him very much in work rate and his balance in pitches.

Bolton was promoted to the First Division in 1978. Thompson played 126 football matches for the club and decided to end the football playing career aged 35. The biggest regret is failing to win World Cup donning England football shirt.

After the end of his football playing career, he ran a caravan park in the vicinity of Lancashire for a long term. Then he transferred to hotel trade.