Laurie Thomson
Laurie Thomson
Laurie Thomson
● Laurie Thomson,1966 (MAR)

born in Scotland

Laurie Thomson was born on Wednesday, 26th August, 1936, in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire.

The 5' 10 (10st 7lbs) forward signed for David Meiklejohn's Thistle on Thursday, 24th March, 1955, having most recently been with Bo'ness United.

Aged 19, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 4th February, 1956, in a 2-0 win at home to Alloa Athletic in the Scottish Cup.

Laurie scored his first goal for Thistle on Saturday, 5th May, 1956, in a 4-1 friendly win away to Elgin City.

He scored the last of his 5 goals on Saturday, 31st October, 1959, in a 3-3 draw away to Dunfermline Athletic in the SFL First Division.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 14th November, 1959, in a 5-0 defeat at home to Dundee in the SFL First Division, having appeared as a Jag on 22 occasions.

His club-list included Sauchie Juveniles, Bo'ness United, Partick Thistle, Carlisle United, St Johnstone, Alloa Athletic, Ashford Town, Margate, Folkestone, Hastings United, Canterbury City and Tartan Rangers Amateurs.

Laurie died on Friday, 10th March, 2006, in Toronto, Ontario, aged 69.

Bio Extra

Laurie didn’t get that many first team outings during his time at Firhill, but he did play in the 5-1 defeat by Hearts in the 1959 Scottish League Cup Final at Hampden. His brother Bobby was also a Jags player for a while when Laurie played for Thistle. After spells at Carlisle United, St Johnstone and Alloa, Laurie found his niche in English non-league (Southern League) sides. From 1964 to 1968 Laurie played 90 games and scored 26 goals for Margate. He was a big favourite of the Margate support, and emigrated to Canada in September 1977. In a question and answer session for the Margate FC history site, Laurie said that the League Cup Final appearance against Hearts was the highlight of his career, playing in front of 80,000 fans (official attendance was 59,960). The best player he played with during his career was Johnny MacKenzie of Thistle, and his favourite manager was David Meiklejohn. Laurie lived in Toronto, and died suddenly of a heart attack there on 10 March 2006.


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