Andrew "Andy" Thomson (born
Motherwell, 1 April 1971) is a former Scottish professional
over 600 matches and scored over 200 goals in a career that saw him
play for Queen of the South,
Partick Thistle and Falkirk in Scotland and for Southend United, Oxford United, Gillingham and Queens Park Rangers in England.
Queen of the South (1st spell)
signed on 28 July 1989 for Dumfries club
Queen of the South from
Motherwell boys' club Jerviston FC
as an 18 year old. As he became more experienced the goals
started to flow and never stopped in his five seasons at Palmerston Park.
Arguably his finest achievement with Queens
was the 1990-91 Scottish League
run to the quarter finals. Queens knocked out higher
division opponents (Dundee and Dunferlmine Athletic) before being
eliminated by a late goal away to Celtic.
Thomson's record in his first spell was 109 goals in 164 games. In
1993-94 he was Queens Player of the Year and also awarded the
Scottish Second Division
award, as he had been 2 seasons before, as well as being the
country's top scorer.
offered £150,000 for Thomson
but this was rejected. Southend
offered £250,000 and a deal was struck that led to
Thomson leaving for Essex
England on 4 July 1994. As well as being the record fee paid at the
time by Southend, this still remains the highest fee received by
Andy Thomson returned to Palmerston Park to play for a Queen of the
South select on 23rd April 1995
. The opposition in the 2-2 draw was Rangers in a
game to mark Queens' 75th anniversary and the opening of the new
stand. Other guests for Queens included Ted
, Davie Irons
and Rowan Alexander
Southend United and Oxford United
As well as four seasons at Southend Thomson also spent one season
at Oxford United
Andy Thomson signed for Gillingham
on 5th August
1999 for £25,000 just
before the season kicked off. This was later described by manager
Peter Taylor as the best £25,000 he ever spent.
28th May 2000 Thomson
scored the winning goal for Gillingham in the Football League Second
Division play-off final at Wembley Stadium.
Thomson had come on as an extra time
substitute in the 97th minute of the game. Thomson scored with two
minutes of play left on the clock. Following Ty Gooden
's centre from the right, the diving
Thomson stole in front of Stuart
to glance the ball into the far corner of the net. The
goal was reminiscent of Keith
's cup final goal for Coventry
. The 3-2 win against Wigan Athletic ensured the Kent club's first
ever promotion to the second tier of English football.
club's website described the goals as, "The most iconic moment in
the long history of Gillingham F.C. encapsulated in a few moments
of extra time football".Andy Thomson became the second former Queen
of the South player to win a Wembley play off final after Ted McMinn
Thomson also scored 4 goals in Gillingham's 1999–00 FA Cup
run, against Cheltenham, Walsall, Bradford
City and Sheffield Wednesday. The Gills were knocked out of the cup in the
quarter-final - the first time they had ever reached this far - at
Bridge, where they lost 5-0 to Chelsea.
Queens Park Rangers
From Gillingham Thomson went to Queens Park Rangers
22nd March 2001
Thomson left to return to Scotland 10th
Back to Scotland
returned to Scotland and played
for Falkirk, Partick Thistle and then moved back to
Queen of the South.
As Thomson was to say on his return to
Queens, "Things have changed quite a bit while I've been away - a
new stand, a completely new set-up and a more modern type of
training system". Thomson added, "Norman
was an excellent chairman."
From Queens Andy Thomson then went to Stenhousemuir
. Troubled by injuries
Thomson's retirement from playing was announced in the press on
18th March 2008