Thompson Joins Robbie Coaching At Home Town Club

It’s always good to see former Newcastle players and local lads come back to coach at the club, once they retire.


Alan Thompson – while at Celtic

And that’s happened for two local boys this pre-season, with 34 year-old Alan Thompson now joining Robbie Elliott coaching at their home town club.

Robbie took up a position as Fitness coach recently and Alan Thompson will be coaching the impressive youngsters at the Academy, as he gains his licenses to coach at higher levels in the future.

The former Newcastle United, Celtic, Bolton and Aston Villa Villa star Thompson gets the formal position of Newcastle Academy coach.

The midfielder started his career with Newcastle back in 1991, but left the club when he was just 20 years old, when a certain Kevin Keegan had just started his first management spell at the club.

Alan played 16 times for Newcastle, but went on to play 157 times for Bolton and 158 times for Celtic, scoring exactly 37 goals at both clubs – and he gained one England cap four years ago against Sweden.

Alan made over 400 first team appearances at 6 different clubs and scored a total of 84 goals – not too shabby at all.

Alan finally decided to retire in the summer, and we’re very pleased to see the local lad back at the club.

Now we have to win that FA Youth Cup next season, to go with the times we last won it in 1985 (Gascoigne) and 1962 (Moncur, Craig).

Comments very welcome.

15 comments so far

  • mr_flibbles

    Jul 30, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #1

    We have a good coach to player ratio then.

  • Luke

    Jul 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #2

    there’s some speculation today that gazza might come to the toon for a coaching job… seems dubious i must say

  • staffsmag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Luke – it is dubious mate – it was in the sun lol 🙂

  • bowburnmag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Tomma had a lovely left foot and a good football brain. Hope he converts it well onto the coaching field. Used to train us at the School Of Excellence up at Benwell and Wallsend BC when he was YTS. Good lad and a bit daft. Made us ‘run the gauntlet’ if we messed up. Basically, the other lads would make a tunnel and you’d run through as quick as possible while the other lads booted you up the ar*e. Can’t see him doing the same at the Academy…..


    Jul 30, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    Love the idea of a big geordie coaching team, will rub off onto the players I hope

  • Beattie

    Jul 30, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    while it’s nice to see locals in the coaching setup, we run the risk of rose tinted appointments over better coaches that arent from newcastle

  • Stami

    Jul 30, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #7
  • Michael

    Jul 30, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Spurs don’t need Arshavin and he is overpriced so they are welcome to him.
    It isn’t a blow for him to join somebody else because we never had a chance of getting them.

  • ToonEskimo

    Jul 30, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #9

    At this rate they’ll be playing never mind coaching…

  • BennAllen

    Jul 30, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    thompson.. all we need now is shearer back at the club then we have the creative midfielder and striker we desperatly need haha

  • Beastie

    Jul 30, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #11

    a love it robbie ellioit, thompson would love to see other lads like beardsley, gazza, rob lee, les ferdinand and big al eventually all at the town coaching at least these we know all the above care about newcastle united

  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Jul 30, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s leave the Gazza thing alone… The guy couldn’t organise his underwear drawer, let alone coach professional players or even youngsters. He needs help, not charity.

  • eric crammy mag

    Jul 30, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #13

    what,s gan on we are signing more coaches than players . ??????

  • Nenad

    Jul 31, 2008 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Too bad he didn’t say longer as a player at Newcastle. Could have been a legend like Rob Lee or Scott Sellars…


    Jul 31, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #15

    feeling sorry for this neglected blog topic so posting a pointless little post to up the number. Let’s see if we can make it to 20


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