Monday, 18 March 2013

RIP Harry Thomson 1940-2013

Former Burnley, Blackpool and Barrow goalkeeper Harry Thomson has died at the age of 72 after suffering from throat cancer.

Born in Edinburgh in 1940, he joined the Clarets from Scottish junior side Bo’ness United in 1959 and went on to make 117 appearances for the Turf Moor side.

Throughout his stay at Burnley he was mainly understudy to the great Adam Blacklaw. However, he will be best remembered for his magnificent performance and penalty save away at SSC Napoli in the third round of the European Fairs Cup.

The Daily Express said of his performance: "Harry Thomson was a God in a green jersey under a cloudy Mediterranean sky. Burnley's little Scot had one of those goalkeeping hours when the impossible seems to have happened not once but frequently

"Burnley survived the most one sided match I have ever seen and throughout it Thomson was brave, brilliant, lucky and as 60,000 open mouthed Neapolitan fans will confirm sometimes fantastico."

He left for Blackpool in 1969 and went on to Barrow, then a Football League club, where he finished his career in 1972.

Burnley will wear black armbands on Sunday to mark Thomson's passing.

My deepest sympathies go out to his wife and family at this sad time.

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