Born on the 2nd October 1885 in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland. Francis William Thompson was an Outside left football player and Manager.

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Frank made his name at amateur lever with Cliftonville in 1905/06 season, winning three amateur caps between 1906/10. He was very successful with Cliftonville being Irish League Champions in 1909/10, Irish Cup Winners 1908/09 and runner up 1909/10

In 1910 he turned professional and signed for Linfield, he only spent 6 months at Windsor Park before leaving for England signing for Bradford City. He left Linfield champions of the Irish League in 1910/11.

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Signing for Bradford in January 1911, Frank was part of the FA Cup winning side of 1910/11, he scored 2 goals on the way to the final. The final was played at Selhurst Park against Newcastle who were the reigning cup holders. The match ended 0-0 and a replay was held at Old Trafford. Thompson set up the captain Jimmy Speirs to score the only goal in a 1-0 win. This would be their only ever cup win.

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Having spent 2 years at Valley Parade, Frank was on the move again this time north of the border to join Scottish 1st Division Side Clyde signing in May 1913. There would be a 21 year association with Clyde, as a player from 1913 – 1924, he took over as manager 1922 until 1934. Clyde had hit a sticky patch in his time there but Frank managed to avoid relegation and kept the team in the top flight until he left the club in 1934.

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Franks next managerial appointment was to come at Somerset Park, Ayr. Joining in the January of 1935 he narrowly avoided relegation in his 1st season but couldn’t stop them from dropping down to Division 2 the following year. Ayr would bounce straight back as Division 2 champions and would continue to make steady progress. Unfortunately suspension of the Scottish league due to the outbreak of World War 2. Ayr temporary folded and Thompson was out of a job.

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Frank returned to Northern Ireland and became the manager of Glentoran in December 1945, a position he held until 1947.

He then returned to Ayr where he passed away on the 4th October 1950.

He represented Ireland 12 times scoring twice.

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Frank Thompson, Master Mason, Lodge Union No.332

Initiated 9th March 1914

Passed 7th April 1914

Raised 27th April 1914

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