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Chelsea FC Profile: Bob Thomson

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Full Name: Robert John James Thomson

Born: Monday, 29th December 1890
Place of birth: Croydon, Surrey, England
Height: 5' 6"
Died: Saturday, 9th January 1971 (aged 80)
Place of death: South Norwood, Surrey, England
Burial: Cremated - Croydon Cemetorium. Commemorated in Book of Remembrance. No known memorial.

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1911 to 1922

Playing Career:

Croydon Common
Chelsea (Sep 1911 to Mar 1922) - cost: unknown
Charlton Athletic

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 21st October 1911, Burnley 2 - 2 Chelsea

Age on debut: 20 years 9 months 22 days

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Saturday, 7th May 1921, Chelsea 1 - 2 Blackburn Rovers


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1911 / 12 21200023
1912 / 13 10000010
1913 / 14 900009
1914 / 15 30800038
1920 / 21 13200015


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1911 / 12 800008
1912 / 13 100001
1913 / 14 100001
1914 / 15 13500018
1920 / 21 200002

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Bob Thomson made 95 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League21st Oct 1911Burnley22Chelsea12,000 match drawn
League28th Oct 1911Clapton Orient14Chelsea25,000 match won
League4th Nov 1911Chelsea22Bristol City25,000 match drawn
League11th Nov 1911Birmingham14Chelsea25,000 match won scored 2 goals
League18th Nov 1911Chelsea31Huddersfield Town5,000 match won scored 2 goals
League25th Nov 1911Blackpool10Chelsea12,000 match lost
League2nd Dec 1911Chelsea10Glossop25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League9th Dec 1911Hull City10Chelsea14,000 match lost
League16th Dec 1911Chelsea21Barnsley20,000 match won
League23rd Dec 1911Bradford Park Avenue11Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League25th Dec 1911Fulham01Chelsea40,000 match won
League26th Dec 1911Chelsea10Fulham41,761 match won
League30th Dec 1911Stockport County01Chelsea7,000 match won
League6th Jan 1912Chelsea42Leeds City10,000 match won scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup13th Jan 1912Chelsea10Sheffield United34,400 match won
League20th Jan 1912Wolverhampton Wanderers31Chelsea9,000 match lost
League27th Jan 1912Chelsea21Leicester Fosse27,000 match won
F.A. Cup3rd Feb 1912Bradford City20Chelsea21,070 match lost
League10th Feb 1912Chelsea41Grimsby Town25,000 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Feb 1912Nottingham Forest23Chelsea9,000 match won
League24th Feb 1912Chelsea02Burnley30,000 match lost
League13th Apr 1912Chelsea10Hull City35,000 match won
League22nd Apr 1912Chelsea41Blackpool27,000 match won scored 1 goal
League2nd Sep 1912Aston Villa10Chelsea28,000 match lost
League7th Sep 1912Bolton Wanderers10Chelsea21,666 match lost
League9th Sep 1912Chelsea12Liverpool25,000 match lost
League9th Nov 1912Everton10Chelsea20,000 match lost
League16th Nov 1912Chelsea04The Wednesday27,000 match lost
League23rd Nov 1912Blackburn Rovers11Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League30th Nov 1912Chelsea31Derby County30,000 match won
League7th Dec 1912Tottenham Hotspur10Chelsea36,771 match lost
League14th Dec 1912Chelsea23Middlesbrough35,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League26th Dec 1912Manchester United42Chelsea25,000 match lost
League7th Feb 1914Preston North End33Chelsea25,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
League11th Feb 1914Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League14th Feb 1914Chelsea01Newcastle United40,000 match lost
League28th Feb 1914Chelsea03Aston Villa58,000 match lost
League18th Mar 1914Liverpool30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League21st Mar 1914Derby County01Chelsea10,000 match won
League4th Apr 1914Bradford City00Chelsea10,000 match drawn
League14th Apr 1914West Bromwich Albion31Chelsea16,479 match lost
League18th Apr 1914Sunderland20Chelsea15,000 match lost
League9th Sep 1914Bradford City22Chelsea14,000 match drawn
League19th Sep 1914Middlesbrough30Chelsea12,000 match lost
League26th Sep 1914Chelsea11Sheffield United25,000 match drawn
League10th Oct 1914Chelsea31Liverpool20,000 match won scored 1 goal
League17th Oct 1914Bradford Park Avenue30Chelsea20,000 match lost
League24th Oct 1914Chelsea22Oldham Athletic20,000 match drawn
League31st Oct 1914Manchester United22Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League7th Nov 1914Chelsea21Bolton Wanderers24,000 match won
League14th Nov 1914Blackburn Rovers32Chelsea21,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League21st Nov 1914Chelsea41Notts County16,000 match won scored 2 goals
League28th Nov 1914Sunderland21Chelsea6,000 match lost
League5th Dec 1914Chelsea00The Wednesday15,000 match drawn
League12th Dec 1914West Bromwich Albion20Chelsea6,421 match lost
League19th Dec 1914Chelsea20Everton18,000 match won
League25th Dec 1914Chelsea00Manchester City20,000 match drawn
League26th Dec 1914Manchester City21Chelsea26,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League2nd Jan 1915Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur30,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup9th Jan 1915Swindon Town11Chelsea28,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup16th Jan 1915Chelsea52Swindon Town18,610 match won scored 2 goals
League23rd Jan 1915Chelsea22Middlesbrough7,500 match drawn
F.A. Cup30th Jan 1915Chelsea10Arsenal40,372 match won
League6th Feb 1915Chelsea31Aston Villa15,000 match won scored 1 goal
League13th Feb 1915Liverpool33Chelsea14,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup20th Feb 1915Manchester City01Chelsea39,000 match won scored 1 goal
League27th Feb 1915Oldham Athletic00Chelsea6,000 match drawn
League1st Mar 1915Chelsea01Bradford Park Avenue19,000 match lost
F.A. Cup6th Mar 1915Chelsea11Newcastle United58,760 match drawn scored 1 goal
League8th Mar 1915Sheffield United11Chelsea14,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup13th Mar 1915Newcastle United01Chelsea49,827 match won
League17th Mar 1915Newcastle United20Chelsea5,000 match lost
League20th Mar 1915Chelsea13Blackburn Rovers22,000 match lost scored 1 goal
F.A. Cup27th Mar 1915Everton02Chelsea22,000 match won
League2nd Apr 1915Chelsea20Bradford City24,000 match won
League3rd Apr 1915Chelsea30Sunderland20,000 match won scored 2 goals
League5th Apr 1915Burnley20Chelsea10,000 match lost
League10th Apr 1915The Wednesday32Chelsea18,000 match lost scored 1 goal
League14th Apr 1915Bolton Wanderers31Chelsea10,000 match lost
F.A. Cup24th Apr 1915Sheffield United30Chelsea49,557 match lost
League27th Nov 1920Sheffield United01Chelsea15,000 match won
League27th Dec 1920Liverpool21Chelsea50,000 match lost
League9th Feb 1921Newcastle United10Chelsea40,000 match lost
League12th Feb 1921Chelsea30West Bromwich Albion42,000 match won scored 1 goal
League26th Feb 1921Chelsea01Everton44,000 match lost
F.A. Cup28th Feb 1921Plymouth Argyle12Chelsea26,007 match won
F.A. Cup5th Mar 1921Cardiff City10Chelsea45,000 match lost
League14th Mar 1921West Bromwich Albion11Chelsea15,000 match drawn
League26th Mar 1921Bradford City11Chelsea28,000 match drawn
League29th Mar 1921Chelsea51Aston Villa25,000 match won
League2nd Apr 1921Chelsea31Bradford City38,500 match won scored 1 goal
League6th Apr 1921Everton51Chelsea25,000 match lost
League23rd Apr 1921Middlesbrough00Chelsea20,000 match drawn
League2nd May 1921Blackburn Rovers00Chelsea8,000 match drawn
League7th May 1921Chelsea12Blackburn Rovers20,000 match lost

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1911 / 12 2
1912 / 13 2
1913 / 14 1
1914 / 15 4
1920 / 21 1

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals

1912 / 13 2
1913 / 14 1
1914 / 15 1

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Bob Thomson made 10 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
London Prof. Charity Fund4th Sep 1911Chelsea22Woolwich Arsenal6,000 match drawn
London Prof. Charity Fund30th Oct 1911Woolwich Arsenal10Chelsea1,500 match lost
Friendly19th Aug 1912Chelsea33Chelseaunknown match drawn scored 1 goal
Friendly24th Aug 1912Chelsea52Chelseaunknown match lost scored 1 goal
Friendly31st Jan 1914Chelsea23Fulham20,000 match lost scored 1 goal
Friendly15th Aug 1914Chelsea10Chelseaunknown match lost
Friendly17th Aug 1914Chelsea31Chelseaunknown match lost scored 1 goal
London Prof. Charity Fund14th Sep 1914Chelsea02Millwall Athletic3,000 match lost
London Challenge Cup21st Sep 1914Queens Park Rangers10Chelsea1,000 match lost
Friendly19th Aug 1920Chelsea12Chelsea17,000 match won

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances
1911 / 12 4
1912 / 13 1
1913 / 14 8
1914 / 15 3
1919 / 20 12
1920 / 21 9
1921 / 22 8

Non-First-Team Goals

1911 / 12 1
1913 / 14 3
1914 / 15 1
1919 / 20 5
1920 / 21 6

Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Bob Thomson made 45 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
Reserve League11th Sep 1911Luton Town12Chelseaunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League16th Sep 1911West Ham United01Chelseaunknown match won
Reserve League25th Sep 1911Leyton11Chelseaunknown match drawn
Middlesex Professional Reserve Cup9th Oct 1911Tottenham Hotspur11Chelsea2,300 match drawn
Reserve League8th Feb 1913Chelsea20Woolwich Arsenalunknown match won
Reserve League20th Dec 1913Chelsea10Gillinghamunknown match won
Reserve League3rd Jan 1914Peterborough City22Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League17th Jan 1914Chelsea02Fulhamunknown match lost
Reserve League24th Jan 1914Croydon Common20Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League21st Feb 1914Gillingham12Chelsea1,500 match won
Reserve League7th Mar 1914Chelsea52Brentfordunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League14th Mar 1914Southampton23Chelseaunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League30th Mar 1914Chelsea21Leicester Fosse2,000 match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League1st Sep 1914Chelsea23Bristol City2,000 match lost scored 1 goal
Reserve League5th Sep 1914Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspurunknown match drawn
Reserve League12th Sep 1914Brighton And Hove Albion32Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League30th Aug 1919Tottenham Hotspur11Chelseaunknown match drawn
Reserve League25th Sep 1919Chelsea30Clapton Orientunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League11th Oct 1919Millwall02Chelsea5,000 match won
Reserve League16th Oct 1919Chelsea20Brentfordunknown match won scored 1 goal
Reserve League25th Oct 1919Chelsea10Fulhamunknown match won
Reserve League6th Nov 1919Chelsea13Tottenham Hotspur3,000 match lost
Reserve League8th Mar 1920Chelsea13Clapton Orientunknown match lost
Reserve League25th Mar 1920Chelsea11Brentfordunknown match drawn
Reserve League5th Apr 1920Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspurunknown match drawn
Reserve League8th Apr 1920Chelsea12Fulhamunknown match lost
Reserve League12th Apr 1920Brentford13Chelseaunknown match won scored 3 goals
Reserve League15th Apr 1920Chelsea11Millwallunknown match drawn
Reserve League18th Sep 1920Queens Park Rangers52Chelsea3,000 match lost scored 2 goals
Reserve League27th Sep 1920Chelsea00Millwall3,000 match drawn
Friendly4th Oct 1920Brentford12Chelsea1,000 match won scored 2 goals
Reserve League7th Oct 1920Chelsea01Queens Park Rangersunknown match lost
Reserve League28th Oct 1920Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur8,000 match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League30th Oct 1920Chelsea31Brentfordunknown match won
Reserve League9th Dec 1920Chelsea11Clapton Orientunknown match drawn scored 1 goal
Reserve League16th Dec 1920Fulham20Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League1st Jan 1921Chelsea30Millwallunknown match won
Reserve League8th Sep 1921Clapton Orient10Chelseaunknown match lost
Reserve League15th Sep 1921Chelsea21Tottenham Hotspur5,000 match won
Reserve League24th Sep 1921Charlton Athletic00Chelsea1,000 match drawn
Reserve League13th Oct 1921Chelsea11West Ham Unitedunknown match drawn
Reserve League19th Jan 1922Chelsea12Millwallunknown match lost
Reserve League2nd Feb 1922Chelsea41Fulhamunknown match won
Reserve League4th Feb 1922Chelsea00Arsenalunknown match drawn
Reserve League11th Feb 1922Brentford11Chelseaunknown match drawn

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Chelsea FC Player Bob Thomson

Games Won: 34
Win Percentage: 35.79%
Total Bookings: 0
Times Sent Off: 0


During his Chelsea first-team career of 95 appearances, Bob Thomson played alongside the following 59 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Lawrence Abram (29)
James Ashford (3)
Fred Barrett (2)
Wally Bettridge (65)
Ron Brebner (6)
Billy Bridgeman (34)
Harold Brittan (6)
Billy Brown (1)
John Brown (2)
Robert Buchanan (3)
David Calderhead (Jnr) (9)
David Cameron (10)
Jack Cameron (26)
Bill Cartwright (1)
Jack Cock (7)
Jimmy Croal (38)
George Dale (1)
Bill Dickie (2)
George Dodd (22)
Angus Douglas (24)
Sam Downing (27)
Norrie Fairgray (6)
Ted Ferguson (1)
Jim Ferris (8)
Harry Ford (60)
Charlie Freeman (26)
Harold Halse (36)
Colin Hampton (3)
Jack Harrow (57)
Tom Hewitt (8)
George Hunter (2)
George Johnson (2)
George Lake (1)
Joe Langton (1)
John Lee (2)
Fred Linfoot (5)
Tommy Logan (41)
Alexander MacFarlane (1)
Owen Marshall (13)
Ken McKenzie (1)
Bobby McNeil (49)
Tommy Meehan (11)
Nils Middelboe (9)
James Molyneux (63)
Andrew Ormiston (30)
John Priestley (1)
William Read (4)
Buchanan Sharp (2)
Jimmy Sharp (20)
Frederick Taylor (68)
Jimmy Turnbull (1)
Andy Walker (15)
Joe Ward (2)
Ben Warren (2)
Jack Whitley (23)
Bob Whittingham (27)
Harry Wilding (14)
Vivian Woodward (16)
Max Woosnam (1)