Posted : 8th September 2021 at 17:43:36
Everyone at Linfield FC was saddened to hear below of the passing of one of our former coaches.
“Would it be possible to include an article on the website and inform our supporters of the recent, sad passing of family friend and former Linfield coach and scout Gordon Thompson.
Gordon passed away at home on August 31.
Gordon was responsible for giving Martin McGaughey his chance at Linfield Rangers after spotting him playing for Lisnasharragh High School and the Schoolboy international team – Gordon would still tell the tale of how he approached Roy Coyle numerous times to say “Buckets” was ready for the 1st team, long before Roy Coyle gave him his debut.
I also believe that Gordon changed Martin from a midfielder to a striker, and moved him into the Swifts team when he briefly took over.
Gordon was also involved/ responsible for the signing of Terry Hayes.
He is survived by his wife Maureen.
From the club archives - Gordon was born on May 22, 1940 in Belfast.
He was coach to Linfield Rangers between 1976 and 1979. His team won the Youth cup in season 1976/77. He was coach to the youth squad that took part in the Haarlem youth tournament in 1977.
He was Linfield Swifts coach between 1979 and 1981 and his team won the B Division championship and George Wilson cup during this period.
He resigned from his post at Linfield in 1981 and his son in law Cecil Archer is a former Linfield Rangers player.
The deepest sympathy of everyone at the club is extended to the family circle at this very sad time.
Audaces Fortuna Juvat
Terry Hayes adds
“So sad to hear of the passing of Gordon. As stated in the article, Gordon signed me from Lisnasharragh school as well as Martin. I travelled to the Haarlem tournaments with him and he attended my wedding with his wife Maureen in 1983. Great memories of him as my coach and mentor at Windsor.”