Bob Thomson

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Bob Thomson
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0Full Name Robert John Thomson
0Date of Birth 29 December 1890
0Place of Birth Croydon
0Position Centre forward
0Chelsea career 1911-1922
0Debut 21 October 1911
0Games (goals) 95 (30)
0Other clubs Croydon Common
Charlton Athletic

Robert "Bob" Thomson was an English centre forward who played for Chelsea during the early 20th century, mainly prior to the First World War.


Thomson carved out a career in the game despite having only one eye, resulting from a childhood accident with a firework. When asked how he dealt with a ball coming to him on his blind side, Bob would answer: "I just shut my other eye and play from memory."

He started out with his local side Croydon Common before joining Chelsea in September 1911. His most successful season with Chelsea came in 1914-15, when his six goals in eight 1914-15 FA Cup games helped his team reach the final, where they lost to Sheffield United.

When competitive football was abandoned in Britain in 1915, Thomson continued to turn out for Chelsea in unofficial wartime matches, scoring 100 goals in three seasons 1915-17. He played twice more for the club when hostilities ended.

He signed for Charlton Athletic in 1921, having made a total of 95 appearances and scored 30 goals for Chelsea.


See also: List of Bob Thomson goals
Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1911-12 21 8 2 0 23 8
1912-13 10 1 0 0 10 1
1913-14 9 1 0 0 9 1
1914-15 30 13 8 5 38 18
1920-21 13 2 2 0 15 2
Total 83 25 12 5 95 30


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