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Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Clubs played for: Burnley, QPR, Everton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth.

Born: 1950

Birthplace: Kirkby-in-Ashfield

Position: left winger

Biography: Born in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Dave came from good footballing stock - his grandfather was one of a group of West Auckland miners who represented Great Britain and won an international tournament held in Turin in the early 1910's. A former England international who was an extremely skillful and fast midfielder, he had a long and successful playing career, playing for almost 20 years and totalling over 450 league appearances whilst playing for Burnley, QPR, Everton, Vancouver Whitecaps, Middlesbrough, Pompey and Wolves (who he joined in preference to Manchester United, a decision that he has regretted ever since). He won 8 England caps overall whilst at QPR. In 1981, he played a single summer season with the Vancouver Whitecaps in the North American Soccer League. A three year spell at Pompey, towards the end of his career, was ended in 1986 by the new Deacon regime and he turned to one of his other passions, gardening, to earn a living for many years thereafter. He also worked part time as a PE teacher at the Bishop Luffa School in Chichester, but has now retired.

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Thomas, Dave Went to see Dave at a talk in recently @ Barnard Castle. Very inspirational guy who is currently doing a lot of fund raising for his beloved Blind Dogs charity .
20-09-21Colin Hodgson

Thomas, Dave A great player. I had the pleasure of playing with him for Bishop Auckland District team. Lovely guy.
13-02-21Keith Summers

Thomas, Dave I remember Dave as a Student with me at Burnley Technical college. We were 17 (1967) I think. He was just emerging as a very good player for Burnley but he attended the Business Studies Course but I think he hated it.!!
He had just bought his first VauxhauI Viva, we were all very impresssed. He was a nice young man for sure. I also remember Burnley were playing Swindon in the semi final of the Cup and were expected to beat them to play Arsenal in the final. But, Swindon beat Burnley and then beat Arsenal to win the Cup.!!! I was very distressed.
I would love to be able to contact him again as he is doing great work with guide dogs
16-10-19Gill Jackson

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