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PNE v Bolton Wanderers - Played for Both Teams - Peter Thompson

Not Alan’s dad

Ahead of tonight’s game between Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers, it’s time to take a trip down memory lane and check out someone who represented both Bolton and our hosts.

That honour today goes to Peter Thompson.

Born in 1942 in Carlisle, Thompson began his career at North End as a 19 year old attacking winger who was extremely highly rated as a schoolboy, eventually choosing PNE as his starting point, despite rumoured interest from Juventus and Liverpool.

He spent three seasons developing at Deepdale before moving to Anfield for £37,000 after 122 appearances and 20 goals for the club.

Thompson went straight into the Liverpool side and played in all 42 League games in his first season, earning a title-winners medal at the age of 21.

He was an important member of the all-conquering mid-60's team, going on to win another league title 1966 as well being part of the first Liverpool team to win the FA Cup the year before.

Injuries began to take hold during the 1970–71 season and stopped his development which had up until that point been relentless. It would be just two short years later that he joined Bolton for £18,000 where he regained his fitness and spent five years playing for the club.

He retired in 1978 aged 36, having made 117 appearances for Wanderers, scoring twice. He was part of the Second Division title winning side of 1977-78 alongside the likes of Sam Allardyce, Alan Gowling and Peter Reid.

Winning 16 caps for England, Thompson missed out on World Cup squads in both 1966 and 1970 despite his domestic success.