Scottish goalkeeper Scott Thomson joined the Tigers in August 1997 on commencement of the Mark Hateley revolution. He slotted straight into the first team for the tumultuous opening game of the 1997/98 season at Mansfield, which would surely end in crushing victory for the Tigers and signal the start of Tigery global domination. Alas regular thorn-in-City’s-side Iseyden Christie had other ideas as he led the charge for the Stags in a 2-0 win, and a deflated City returned east to lick their wounds. Thomson remained in the first team for a couple of months but despite his strong reputation won in the SPL, he struggled for form and after 2-1 reverse at Rochdale he was replaced by locally sourced netminder Steve Wilson. Thomson returned to the first team for a Valentines Day 1998 trip to Torquay, but City were thumped 5-1 and that was that for Scott. He spent the last two months of the season on loan at Motherwell, making one appearance, and left in the 1998 close season.
Edinburgh born Scott Yuill Thomson started his career in the Scottish junior football scene at Hutchison Vale, signing for Dundee United in 1984. It took him five years to reach the first team at Tannadice and he made only six senior appearances for the club before returning to the reserves and ending the 1990/91 season with loan spells at Barnsley and Raith Rovers.
In July 1991 he moved to Forfar Athletic where he quickly became a first team regular, making 88 senior appearances before switching to Raith Rovers in September 1993. This move coincided with Rovers’ most successful time in their history and Thomson played a full part in their triumphs. Elevation to the Scottish Premier League was followed by winning the Scottish League Cup in November 1994 with Thomson saving the decisive Cup Final penalty kick taken by Celtic’s Paul McStay. This victory meant the Stark’s Park side qualified for the 1995/96 UEFA Cup – after seeing off unpronounceable opponents from the Faroe Islands and Iceland Raith drew German giants Bayern Munich and Thomson started both legs as the Scottish side went down 0-2 at home and 1-2 away to the eventual Cup winners. Thomson left Raith in August 1997 to join the Tigers having made 147 starts in four seasons.
Thomson joined Airdrieonians in the 1998 close season where he was second choice keeper for two seasons, making 34 starts. In July 2000 he joined Dunfermline Athletic where he was again backup goalkeeper for three seasons, making 15 appearances before ending his playing days in 2003 with a loan spell at Brechin City.
In 2004 Scott began a second career in football as goalkeeping coach at Dunfermline Athletic, moving to Dundee United in 2006 and Hibernian in 2009. In 2014 he was appointed goalkeeping coach at Ross County.
Scott’s son Robbie was also a Scottish League goalkeeper, starting his career at Celtic and playing at all levels of Scotland’s youth international setup before joining Raith Rovers, the club where his father made his name, in 2018.
Date/Place of Birth: 8 November 1966, Edinburgh
Hull City First Game: 9 August 1997, Mansfield Town A (League Division 3), 30 years, 274 days old
Hull City Final Game: 14 February 1998, Torquay United A (League Division 3), 31 years, 98 days old
Hutchison Vale, Dundee United (1984-1991), Barnsley (1991, loan), Raith Rovers (1991, loan), Forfar Athletic (1991-1993), Raith Rovers (1993-1997), Hull City (1997-1998), Motherwell (1998, loan), Airdrieonians (1998-2000), Dunfermline Athletic (2000-2004), Brechin City (2003, loan)
Hull City Record
Career: 12 apps, 0 goalsScott Thomson
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