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Robert John “Bob” Thomson

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Robert John “Bob” Thomson

Birth
Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
Death
9 Jan 1971 (aged 80)
Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
Burial
Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England Add to Map
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Bob was an English footballer who played during the early 20th century, mainly prior to World War I.

Playing as a forward, he 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 FA Cup games helped his team reach the final, where they lost to Sheffield United.

When competitive football was abandoned in Britain in 1915, Bob 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 in FA cup when hostilities ended.

He made a total of 95 appearances and scored 29 goals.

He signed for Charlton Athletic in 1921.
Bob was an English footballer who played during the early 20th century, mainly prior to World War I.

Playing as a forward, he 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 FA Cup games helped his team reach the final, where they lost to Sheffield United.

When competitive football was abandoned in Britain in 1915, Bob 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 in FA cup when hostilities ended.

He made a total of 95 appearances and scored 29 goals.

He signed for Charlton Athletic in 1921.

Gravesite Details

Cremated.
Commemorated in Book of Remembrance.
No known memorial.


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