Shankly star talks about golden ca­reer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A for­mer Liver­pool and Eng­land foot­baller is to speak at a char­ity din­ner af­ter a chance meet­ing at a rail­way sta­tion.

Peter Thomp­son made over 400 ap­pear­ances for Liver­pool dur­ing Bill Shankly’s golden era in the 1960s, scor­ing 54 goals as a mid­field player.

The 75-yearold, who now l i ves i n the Ash­ford area, also gained 16 caps for Eng­land.

He started his ca­reer at Pre­ston, mak­ing 120 ap­pear­ances and scor­ing 20 league goals, and im­pressed the Liver­pool boss dur­ing an FA Cup match.

Mr Thomp­son was signed for £37,000, and went on to ap­pear in the FA Cup fi­nal win­ning team of 1965 and the Euro­pean Cup Win­ners’ Cup team of 1966. He also earned two league ti­tle medals in 1964 and 1966.

Char­ity spokesman Graeme Dutch said Mr Thomp­son agreed to ap­pear at the evening din­ner for Find a Voice – which sup­ports peo­ple with speech and com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties – af­ter he got on the wrong train.

Char­ity man­ager Deb­bie Bur­den and her hus­band had also made the same mis­take, so they got chat­ting to him while hud­dled in a plat­form rain shel­ter at Westen­hanger.

Mr Dutch said: “It was a meet­ing of com­plete chance, and af­ter Deb­bie got talk­ing to him, she learned about who he was and his ca­reer.”

“The evening will be a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion.

“He was a hugely suc­cess­ful player in the 1960s and 1970s, and we couldn’t be­lieve we have some­one like that liv­ing in Ash­ford.”

The evening is at Sandy­acres in Sandy­hurst Lane from 7pm to 11pm on Fri­day, April 21.

Tick­ets cost £30 per per­son or £250 for a ta­ble of 10, which in­cludes a two-course meal.

To book tick­ets call 01233 640443 or email ad­min@fin­d­avoice.org. uk

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