Established 1973

The Recreation Ground, Pirton, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 3PX

Special Occasions - Phil Thompson Scores his 500th goal - 9th February 2003


Phil makes his 500th appearance; vs. Black Swan on 10th October 2004.

Phil Thompson made his debut for Lea Sports as a skinny 17-year-old in a Third Team fixture vs. Toddington Farmers. He scored that day in a 2-2 draw and hasn't stopped scoring since. In the mid-eighties illness prevented Phil from playing regularly, but by the late eighties he reached peak form and scored 38 goals in 27 games in 1988-89.

In the early nineties, Phil was lured away from Lea Sports to play South Midlands football with Ashcroft, but in 1993-94 he returned with a vengeance, scoring 42 goals in 28 games as Lea Sports finished 4th in NH Counties Division 2.

His record performance came on 6th November 1988 in a Division 3 match vs.Holy Ghost at Leagrave Park. Phil scored 7 in a 17-0 win and hit the woodwork 3 times. A few weeks later, on 18th December 1988, Phil scored his 100th Lea Sports goal in the return fixture vs.Holy Ghost.

By the late nineties Phil had been persuaded by Steve Baggett to play for the Third Team in the Luton Sunday League, but Phil was a class above and scored 45 goals in 1998-99, plus another 10 for the Reserves. In seven games between 1st November and 1st January he scored 28 goals, including 2 double hat-tricks.

Restored to the First Team, Phil scored his 500th Lea Sports goal on 9th February 2003 vs.Limbury Black Swan at Pirton, a feat rewarded by the Club with the presentation of a silver salver (see below).

The text reads: Eat your heart out Michael Owen! Phil Thompson may not be a household name, but he's a living legend in the North Home Counties. Over the course of 20 years and 470 games Thompson has clocked up 500 goals for Lea Sports, writes Ben Raza. The 37-year-old reached the magical milestone in a recent game against Black Swan. The march to 500 goals began for Phil when he scored on his debut against Toddington Farmers back in November 1982. Then he was just a 17-year-old in the Club's third team. Since then he has scored in every division of the North Home Counties League from the Premier Division down to the old Division Seven, as well as in the Luton and District and Luton Sunday Leagues. A Luton Town fan as a boy from Limbury Mead, Phil's favourite striker was Mick Harford, although he tried to model his game on Kenny Dalglish and, more recently, on Tottenham's Teddy Sheringham. In each of the last nine seasons he has amassed more than 20 goals, including a total of 42 in the 1993/4 season and a run of three successive four-goal hauls during 2001/2. Phil's personal best is the 55 goal haul from the 1998/9 season, which included 28 goals in one seven-game burst. His record for one game is seven against Holy Ghost in 1988, when he also hit the woodwork three times. This season Phil has maintained his usual form. He scored five in an away Herts Intermediate Cup fourth round tie and the same again in a 6-1 hammering of league leaders Woodstock. Says Phil, "I'm happy to keep playing as long as my ankles allow me and I'm still enjoying it. I'm lucky to play for a team who are so well-organised that they keep records of every season otherwise I'd never have known what my total was over the years. When I went away to University or moved out of the town I still kept playing for the side." To mark the feat, Lea Sports presented Phil with an engraved silver salver, Club Secretary and President Steve Smith, who made the presentation, said "He's always been a thin, almost waif-like striker, and very skillful in the Allan Clarke mould. He's a pleasure to watch, drifting out of games, then popping up to steal a goal when you least expect it. Off the pitch he's always a well-mannered and softly-spoken gent."

Phil's Record (to the end of the 2005-06 Season)





This site was last updated 27th December 2006