Frank Thompson
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Died: October 4th, 1950
  • First Appointed: January 21st, 1935

Managerial History

Jan 21st, 1935 to May 1st, 1940

Most Appearances Top Scorers

First Match In Charge
Jan 26th, 1935 3 - 1 vs. Queen of the South, Scottish Cup (1st Round)

Last Match In Charge
Apr 27th, 1940 1 - 0 vs. Celtic, Regional League

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Biggest Win(s)
Dec 2nd, 1939 7 - 0 vs. Partick Thistle, Regional League
Dec 26th, 1936 8 - 1 vs. Montrose, League (2nd Division)
Oct 31st, 1936 8 - 1 vs. Brechin City, League (2nd Division)
May 2nd, 1936 7 - 0 vs. Kilmarnock, Ayr Charity Cup (Final)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Apr 22nd, 1936 0 - 8 vs. Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Cup (Final)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
231 88 46 97 482 495
(38.1%) (19.9%) (42.0%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
119 62 22 35 298 192
(52.1%) (18.5%) (29.4%)


Frank Thompson was a native of Ballynahinch, County Down and was part of Cliftonville’s 1909 Cup winning team. After this he moved as a outside-left to Linfield but a very time later moved to Bradford City where he got an FA Cup winner's medal in 1911. He joined Clyde in 1913 and became their player-manager in 1922.

He became manager of Ayr United on 21st January 1935 and on that first season he experienced a last day relegation escape but the club went down a year later

In 1937 the Second Division title was won in glorious fashion. Eleven of Ayr United’s signed players were called up for active service and on 30th May 1940 the 5 minute long Board meeting saw Ayr United close down until further notice.

During the 1945/46 Frank managed Glentoran back in Ireland where he gave the legendary Danny Blanchflower his first break.

He returned to stay in Ayr until his death on 4th October 1950.

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