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Frank Thompson (21/1/1935 – May 1940)

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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