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Billy Thomson, 1958-2023

  • Post published:6 February 2023

All at Stranraer Football Club are deeply saddened to confirm the passing of our goalkeeping coach Billy Thomson at the age of 64.

We were all naturally thrilled to welcome a man of Billy’s immense experience and character to the club in June 2021 following a 14 year spell at Kilmarnock.

A highly regarded goalkeeper in his day, Billy was a fantastic servant to St Mirren and Dundee United, recording hundreds of appearances for both clubs along with seven Scotland caps.

Billy is revered amongst United fans, particularly for his heroics during their 1986/87 UEFA Cup campaign, a run which saw the Tannadice side defeat Terry Venables’ Barcelona home and away in the quarter finals, before a narrow defeat to Gothenburg in the final.

In later years, the shot-stopper recorded half a century of appearances for Motherwell, spent time at Patrick Thistle, and provided competition for Andy Goram at Rangers.

On top of his incredible playing career, Billy was a tremendously experienced coach who spent six years in the backroom team at Rangers and served as goalkeeping coach at Rugby Park between 2007 and 2021.

Over the past two seasons, Thommo has left an indelible mark on Stranraer FC; imparting a significant amount of knowledge as coach to our young goalkeepers and the rest of the club, as well as entertaining all behind the scenes with his witty sense of humour and pleasant conversations.

He will be sorely missed by all, and the thoughts of everyone at Stair Park are with Louise and his family at this sad time.