Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson is off to the 2018 World Cup this summer. Okay, it's not THAT World Cup. Thommo has been called up into the England veterans squad that will participate in the 2018 Seniors World Cup in Thailand next month. The 55 year old is currently manager of Dorchester Town, and successfully guided them away from relegation problems after taking over at the end of September 2017, ultimately giving them a 19th place in the Southern League Premier Division.
Steve has been included in a squad that will meet up for a training camp at the tail end of this month in Bangkok, before travelling south for the main tournament which starts in early June. He'll join an England squad that have won the tournament on the last two occasions. If England get to the final then they would play six fixtures during June as part of that World Cup.
The Dorchester boss told the Dorset Echo that his connection with the set-up came last November when he played in a veterans game. His level of fitness will come in handy, given that competition rules mean teams must keep at least three players aged over 50 on the pitch at all times during the matches, and Steve said that he saw it as a reward for having kept himself fit throughout the years:
"I found out a couple of weeks ago, I got the call. I played in a veterans game back in November, and there was a couple of people involved in that set-up played in that game. I think they felt with my fitness at the age that I am I would be able to compete in that. I only play a very few veterans games throughout the season but obviously I do join in in training now and then at the end for the last 15-20 minutes and I try to keep myself fit at the gym so it is a reward for being fit. I have always been known as a very fit player so it is a good reward after keeping myself in as good a condition as possible. It is obviously a big honour to represent your country, and I am really looking forward to it. I have never been to Thailand. There are really lots of things to look forward to in respect of the trip and the competition."
Thommo's fitness over the years led to him being named on the Yeovil Town bench twice during the 2008-09 season, under Russell Slade's management, when the club were so short of players they had struggled to fill the teamsheet. Although his playing days at Huish Park largely dried up at the end of the 2001-02 season, whilst he was Gary Johnson's right-hand man, his last appearance on the teamsheet came on November 22nd 2008 in a League One match against Tranmere Rovers, when he was just seven weeks short of his 46th birthday.
Link: Steve Thompson : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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