Daley Thompson made his Daniels debut on 27 October 1995 at home to Stewarts & Lloyds. It was a Friday night game, I think it drew the club's biggest attendance (500 plus) for about ten years and Stamford won 5-1 with Daley scoring twice and getting an assist or two as well.
He scored in each of the next five matches as well! His last game was on 6 January 1996, in all he played twelve games scoring seven goals. As a double Olympic champion we perhaps shouldn't have been surprised how quick he was, but he was 37 when he joined us.
I think he then went to Mansfield and played in their reserves and was named as a sub once for the first team but didn't get on, possibly a bit of a gimmick! He then went to Ilkeston in the Southern Premier and played for them at centre half the rest of the season, having played up front for us.
Post by northern uproar on Nov 3, 2011 13:29:47 GMT
Thanks for that Jeremy - I was surprised that he played that many games for us.
I've been trying to recall whether it was that Stewarts and Lloyds game that Sky covered? I know the game they covered was a Friday night game, but for some reason I think it was a cup match against Spalding - a game that we either won 5-3 after extra time, with Daley Thompson scoring at least one goal from the penalty spot; or that we won 5-3 on penalties.
I remember seeing Daley play in a celebrity match as part of the pre-game entertainment at the 1987 Cov v Spurs cup final and he was the best player on show by an absolute mile, certainly looked good enough to have done it for a living. He scored with the sort of overhead kick that commentators orgasmed over when Rooney did it not so long ago.
I remember when he played for us not only his pace but the amazing height he got when jumping for headers. He was definitely more than just a name, he had some serious ability as a footballer.