Local Face: Scott Thomson

Scott Thomson was born in January 1985 a mere 15 minutes ahead of his identical twin Michael. The eldest of 6 children, Scott was raised in Wendover and is still a resident today. Growing up in a big family, Wendover provided an idyllic childhood for Scott and his siblings, Michael, Claire, Laura, Jack and Billy, raised by their beloved mum, Sue. All 6 children attended the 3 local schools, making the Thomson name well known.

Every Saturday you will find Scott representing the black and golds as Wendover’s Number 1 guarding the goal in the Premier Division of the ADL. Scott’s love of football began 25 years ago when he started playing for the Wendover Juniors trying out as a striker, but finding his true calling as a goalkeeper. Since then, Scott has represented each age group for the club, moving to the Senior Team 12 years ago. Playing alongside his brothers and close friends from the Passaro family, football is as enjoyable now as it was when the boys used to play at Castle Park as kids using jumpers for goalposts. Scott is an active member of the club, taking the role of Bar Manager on the Committee for several years and organising events and socials including the famous annual 5-a-side Tournament each summer. On an off the pitch the club has come on leaps and bounds over the past decade, and they pride themselves as being an active part of the local community, including fundraising for the Chilterns MS Centre at Scott’s quiz nights. If you’re a fan of football and want to watch the team, the club welcomes new supporters. The teams play every Saturday at the John Colet School Playing Fields.

Growing up in Wendover, Scott made firm friends for life who have created the Jollyboys Cricket Team and have successfully won the Village Cup 5 times in the past decade. The Jollyboys have become well respected in the cricket club and in September 2017 were able to hold a charity cricket event in memory of local and much-loved woman Kathy Tallyn whose son Andy also plays for the team. In the process they raised over £1,000 for The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

In January 2011 Scott married long term girlfriend and local girl Lizzie. Unlike modern times they took a more traditional approach as the day after they wed they moved into their first home together in Wendover. The year after saying ‘I Do’ they planned a once in a lifetime trip round the world which would end in a visit to see Scott’s sister Claire who was living in Australia at the time. Just 5 days before they were due to go, Scott wanted just one more game for his beloved Wendover Football Club – against the wishes of his wife! Unfortunately, during the match a collision between Scott and two other players left him with multiple fractures to his cheekbone, a shattered eye socket and broken sinus bone. This left the newlyweds unable to fly as Scott required two operations to repair the damage. If that’s not dedication to your local football team, then we don’t know what is.

As they say every cloud has a silver lining, as during his recovery the couple noticed their local and much-frequented pub, The Rose & Crown, had been obtained by developers to build 6 new properties. With no hesitation, they went straight to the estate agents to reserve their now family home. In June 2015 Scott had his 30th birthday wish come true by becoming a Dad for the first time to the apple of his eye, Teddy. Having experienced such a brilliant upbringing in Wendover, Scott and his wife wish to raise their family here too, and plan to remain true Wendoverians.

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