He started his career at Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion, but defender Andy Thompson would go on to become well-loved at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Steve Bull is the most famous example of a playing making the switch across the Black Country, but it’s sometimes forgotten that Andy Thompson was part of the deal that took the legendary goalscorer to Molineux.
Bull will always receive the spotlight when anyone reminisces about the transfer, but Thompson became one of the club’s best signings in his own right. He made the transition from left-winger to left-back, and held a place in the starting lineup for over a decade as Wolves bounced back from falling down the English league pyramid to regain their place at the second tier.
As well as winning back-to-back promotions during his early days at Wolves, Thompson featured in the Football league Trophy triumph over Burnley in 1988, capping a successful two years at the club. During the second half of his 11-year stint in the old gold and black, Wolves frequently featured in the top half of the First Division standings, but they were unable to get over the line in the playoffs.
Nevertheless, Thompson’s time at Wolves was a huge success and he would make 451 appearances in all competitions, with many of his 45 goals coming from the penalty spot.