Wednesday 05 June 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Aston Villa completed the signing of midfielder Alan Thompson from Bolton Wanderers, who had just been relegated from the Barclays Premier League.
Thompson was an important part of a Bolton side who twice secured promotion to the top flight of English football, in 1995 and 1997, but could not prevent the Trotters suffering relegation on the final day of the 1997/98 Premier League campaign on goal difference.
Villa moved quickly to secure the services of the 25-year-old, who had scored 49 goals in nearly 200 appearances in all competitions for Bolton over five years. Thompson became a regular at Villa Park, making 46 Premier League appearances in two seasons, scoring four goals, as Villa secured two consecutive sixth-place finishes.
Thompson went on to spend seven years with Celtic and briefly played for Leeds United and Hartlepool United before returning to Celtic to work alongside Neil Lennon, the manager.