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Good foil for Simon Garner for a couple of seasons , not a great goalscorer but contributed to the team effort ...

From a day when the Rovers was run by people who cared....

Bobby Saxton , Bill Fox etc , etc what must they think about our present set up ?

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Just wanted to pay my respects to chris Thompson as well. That era was one of my favourite times as Rovers were a decent side although I missed a lot of games because I was a student in Newcastle. I can actually remember Chris' debut because his dad was sat behind me in the Nuttall stand. I thinkit was a night game. Thought he was quite ordinary to start with but he went on to become a really good honest player for Rovers with no little ability. A great foil for Garner, good control and his goal record was more than respectable as well. RIP Chris Thompson very sad news

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Very sad news that an honest, hard-working former Rover virtually the same age as myself has passed away.

Great memories from the cuttings - thanks so much for posting those. Your scrapbooks must be a treasure trove of warm, happy nostalgia in these dismal, dark times

Around that time a pal of mine was a senior tax inspector in Blackburn and used to tell us how much each player earned - it was decent compared to most jobs then but absolute buttons in relation to what some of these absolute no-marks are able to wheelbarrow home these days

My enduring memory of Thommo off the field was him driving a bright blue sponsored Lada with his name on from Shadsworth Car Centre! And probably mixing a bit of embarrassment about it with a "well, it's a perk after all," attitude. I'm pretty sure they used his pic on their advert.

When he scored those 2 at Birmingham, I was on the annual Church CC trip to Blackpool and it's practically unimaginable now that there was no Sky, no wall2wall footy coverage

We sneaked into a tv lounge at the Metropole Hotel with a couple of pints & joined elderly residents watching Grandstand - just a brief scores round up at ht, teleprinter at full time

The only alternative was to stand & watch thru a tv rentals shop window!

We cheered as the result came on, relieved we hadn't been rumbled as intruders and chucked out!

As many have said, Thommo was a perfect, selfless partner for the more flamboyant Garner and the fans recognised a hundred per centre and never gave him stick for any misses as they knew a centre half would be bundled over soon for Garns to pick the scraps up!

The Wimbledon goal rings a bell in my fading memory - we were a mundane, workmanlike team built on a shoestring but at least we could have some pride and faith in the club then

Gone too soon, Thommo, and thoughts are with those you leave behind

But a working-class hero was something to be

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Part of my early years of following Rovers, a true wearer of the shirt imo probably should have scored more than he did but certainly partnered well with Garner.

probably reason he didn't get the admiration his workrate and gameplay should have done

RIP Chris will be remembered fondly and our thoughts go out to your family.

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RIP. pretty average player really but gave his all in an era when we had a squad of about 15. Birmingham away was definitely his finest hour, remember it well as a classic away game from this era of classic away games.

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Not sure I should add this here but Paul Round's wife Sue passed away this week after a long illness. Very sad.

I worked with Sue for several years in the 80s and early 90s. I only heard she was ill a few weeks ago. Very, very sad indeed.

Same age as me. Puts a lot into perspective.

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i'm deeply saddened to read of chris' death. (and pauls wife as well of course). both chris and paul were the players i used to see in my early days as a rovers fan. in fact, i still believe the days prior to the money days hold the fondest memories for me.

RIP Chris, and Sue..

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