22.02.1943 – 01.05.2012
Geoff was born on the 22nd February 1943, in Sunderland & lived his early life in Houghton Le Spring, County Durham.
He was the only son of Hannah & Norman Thompson. Hannah looked after the family home & Norman was a miner.
Geoff was part of a reasonably large family of Uncles/Aunties & the family was split between Newcastle United & Sunderland supporters, although he was definitely a Newcastle United supporter all his life.
He achieved well academically at school & college & played football for the young apprentices’ football team in the Durham County League winning the Durham Apprentices County Cup at the age of 18. He started his career as a young draughtsman, machinist, shop floor manager & finally a director of numerous furniture companies throughout the North of England. Geoff’s last position before retiring was Production Director at Sutcliffe Furniture in Todmorden, but he also helped run his son’s private Limited Company. One of Geoff’s biggest achievements was to save the Allan Brothers “woodyard” & the biggest employer in Berwick upon Tweed – with his own money & turn it from a loss making company with reduncies to a profit making company with fresh hope for the future. Geoff’s passions were his family, football, work, socialising, sailing and his grandchildren In his retirement Geoff became a local councillor on the Council of Brompton & with the newly formed committee safeguarded the on-going future of the local village hall, restoring it to its former glory. He qualified as a referee in the early 1980’s & refereed games locally for the West & North Riding County F.A.s including North Eastern County, Northern Intermediate (Professional Clubs – youth standard), the Harrogate District League & the Claro Sunday League. Apart from his family his other passion was sailing & Geoff qualified as an ocean yacht master in his early 40’s & loved nothing better than to sail around the European coasts with his friends & family.
Geoff was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 & fought long & hard with lung, liver & bowel cancer making many a come back to the football field both on a Saturday & Sunday & sometimes 3 games a weekend as well as watching his Grandson (Aidan) play.
It was Geoff’s final wish that a fund be set up in his name “The Geoff Thompson Memorial Fund” & that all proceeds from the events organized by Thompson Events would be paid to worthwhile local & national charities as a Non-Profit Organization.
Thank you to Stuart Skelton of Raymond Skelton Horticultural for donating the above Cup, after knowing Geoff for 25 years & being a very good friend to the Thompson family. The cup has been donated to the Garforth Junior Football League it will be used as the Challenge Cup & be played for every year by the junior teams of that League.
The second year of the Geoff Thompson Memorial Invitation Cup (Garforth League under 12s Challenge Cup Final was played for by the winners Pontefract Collieries under 12s (maroon kits) & Colton under 12s (yellow/green) the unlucky runners up. . The final score was 4-3 to Pontefract, but was a closely fought contest. Pontefract have now won the cup two years running. The game was played in sunshine on Sunday the 26th April 2015 at Amaranth Cricket Club, Leeds & all the players & the refereeing was of the highest standard. Congratulations to all the players, officials & supporters as well as the Garforth League for a superb day for the cup & testimony to Geoff Thompson.
The first year of the Geoff Thompson Memorial Invitation Cup (Garforth League under 11s Challenge Cup Final was played for by the winners Pontefract Collieries under 11s (maroon kits) & Horsforth St Margarets under 11s (yellow/blue) the unlucky runners up. The final score was 2-0 to Pontefract, but was a closely fought contest. The game was played in a mixture of heavy rain & sunshine on Saturday the 10th May 2014 at Rothwell Town JFC, Fleet Lane, Woodlesford, Leeds & all the players & the refereeing was of the highest standard. Congratulations to all the players, officials & supporters as well as the Garforth League for a superb day for the cup & testimony to Geoff Thompson. Finally may I say a special thank you to Steve Charles (Sheffield United/Mansfield Town/Wrexham/Scarborough & former England Youth International) for giving up his valuable time & watching the game as well as presenting the two teams with their medals & Cups.
Geoff Thompson Memorial Cup The Geoff Thompson Memorial Cup was presented to the Thompson family after the passing of Geoff on the 01.05.2012. A big thank you to the late Joe Billington of Pannal Sports JFC (& the late Harrogate & District JGFL & Harrogate & District JFL Treasurer) for donating the Cup, after knowing Geoff for over 25 years. The Cup is to be awarded to the winners of the under 16s girls cup final at Knaresborough Celtic JFC on the 12th May 2018.
This Shield is to be awarded to the worthy winner of the annual pool, darts & dominoes competitions to be held in Geoff Thompson’s local pub the Crown Inn Pub, Brompton & will be played annually for a chosen competition & a worthy winner.