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John Frederick “Johnny” Thompson

HERITAGE No: 514

WESTS LIFE MEMBER No: 100

BIRTH: 24 January 1931
Concord, NSW

OCCUPATION: Bank Manager, Wholesale Jeweller, Hot Bread Shops Proprietor

RESIDENCE: King St Concord West, NSW, 1954, Putney, Budgewoi, Toukley

GAME HISTORY

  • Eastwood RU Juniors/Lower Grades 1949, 1950
  • NSW RU (Juniors) 1950
  • Eastwood RU 1951, 1952, 1953
  • North Harbour RU v South Harbour RU 1953
  • NSW RU v Queensland RU 1953
  • NSW RU Probables v NSW RU Possibles 1953
  • Wests RL First Grade 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958
  • Wests RL 2nd Grade 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957
  • Wests RL 3rd Grade 1956
  • Wests RL Life Member No. 100

John

The John Thompson story has been written with the generous assistance of John Wiles who shared his thoughts and memories of John over the years.

John Thompson was from the suburb of Concord West. One of his mates during his youth was Ron “Red Dog” Watson.

Ron was a future team mate at Wests, a member of the 1952 Premiership winning team, First Grade Coach, Life Member and a long time Committeeman.

John went to Homebush Boys High School where rugby union was the main winter sport. He naturally gravitated to playing rugby union in the Concord district during his school years.

He also excelled at athletics and held numerous sprint records at the school and with Combined High Schools.

After leaving school, John maintained his interest in athletics and was a member of the Western Suburbs Athletic Club.

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