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The PL League Boss
Apr 28, 2006
PL Headquarters Hullbridge
I came across an article in a Queen of the South programme about Andy Thomson the following is an extract:

Dalglish was one of many scouts attracted to Thomson during his five year spell at Palmerston (Queen of the South), A lot ofclubs including Chelsea, Rangers, Spurs, Leicester, Aberdeen, Manchester city, Liverpool, Tranmere, Dunfermline, Celtic were amongst those keen to sign him.

At One point Aberdeen offered £150,000 to secure his signature. This was rejected by the Queens Board - who had a much higher price tag in mind.

Twice voted "Second Division player of the Year" in his final season at Palmerston he received the Daily Record "Golden Shot" award. This was in 1994 when he became the first player in Scotland to score 30 goals. He ended the season with 32 goals a remarkable feat when you think of the completion Mark Hateley (Rangers) Richard Cadette (Falkirk) etc.

Yet when it came down to it despite all the apparent interest from clubs both sides of the border - only two, Blackpool and Southend made what seemed to be realistic offers. So in July 1994, Andy Thomson signed full time for First Division Southend.

It was future England manager Peter Taylor who signed Andy for Southend, he did so to fill the boots of one of the most lethal strikers in Britain at that time Stan Collymore who had leftRoots Hall for a fee of £2.5 million.

In four "very enjoyable" years at Roots Hall playing under Taylor, Ron Whelan and Alvin Martin he scored 29 goals in 95 appearances leaving to join Oxford United for the start of the 1998-99 season. Despite a more than one in four goals ratio, his stay at the Manor Ground was short lived. He was described the move as a nightmare, one big mistake and could not wait to move on. in August 1999 he teamed up with Peter Taylor at Gillingham.

From Wikipedia it states:

Southend United then offered £250,000 and a deal was agreed between the two clubs that led to Thomson leaving for Essex on 4 July 1994 to join Peter Taylor's Shrimpers at Roots Hall. As well as being a record transfer fee paid at that particular time by the "Shrimpers", this still remains the highest fee received by Queens.

I remember going to away match at Barnsley just after he had signed and a number of QOS fans travelled down just to watch him and stood in the away end.