Holding the all-time scoring record in the A-League, and the all-time goal scoring record for a single international match, it is no wonder Archie Thompson is considered a soccer legend. Playing over 50 times for Australia and scoring an mind-blowing 28 goals, he is a hero of the game. Born in Otorohanga, Thompson began his career as a teenager in Bathurst. His exceptional skills and pace on the ball quickly caught the eyes of recruiters. A young Thompson saw himself rapidly moving from Carlton, to Sydney and on to Belgium’s Lierse SK. There he would become the club’s leading goal scorer with 14 goals in 29 league appearances.
In 2001 Thompson’s international career rocketed forward as he was named as part of the squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup, scoring 16 goals. By 2005 he was coaxed home to join Melbourne Victory where he would become the Inaugural Golden Boot winner for scoring 8 goals in a single season. It is no wonder that, over the years, Melbourne Victory has become synonymous with Archie Thompson.
In 2007 he would become the first player to score more than 3 goals in an A-League match, earning him the Joe Marstan Medal as Man of the Match. In 2008 he became Australia and New Zealand’s official FIFA Ambassador. He would go on to solidify his role as a world-class striker and a legendary forward as a substitute in range of international matches. Well-liked by his teammates, this rockstar of the game always had time for new players, bringing enthusiasm, fun and optimism to the game and training.
Despite being in his late 30s, the soccer world is eager to see more of this giant of the game, and though he no longer plays for Melbourne Victory, many hope we will see him on the pitch again soon.