Edward Henry Eddie Thompson OBE was a Scottish businessman. A well-known figure in the Scottish retail industry, he founded the store chain Morning, Noon and Night in 1991. He was awarded the OBE for services to the Scottish grocery industry in 2005, a long-time supporter of Dundee United F. C. Thompson bought the club in 2002 and remained chairman until his death in 2008. In 1991 he left them to become founder and chief executive of a chain called Morning. He continued to run the company until selling it to Scotmid in 2004 for £30m and he was awarded the OBE in June 2005, in recognition of his services to the Scottish grocery industry and his work as chairman of the Scottish Retail Consortium. As well as the SRC, he has served on the board of the CBI Council for Scotland, the British Retail Consortium. He has also been a recipient of the Scottish Grocery Lifetime Achievement Award, Thompson was initially a Motherwell fan, but changed his allegiances and became a supporter of Dundee United when he moved to the Dundee area. He had an association with the club, and instigated their first ever shirt sponsorship deal, with VG. He was appointed the clubs honorary business consultant but subsequently became estranged from the clubs management after falling out with manager, Thompson spent many years trying to invest in the club, being constantly rebuffed until finally assuming control of Dundee United in September 2002 when he bought McLeans shareholding. After gaining control he invested large sums of money in the team, Thompson gained a reputation as a ruthless chairman, sacking five managers in little more than his first four years in charge. He continued to charge of club affairs personally, despite having been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003. Thompson also served as a member of the Scottish Premier League management board, the clubs fortunes began to improve following the appointment of Craig Levein, who would become a personal friend of Thompson, as manager in October 2006. During the 2007–08 season, Dundee United reached the Scottish League Cup Final, many supporters wore T-shirts bearing a One Eddie Thompson slogan during the final against Rangers to pay tribute to his efforts on behalf of the club. Also during March 2008, it was announced that the East Stand at Uniteds Tannadice Park stadium was to be renamed after Thompson, during this period, Thompson reorganised the club to ensure continuity following his death. His son Stephen, already a director, was appointed as chief executive, Craig Levein was also appointed to the board as director of football, in addition to his managerial role. Thompson died of cancer on 15 October 2008. He is survived by his widow, daughter, son, and his son-in-law was killed in a road accident on 12 October 2008. His role as Chairman of Dundee United Football Club was taken over by his son Stephen, One eye on the future, Interview from the Sunday Herald News story and biography from Scottish Retail Consortium website BBC Sport obituary
Rosewell is a former mining village in Midlothian, Scotland, south of Polton and south-west of Bonnyrigg. The village is in the parish of Lasswade and was previously a separate ecclesiastical parish. The population of the village is 1,566, the colliery village was established by Archibald Hood, mining engineer and entrepreneur, who developed the Whitehill Colliery from 1856, which was located on the south-western edge of the village. He began a new shaft at the colliery in 1878, built railways for the mines and erected well-designed houses for the miners, in 1890 he amalgamated his company with the mining interests of the Marquess of Lothian to form the Lothian Coal Company. The colliery was named after Whitehill House to the east and was known as Rosewell. On 1 January 1947 the National Coal Board took over the colliery from the Lothian Coal Company, the colliery had 3 deep shafts and one surface mine. It reached peak production in 1950, but closed in 1961, Archibald Hood lived at Rosedale in the south of the village, which is now a category B listed building. This is a mid 19th century two storey gabled house, which was used by the Lothian Coal Company as a house for its managers. The Rosewell Institute, in Carnethie Street, was built for the Lothian Coal Company as an institute in 1917. The Institute was built on a scale with finely detailed sandstone features. The Church in Rosewell was built 1871-72 and opened for worship 1874, the population of this new quoad sacra parish was recorded as 1,394 in 1881. It was re-united with Lasswade in 2008, Rosewell was served by a railway station lying between Rosewell and Hawthornden. The station opened in 1855 under the name Hawthornden, but was renamed Rosewell and it was served by the Peebles Railway, a branch line of the Waverley Line. Services ran from Peebles to Waverley Station in Edinburgh, the station wwas closed in 1962 but the line remained in use for goods traffic until 1967, although the colliery had already closed by then. Rosewell has two schools, namely Rosewell Primary School and St Matthews Primary School. The village is in the catchment area for Lasswade High School, Rosewell is well served by buses, mainly by route 49, though the service has recently been reduced despite a petition to Lothian Buses services of Lothian Buses. There is also a small and local private hire company, for walkers the Penicuik–Dalkeith Walkway passes close by. The village has two churches, namely Rosewell Parish Church and St Matthews Catholic Church, since 2008 Rosewell Parish Church has been formally united with Lasswade Church, forming Lasswade and Rosewell Parish Church
Defender (association football)
In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. There are four types of defenders, centre-back, sweeper, full-back, the centre-back and full-back positions are essential in most modern formations. The sweeper and wing-back roles are more specialised for certain formations, a centre-back defends in the area directly in front of the goal, and tries to prevent opposing players, particularly centre-forwards, from scoring. Centre-backs accomplish this by blocking shots, tackling, intercepting passes, contesting headers, with the ball, centre-backs are generally expected to make long and pinpoint passes to their teammates, or to kick unaimed long balls down the field. For example, a clearance is a long unaimed kick intended to move the ball as far as possible from the defenders goal, during normal play, centre-backs are unlikely to score goals. In this case, other defenders or midfielders will temporarily move into the centre-back positions, in the modern game, most teams employ two or three centre-backs in front of the goalkeeper. The 4–2–3–1, 4–3–3, and 4–4–2 formations all use two centre-backs, the sweeper is a more versatile centre-back who sweeps up the ball if an opponent manages to breach the defensive line. This position is more fluid than that of other defenders who man-mark their designated opponents. Because of this, it is referred to as libero. For example, the system of play, used in Italian football in the 1960s. The more modern libero possesses the qualities of the typical libero while being able to expose the opposition during counterattacks. The Fundell-libero has become popular in recent time with the sweeper transitioning to the most advanced forward in an attack. This variation on the position requires great pace and fitness, while rarely seen in professional football, the position has been extensively used in lower leagues. Modern libero sit behind centre-backs as a sweeper before charging through the team to join in the attack, some sweepers move forward and distribute the ball up-field, while others intercept passes and get the ball off the opposition without needing to hurl themselves into tackles. If the sweeper does move up the field to distribute the ball, they will need to make a speedy recovery, in modern football, its usage has been fairly restricted, with few clubs in the biggest leagues using the position. Though it is used in modern football, it remains a highly respected. A recent and successful use of the sweeper was made by Otto Rehhagel, Greeces manager, Rehhagel utilized Traianos Dellas as Greeces sweeper to great success, as Greece surprisingly became European champions. The full-backs take up the wide positions and traditionally stayed in defence at all times
Whitehill Welfare F.C.
Whitehill Welfare Football Club is a football club based in the village of Rosewell, Midlothian, Scotland. They are members of the Lowland Football League and play their matches at Ferguson Park. The club was founded in 1953 and initially competed in juvenile football before turning senior and they are the most successful side in East of Scotland League history, winning a total of 16 titles prior to joining the Lowland League as one of its founder members in 2013. Although Rosedale continued operating until 1957, it was in 1953 that Whitehill Welfare were formed, in the early years, Whitehill were the chopping block for the more fancied clubs. Although reaching the Scottish Juvenile Cup semi-final in 1959, they did not really come to the fore until 1964, by 1979, there were only six Juvenile clubs left in Whitehills league, and so the Welfare decided it was time for it to go senior. This resulted in the joining the East of Scotland Football League in August 1979. Membership of the Scottish Football Association also has the advantage of allowing the club the opportunity compete in the Scottish Cup, the game saw Whitehill Welfare hold Celtic to 0–0 until the 39th minute and saw a respectable 3–0 defeat. The club joined the Lowland Football League in 2013, bauld Cup 1974–75, 1977–78 Midlothian Juvenile League Championship 1965,1968,1970,1971,1975,1977 Midlothian Juvenile League Cup 1967–68, 1969–70 Club website List of honours on club website
Penicuik Athletic F.C.
Penicuik Athletic Football Club are a Scottish junior football club. They were formed in 1888 and are based in Penicuik, Penicuik Park is ten miles south west of Edinburgh on the A702. The club is playing in the Super League of the Scottish Junior Football Associations East Region at their home ground. Penicuik turned Junior in 1951 with the club buying Eastfield Park from the National Coal Board. The new ground was opened with a match against a strong Hibernian side which the Athletic lost 5–0, the chairman at the time, Mr David Masson and Jimmy Ketchen, were two prominent figures in the club. Their manager was Dick Walker and coach Harry Verth, Penicuik won their first silverware in 1949–50 season winning the Border Cup. In 1966 the Athletic reached the semi-final of the Scottish Junior Cup only to lose by the narrowest of margins to local rivals Bonnyrigg Rose, Penicuik Athletics biggest achievement is undoubtedly reaching the Scottish Junior Cup Final in 1970 at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Penicuiks opponents on Saturday 16 May 1970 was Blantyre Victoria who they drew with 1–1, the crowd at the final was in excess of 30,000, with the replay attendance published at 14,225. Penicuik beat seven Junior clubs based in the West of Scotland to arrive at the final, here is how it was done in 1970, Round 1 v Tannochside Rec. The 1970s saw probably the most successful period in the history when a social club was built at the ground. Many local trophies were won and the team was considered as one of the teams in the East of Scotland. However the biggest prize of all, the Scottish Junior Cup still eluded the Athletic despite the club’s best efforts, the club’s fortunes fell into decline both on and off the park in the 1980s and the Social Club was forced to close in 1986 with mounting debts. The park had been used as security for loans and the creditors put the park up for sale to clear the debts. Throughout the 1990s several initiatives were embarked on to secure a new pitch, however they reformed in 2002 playing at their new home Penicuik Park in the centre of the town. Penicuik decided to set up a competition to design a club badge/logo which would be on the football strip, in order to involve the local community, four local primary schools were invited to submit designs to the club. The schools involved were, Sacred Heart, Cornbank, Mauricewood, there were over 100 entries to the competition and the winning design was submitted by Scott Anderson. Scott was presented with a plaque of the logo and a complete Penicuik Athletic youth strip, a plaque is displayed in the new changing rooms. The presentation was made to the winner, Scott Anderson, age 11, from Mauricewood Primary, by Club President, John Fraser, Penicuik Athletic were accepted back into the re-organised East Region and took their place in the second division in season 2002–03
Heart of Midlothian F.C.
Heart of Midlothian Football Club, commonly known as Hearts, is a Scottish professional football club based in Gorgie in the west of Edinburgh. It is currently the only Scottish Premiership club in the city, with Edinburgh derby rivals Hibernian playing in the Scottish Championship and Edinburgh City playing in Scottish League Two. Hearts is the oldest football club in the Scottish capital, having formed in 1874 by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly Club. The modern club crest is based on the Heart of Midlothian mosaic on the citys Royal Mile, Hearts play at Tynecastle Stadium, where home matches have been played since 1886. Their current training facilities are at the nearby Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, the clubs most successful period was under Tommy Walker from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s. They won seven trophies in this period and were runners up for five others, Jimmy Wardhaugh, Willie Bauld and Alfie Conn, Sr. known affectionately as the Terrible Trio were famed forwards at the start of this period with wing half lynch pins Dave Mackay and John Cumming. Wardhaugh was part of another notable Hearts attacking trinity in the 1957–58 league winning side, along with Jimmy Murray and Alex Young they set the record for the number of goals scored in that league winning campaign. In doing so became the only side to finish a season with a goal difference exceeding 100. Hearts have won the Scottish Cup eight times, most recently in 2012 after a 5–1 win over city-rivals Hibernian, Hearts four Scottish League Cup triumphs were all under Walker, most recently a 1–01962 Scottish League Cup Final victory against Kilmarnock. The most recent Scottish League Cup Final appearance was in 2013 when they lost to St Mirren 3–2, in 1958, Heart of Midlothian became the third Scottish and fifth British team to compete in European competition at the time. The club reached the quarter-finals of the 1988–89 UEFA Cup, losing out to Bayern Munich 2–1 on aggregate, the club was formed by a group of friends from the Heart of Midlothian Quadrille Assembly Club. The group of friends bought a ball before playing local rules football at the Tron from where they were directed by a policeman to The Meadows to play. Local rules football was a mix of rugby and football as we know it, in December 1873 a match was held between XIs selected by Mr Thomson from Queens Park and Mr Gardner from Clydesdale at Raimes Park in Bonnington. This was the first time that Association rules had seen in Edinburgh. Members from the dance club viewed the match and in 1874 decided to adopt the association rules, the new side was Heart of Mid-Lothian Football Club. The earliest mention of Heart of Midlothian in a context is a report in The Scotsman newspaper from 20 July 1864 of The Scotsman vs Heart of Mid-Lothian at cricket. It is not known if this was the club who went on to form the football club. The club took its name from the Heart of Midlothian jail, by becoming members of the Scottish Association Hearts were able to play in the Scottish Cup for the first time
Aberdeen Football Club are a Scottish professional football club based in Aberdeen, Scotland. They compete in the Scottish Premiership and have never relegated from the top division of the Scottish football league system since they were promoted in 1905. Aberdeen have won four Scottish league titles, seven Scottish Cups and they are also the only Scottish team to have won two European trophies, having won the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup in 1983. Aberdeen were the last club outside of the Old Firm to win a title, in 1984–85. The team has enjoyed success since this golden era, though a 19-year wait for a major trophy was ended by winning the 2013–14 Scottish League Cup. Aberdeen have played at Pittodrie Stadium since their inception, the ground currently has a capacity of 20,866 and was the first all-seated and all-covered stadium in the United Kingdom. Pittodrie was also the first football stadium to feature a dug-out, the clubs colours have been primarily red and white since 1939, before this, they played in black and gold vertical stripes. Aberdeen attract support from the city and surrounding areas, as they are the senior team within a wide area. Aberdeen have no close rivals, their nearest neighbours at the same level are in the city of Dundee. The current Aberdeen F. C. was formed following the merger of three based in the city—Aberdeen, Victoria United and Orion—in 1903. The new club played its first match on 15 August 1903 and that first season produced a win in the Aberdeenshire Cup, but only a third-place finish in the Northern League. The club applied for membership of the Scottish League for the following season, in 1904, the club were managed by Jimmy Philip. At the end of its first season, despite having finished seventh out of teams, Aberdeen were elected to the new. They have remained in the top tier of Scottish football ever since, from 1906, the club made steady progress, with a Scottish Cup semi-final appearance in 1908 and another in 1911. In that season of 1910–11, Aberdeen recorded their first victories over the Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers, and led the league for a time, wartime affected the club as much as any other, despite spending cuts and other economies, by 1917 the situation became untenable. Aberdeen dropped out of football, along with Dundee and Raith Rovers. Senior football returned on 16 August 1919, and Aberdeen resumed with a fixture against Albion Rovers, Philip was still in charge, and continued to oversee a team capable of isolated good results, but never quite able to sustain a challenge long enough to win a trophy. In 1923, Aberdeen were drawn against Peterhead in the Scottish Cup, Philip retired a year later, and was replaced as manager by Paddy Travers
San Antonio Thunder
The San Antonio Thunder were an American soccer team founded in 1975 as a member of the North American Soccer League. The team existed only two seasons in San Antonio before moving to Hawaii, the team was owned by Herman Warden Ward Lay, Jr. son of the founder of the Frito-Lay potato chip empire. Coached by Luis Sagastume in 1975, the Thunder played their games at North East Stadium. In 1976, they played their games at Alamo Stadium, following the 1976 season, the team moved to Hawaii where they became Team Hawaii. The franchise existed for one season as Team Hawaii and later relocated again to Oklahoma, playing seven additional seasons as the Tulsa Roughnecks
Hakoah Sydney City East FC
Hakoah Sydney City East Football Club is an Australian semi-professional soccer club based in Sydney, New South Wales. The club was formed in 1939 as Sydney Hakoah by members of Sydneys Jewish community and they played between 1977 and 1986 in the National Soccer League as Eastern Suburbs and Sydney City. The club currently competes in the National Premier Leagues NSW, with games played from Hensley Athletic Field, in January 1939 a small group of Jewish Immigrants, who had been kicking a ball at Rushcutters Bay each Sunday, met to discuss the formation of a soccer club. That meeting resulted in the birth of Sydney Hakoah Football Club, the team played in distinctive blue and white striped shirts with Magen David badge which was to become famous as the colours and emblem of Hakoah. Admitted to the newly created first division of the New South Wales Soccer Federation following the breakaway of a number of clubs from the FIFA associated Soccer Association in 1956/57. Made the first appointment in Australia of a coach and secretary/manager. In 1977 Hakoah underwent a name changed to Eastern Suburbs Hakoah, name changed to Sydney City in 1978 and the home ground moved from Wentworth Park to ES Marks Field in a successful year for the club. Eddie Thomson became coach in 1979 and together with manager Andrew Lederer led the Club through its years as Australias most successful. In 1987 Sydney City withdrew mid-season as the most successful club in League history, since 1988 to Today, Sydney City have competed in the NSW State League North Conference in the NSW State Leagues. Recently, they have moved up through the New South Wales football ranks and have been promoted rapidly, in 2012 they also won the double as State League Division Two Premiers and Grand Final Champions under the Hakoah FC banner playing out of Hensley Athletic Field. They are currently in National Premier Leagues NSW for the 2016 season
Scottish Football League XI
The Scottish League XI was a representative side of the Scottish Football League. The team regularly played against the Football League and other national league teams between 1892 and 1980. For a long period the annual fixture between the English and Scottish leagues was only second in importance to the matches between the two national teams. The fixture declined in importance after regular European club competition was instituted in the 1950s, a match involving a Scottish League XI was last played in 1990, to mark the centenary of the League. Soon after the creation of the Scottish Football League in 1890, an Anglo-Scottish league match was first played in April 1892 at Pikes Lane, Bolton and ended in a 2–2 draw. The first Football League team contained Scottish players and this practice did not continue, however, as Scots were not selected for the Football League again until the 1960s, by when the match was declining in importance. A return match was played at Celtic Park in April 1893, in the same year, the Scottish League played its first match against the Irish League XI, in Belfast. The increased importance of the Southern League was reflected when a fixture was played between the Scottish League and the Southern League for the first time, at Millwall in October 1910, the Southern League won both that fixture and a match against The Football League in the same year. These matches continued until the First World War, after which the Southern League was absorbed into the Football League, the SFL defended their right to use the term in Scottish advertising of the fixture. The Scottish League team was always at a disadvantage compared to the Scotland national team many of the better Scottish players were contracted to English clubs. Despite this handicap, the Scottish League team performed well before the fixtures were stopped due to the First World War. Their birthplace meant that they were ineligible to play for the national team, despite these efforts, the Scottish League team suffered heavy defeats against the Football League in 1928 and 1930. The match continued to be played because the fixtures in Scotland were well attended, the higher attendances in Scotland reflected the greater interest in the fixture there. Some venues in England had good attendance though, particularly Newcastle, matches against the Irish League XI were poorly attended. Even in the years of the fixture, steps were taken to improve attendance, such as moving it around Scotland. For example, the match in 1900 was played at Easter Road, just before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the Scottish League played its first match against the League of Ireland XI. The clubs in the then Irish Free State had formed their own League of Ireland after the partition of Ireland in 1922, the League of Ireland XI surprisingly won 2–1 against a strong Scottish League XI. Only one inter-league match was played during the Second World War, the Scottish League XI selected Matt Busby, who was then playing as a guest for Hibernian