Scott Thomson
Thomson as Hibernian goalkeeping coach in 2009
Personal information
Full name Scott Yuill Thomson[1]
Date of birth (1966-11-08) 8 November 1966 (age 55)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Ross County (goalkeeping coach)
Youth career
1984 Hutchison Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1991 Dundee United 6 (0)
1991Raith Rovers (loan) 1 (0)
1991–1993 Forfar Athletic 88 (0)
1993–1997 Raith Rovers 122 (0)
1997–1998 Hull City 9 (0)
1998Motherwell (loan) 1 (0)
1998–2000 Airdrieonians 30 (0)
2000–2005 Dunfermline Athletic 11 (0)
2003Brechin City (loan) 14 (0)
Total 282 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Scott Yuill Thomson (born 8 November 1966 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football goalkeeper, who played mainly for Raith Rovers and won the 1994 Scottish League Cup Final when the Stark's Park club defeated Celtic at Ibrox Park. Since retiring as a player, he has worked as a goalkeeping coach.

Playing career

Thomson started his professional career at Dundee United. He made his first team debut on 2 May 1987 in a 2–1 victory at Tannadice against Hibernian, but went on to play just five other first team games for the club before being loaned out to Barnsley. He signed for Forfar Athletic in 1991 before joining Raith Rovers in 1993.

During his time at Stark's Park, Thomson played in over 100 first team games, winning the Scottish Football League First Division and Scottish League Cup. Thomson famously saved the decisive penalty kick from Paul McStay in the 1994 Scottish League Cup Final.[2] Thomson had been sent off in the semi-final against Airdrieonians; substitute Brian Potter saved a penalty that allowed Raith to progress to the final.[3] Thomson played a key role as Raith set up a lucrative UEFA Cup tie against Bayern Munich.[4]

Thomson went on to have spells at Hull City, then a loan spell from the English club at Motherwell, before joining Airdrieonians in 1998. Thomson finished his career playing at Dunfermline Athletic, where he played alongside Scott M. Thomson (as had briefly been the case at Raith), although part of his final season was at Brechin City on loan.[5]


Thomson was given his first coaching job at Dunfermline Athletic while still technically registered as a player.[2] At East End Park Thomson forged a special bond with striker Craig Brewster and goalkeeper Derek Stillie and later joined them both at Tannadice when the striker was appointed player-manager of Dundee United. Thomson remained as goalkeeping coach under Craig Levein after the departure of Brewster and Stillie. Thomson was released from his contract in May 2009 after Levein stated his intention to appoint an experienced player who could also coach, rather than a specialist coach like Thomson.[6][7] Thomson was then hired by Hibernian to serve as their goalkeeping coach, replacing Gordon Marshall.[8] Thomson departed Hibernian in the summer of 2014 and subsequently joined Ross County.[9]

Personal life

He is the father of current Raith Rovers goalkeeper Robbie Thomson.


Raith Rovers



  1. ^ "Scott Y. Thomson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Campbell, Alan (21 November 2004). "Legends reunite to toast Raith's most famous hour". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  3. ^ Elder, Matthew (3 June 2014). "A special reunion 20 years on". Fife Free Press. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Thomson earns bonus from ragged Raith". The Independent. 27 September 1995. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Bank books stay closed". BBC Sport. 1 February 2003. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Scott Thomson leaves United". Dundee United F.C. official website. 25 May 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  7. ^ Duthie, Tom (25 May 2009). "Climate of change". Evening Telegraph. Archived from the original on 28 September 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  8. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (8 July 2009). "Hibs switch goalkeeping targets". BBC Sport. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  9. ^ Thomson joins Ross County, SPFL
  10. ^ a b c McCabe, Paul. "Raith Rovers' Coca Cola Cup hero goalie into Hall of Fame". Retrieved 9 April 2019.