Ian is a midfielder from Rochford. According to the Pink Un (24th
October 1998), Youth team coach Keith Webb
has a lot of time for Ian Thompson who plays primarily on the
right wing, a position he is making his own. "The Canaries
have a superb record of producing exciting wingers. Ian has no
doubt set his sights on following on in that great tradition"
wrote John Landamore. Ian's lightening pace, enthusiasm and
confidence are what endears him to the small band of supporters
who watch the Youth team."
In February 2001, Ian was released by Norwich and joined Canvey
Island. He spent loan spells with Great Wakering Rovers and Bishops
Stortford during the 2001/02 season. Canvey Island released Ian
during August 2002. He then signed for Maldon Town.
Ian then made the decision to undertake a four-year degree at
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, America. He now
combines his studies in airport administration and aeronautical
management whilst continuing to play a high standard of football
representing the university in the national league. Emory Riddle
is the number one flying school and aeronautical university in
America - in fact a quarter of the world's commercial pilots have
been educated here at Embry Riddle. There are 5,000 students here,
which is relatively small compared to most American universities,
and the campus is very close to Daytona racetrack. Many of its
students go on to become aerospace engineers, work for NASA or
train to become air-traffic controllers.