Remembering Steve ThomsonSteve Thomson, a sports journalist for more than 35 years, has died, aged 61.
The Sports Journalist Association tribute
Thomson, most recently a production journalist at the Daily Telegraph, shared an interest in all sports.
Born in Manchester, he gained a BA in English with American literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
Thomson worked for a local paper in Eccles and covered Swinton rugby league club, before joining the sports desk at the Oxford Mail in the early 1980s before leaving for the Reading Evening Post, where he covered Reading FC.
Later, he joined the Press Association before returning to Reading, then embarking on a career which included a long spell with the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, for whom he covered games all over the country.
His love for sport was matched by his love for the animal world and Steve also wrote features on the birdlife of the Scottish Highlands, Andalucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Israel.
He was also a member of Wokingham RSPB Group, helping to edit their newsletter and organise all their indoor speakers, as well as editing the newsletter of Reading Ramblers’ Club.
Steve Latter, Head of Telegraph Production (Sport), said: “Steve was a highly valued member of the team at Telegraph Sport, where he worked for more than 20 years. He was a hard-working, talented and meticulous journalist with an encyclopedic knowledge of football in particular. He was very much a team player, particularly when it came to turning out for the Telegraph football side in various ‘friendlies’.
“He was a humble person, somewhat shy, but with strong opinions and passions. And he was always great company when we could find our way to the pub for a break. He was always a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed by all the team.”
Adam Sills, the Acting Head of Sport at the Telegraph, added: “Steve was a respected and valued member of our team for many years and will be missed by everybody who worked with him.
"His dedication to his job could not be faulted while he was a popular character with all his colleagues.”