Jimmy Thomson

Player – Senior Flag

Broncos – #46

2001 – Present

In 2018 Jimmy will be playing with the Grangemouth Broncos in the BAFA Premier North Conference

 

 

Jimmy Thomson began playing American Football in 1987 after seeing the Clydesdale Colts playing a demonstration match at a village Gala Day. He joined his nearest team, the Lothian Chieftains, as a running back. After two years, he moved to the Forth Valley Generals, the club that would eventually become the Grangemouth Broncos.

In 1994, Jimmy played his last tackle football game against the University of Stirling Clansmen, a team he now follows very closely. He is quite proud of the fact that he helped seal the win by running in a two point conversion in the dying seconds of a close game.

In 2000, he was invited to help coach some kids playing a new version of American Football, 5-on-5 Flag Football. It didn’t take him long to realise he still had the skills to play this non-contact version of the game. To say this gave new life to his sporting career is an understatement.

Since the Broncos Senior team first took to the field in 2001 Jimmy has played in all but a handful of the Broncos games.

In 2005 Jimmy was voted the SFFA Senior Coach of the Year AND the Senior Player of the Year.

In 2007 Jimmy travelled to Sestola in Italy as a reserve for the Great Britain team at the European Championships. He played in a friendly match against Germany there and later in the year played against Ireland in a tournament in Belfast.

Jimmy has maintained his association with the GB Lions team and is currently an assistant coach.

Jimmy has also featured a number of times in competitive matches for Scotland through the years. In his last few games for the national team, he was one of a number of undefeated players in the Home Nations competitions from 2009 to 2012. He is still a coach with the HNC Chieftains (effectively the Scotland team).

Asked if he will eventually give up playing Flag, he replies, “I am still having way too much fun. If it stops being fun, then maybe. But only maybe.”

As at 30/09/2018

Senior Games Scores
Played Won Lost Tied TDs XPs 2XPs Pick 6 Safety 2pt Ret Points
Broncos 287 183 100 4 118 57 1 1 773
Colts 3 1  1 1

Until 24/06/2018 was the All Time Points Scored leader for the Senior team. He remains the all time leader in games played (Club and Senior)

Club Awards

2018
Grangemouth Flag Football Comedy Award 2018

2016-17
Broncos NFL Fantasy League Winner

2015-16
Broncos NFL Fantasy League Winner

2008
Senior MVP

National Flag Awards
2005 – Senior Player of the Year
2005 – Senior Coach of the Year

4x Division Winner with the Broncos (2014-17)
3x National Quarter Finals with the Broncos (2014-16)
NuOla Winter Classic Tournament Runner Up with the Broncos January 2014

Flagging New Year Winner 2016
World Record Holder after completing the 26 hour Flag game in 2012
Currently Club Chairman

National and International

Scotland
Multiple wins in Scotland v England Internationals as coach and player
3 times Home Nations Champions as a player (2009, 2010 and 2011)
Home Nations Winner as a coach 2012 (and Home Nations Fair Play Award after coaching Barbarians team)

HNC Chieftains
Two times Super Fives winner as a coach in 2017

Great Britain
Played in competitive game for GB against All-Ireland in International tournament in Belfast.
Played for Great Britain in two friendly matches – Germany (2007), Ireland (2013)
Member of the Great Britain Staff at the 2011 European Championships in Thonon Les Bains, France
Member of the Great Britain Staff at the 2013 European Championships in Pesaro, Italy
Assistant Great Britain Coach at 2014 World Championships in Grosetto, Italy
Assistant Great Britain Coach at 2015 European Championships in Madrid, Spain
Assistant Great Britain Coach at 2016 World Championships in Florida, USA
Assistant Great Britain Coach, but didn’t travel, for 2017 European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark