December 7, 1895
Although not unexpected, the death at a comparatively early age of Mr. William Thomson, the once popular inside right wing forward of the Third Lanark F.C., will be received with widespread regret throughout. The football world.
The ex-Volunteer had been in but different health for some time past owing to an infection of the throat, and finally succumbed to the disease. He is a brother of the present secretary of the club, Mr. J. Thomson, and in his time had few equals and no superiors as an inside right forward, certainly no player of that period (1887 to 1890); was so deadly in front of goal.
The Marshall-Thomson combination was the very acme of scientific football, and much of the club’s success on the field in these days was due to the brilliant and effective work of these two men. The deceased made his debut on the football field in the ranks of the Luton, among the very first clubs to play Preston North End at Preston.
He migrated from the Luton to the Possilpark, and thence to Third Lanark, of which club he remained a member up to the time of his death. Mr. Thomson was a teacher by profession, and had long been associated with the Academy at Airdrie. He leaves a widow and two young children for whom much sympathy will be expressed in their sad bereavement.
(Source: Glasgow Evening Post: December 7, 1895)