Louis: If you’re good enough you are old enough

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Louis Thompson Louis Thompson

LOUIS Thompson has saluted Swindon Town’s renewed desire to give homegrown youth a chance.

Several academy graduates have played major roles in the Robins’ recent run of good form - with Miles Storey scoring in victories against Tranmere Rovers and Sheffield United, Louis Thompson netting the winner against the Blades and his brother Nathan captaining the team to their longest unbeaten streak in League One all season.

Louis, who has been on Town’s books since the ripe old age of eight, stressed that under previous regimes the younger element of the squad was not given a fair chance to prove their worth.

This season, with a model in place designed to achieve sustainability over the coming two years, the midfielder emphasised that is no longer the case.

He told the Advertiser: “When you look at the team you can see that we’ve been given a chance to prove ourselves. In previous years if someone got injured or something like that, they’d bring in an emergency loan - an experienced player.

“The young lads coming in and coming through the academy especially is a great credit to the club and proves how well they’re doing.

“We’ve had our chance, we’ve got a lot to thank the club for. They’ve brought me through right since I was eight or nine years old so I’ve got a lot of people here who I grew up with.

“I’ve just got to thank them and the manager now - Luke (Williams, assistant coach) and the gaffer. They’ve brought a different side to my game and it’s an honour to have them here.

“It also gives people like Jeremy Newton (academy director) and Jamie Pitman (youth team manager) a bit of a boost to know that if they produce players they’re going to get a chance - they’re not just going to sit out and fall by the wayside.

“If you produce well you always know when you’re here that you’re going to get a chance. There’s never a time when you get disheartened because you can see that when someone gets injured they don’t just go into the loan market. They try to use who they’ve got and if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

“That’s the motto of this club.”

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5:43am Thu 3 Apr 14

Swindonfan says...

Louis what a gent, Nathan and Louis legends
Louis what a gent, Nathan and Louis legends Swindonfan
  • Score: 15

7:04am Thu 3 Apr 14

mancrobin says...

And you most certainly are good enough Louis. Just getting better all the it me and now an automatic choice in my view.
And you most certainly are good enough Louis. Just getting better all the it me and now an automatic choice in my view. mancrobin
  • Score: 17

9:29am Thu 3 Apr 14

LeGod says...

I think Louis is a great little player and to me should be given more game time.
He's a tenacious player and has a great future and i can see him and Nathan being in the first team for a long time and i think now as he has got more games under his belt he will just get better and better and its great to have young local players coming through the ranks and with 3 playing saturday its quite unusual for that to happen at any club and alot of credit has to go to the youth policy at the club.
Well done Louis on scoring that goal saturday and you and your brother are a credit to this football club with your attitudes.
I think Louis is a great little player and to me should be given more game time. He's a tenacious player and has a great future and i can see him and Nathan being in the first team for a long time and i think now as he has got more games under his belt he will just get better and better and its great to have young local players coming through the ranks and with 3 playing saturday its quite unusual for that to happen at any club and alot of credit has to go to the youth policy at the club. Well done Louis on scoring that goal saturday and you and your brother are a credit to this football club with your attitudes. LeGod
  • Score: 14

10:04am Thu 3 Apr 14

Old-Stager, Hilperton says...

Maybe we are at the dawn on another great "Bert Head" team from the early sixties; a young local Swindon Town team fondly remembered by the older generation of Town Fans, the team that really put us on the front page of sports news at the time.
Louis Thompson could well be the next player to leave us for £1,000,000 Plus.
Maybe we are at the dawn on another great "Bert Head" team from the early sixties; a young local Swindon Town team fondly remembered by the older generation of Town Fans, the team that really put us on the front page of sports news at the time. Louis Thompson could well be the next player to leave us for £1,000,000 Plus. Old-Stager, Hilperton
  • Score: 8

11:37am Thu 3 Apr 14

LionelHutz says...

I just pray we can keep both Louis and Nathan for a good few years. STFC legends in the making.
I just pray we can keep both Louis and Nathan for a good few years. STFC legends in the making. LionelHutz
  • Score: 8

1:22pm Thu 3 Apr 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

its good to see those boys in the first team but as for the rest of our youth academy??cooper hasn't watched waldon,francis,jacks
on all season.lee power is introducing kids from spurs or frees and its only cos of injuries and suspensions storey and waldon have been given a chance.glad storey has made cooper eat his words about being not his teams kind of player!
its good to see those boys in the first team but as for the rest of our youth academy??cooper hasn't watched waldon,francis,jacks on all season.lee power is introducing kids from spurs or frees and its only cos of injuries and suspensions storey and waldon have been given a chance.glad storey has made cooper eat his words about being not his teams kind of player! uruguay whitey the red
  • Score: -1

2:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

the wizard says...

And lets not forget the input in years gone by, by the likes of Dave Byrne and Paul Bodin. The crop of youngsters here right now I find to be exiting, and I am very pleased they are being given the chance to shine. I know it will rankle with some, but for me, home before loan every time, The more chances they get to enhance their experience and knowledge of the game the better.
PDC did away with the development /reserve side, but as, if and when money allows I would love it to be reinstated, as it fulfills several options in player improvement and aiding players back from injury towards full match fitness. I applaud the Thompson's and their attitude and disposition on and off the field. Two very promising young players, of which we should be very proud.
And lets not forget the input in years gone by, by the likes of Dave Byrne and Paul Bodin. The crop of youngsters here right now I find to be exiting, and I am very pleased they are being given the chance to shine. I know it will rankle with some, but for me, home before loan every time, The more chances they get to enhance their experience and knowledge of the game the better. PDC did away with the development /reserve side, but as, if and when money allows I would love it to be reinstated, as it fulfills several options in player improvement and aiding players back from injury towards full match fitness. I applaud the Thompson's and their attitude and disposition on and off the field. Two very promising young players, of which we should be very proud. the wizard
  • Score: 7

6:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

umpcah says...

the wizard wrote:
And lets not forget the input in years gone by, by the likes of Dave Byrne and Paul Bodin. The crop of youngsters here right now I find to be exiting, and I am very pleased they are being given the chance to shine. I know it will rankle with some, but for me, home before loan every time, The more chances they get to enhance their experience and knowledge of the game the better.
PDC did away with the development /reserve side, but as, if and when money allows I would love it to be reinstated, as it fulfills several options in player improvement and aiding players back from injury towards full match fitness. I applaud the Thompson's and their attitude and disposition on and off the field. Two very promising young players, of which we should be very proud.
WIZ : " Homegrown " youngsters such as the Thompsons together with promising youngsters scooped up from non-league clubs will always keep the interest of fans. However they have to be fit and mature enough before injecting into the rough and tumble of League One footie. Borrowed players are often good stopgaps to be used while the youngsters are developed - but YES home before loan as much as possible !
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: And lets not forget the input in years gone by, by the likes of Dave Byrne and Paul Bodin. The crop of youngsters here right now I find to be exiting, and I am very pleased they are being given the chance to shine. I know it will rankle with some, but for me, home before loan every time, The more chances they get to enhance their experience and knowledge of the game the better. PDC did away with the development /reserve side, but as, if and when money allows I would love it to be reinstated, as it fulfills several options in player improvement and aiding players back from injury towards full match fitness. I applaud the Thompson's and their attitude and disposition on and off the field. Two very promising young players, of which we should be very proud.[/p][/quote]WIZ : " Homegrown " youngsters such as the Thompsons together with promising youngsters scooped up from non-league clubs will always keep the interest of fans. However they have to be fit and mature enough before injecting into the rough and tumble of League One footie. Borrowed players are often good stopgaps to be used while the youngsters are developed - but YES home before loan as much as possible ! umpcah
  • Score: 1

6:46pm Thu 3 Apr 14

London Red says...

uruguay whitey the red wrote:
its good to see those boys in the first team but as for the rest of our youth academy??cooper hasn't watched waldon,francis,jacks

on all season.lee power is introducing kids from spurs or frees and its only cos of injuries and suspensions storey and waldon have been given a chance.glad storey has made cooper eat his words about being not his teams kind of player!
That's total bull!
.
Storey was involved at the start of the season - but simply failed to deliver in a wide forward position the 4231 formation played
.
It was because if that we went out and got Ajose and N'Guessan
.
It was that which led to Cooper to say Storey struggled in that formation and he was right - it is now we are playing 2 up top that Storey is performing
.
Louis too has played well over 30 games showing if you are good enough you WILL play!
.
Also if you look back over the team sheets you will see we have had scholers on the bench this season
.
Players have not been "held back" by "spurs or frees" - they simply have not been upto the same standard
.
Should Wes step Side for Bedwell?
.
Troy for Oakley?
.
Ranger (when fit) for Francis?
.
Or should we play the best players available?
[quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: its good to see those boys in the first team but as for the rest of our youth academy??cooper hasn't watched waldon,francis,jacks on all season.lee power is introducing kids from spurs or frees and its only cos of injuries and suspensions storey and waldon have been given a chance.glad storey has made cooper eat his words about being not his teams kind of player![/p][/quote]That's total bull! . Storey was involved at the start of the season - but simply failed to deliver in a wide forward position the 4231 formation played . It was because if that we went out and got Ajose and N'Guessan . It was that which led to Cooper to say Storey struggled in that formation and he was right - it is now we are playing 2 up top that Storey is performing . Louis too has played well over 30 games showing if you are good enough you WILL play! . Also if you look back over the team sheets you will see we have had scholers on the bench this season . Players have not been "held back" by "spurs or frees" - they simply have not been upto the same standard . Should Wes step Side for Bedwell? . Troy for Oakley? . Ranger (when fit) for Francis? . Or should we play the best players available? London Red
  • Score: 2

8:13pm Thu 3 Apr 14

jayden says...

London Red wrote:
uruguay whitey the red wrote:
its good to see those boys in the first team but as for the rest of our youth academy??cooper hasn't watched waldon,francis,jacks


on all season.lee power is introducing kids from spurs or frees and its only cos of injuries and suspensions storey and waldon have been given a chance.glad storey has made cooper eat his words about being not his teams kind of player!
That's total bull!
.
Storey was involved at the start of the season - but simply failed to deliver in a wide forward position the 4231 formation played
.
It was because if that we went out and got Ajose and N'Guessan
.
It was that which led to Cooper to say Storey struggled in that formation and he was right - it is now we are playing 2 up top that Storey is performing
.
Louis too has played well over 30 games showing if you are good enough you WILL play!
.
Also if you look back over the team sheets you will see we have had scholers on the bench this season
.
Players have not been "held back" by "spurs or frees" - they simply have not been upto the same standard
.
Should Wes step Side for Bedwell?
.
Troy for Oakley?
.
Ranger (when fit) for Francis?
.
Or should we play the best players available?
Think you will find story got injured then got half fit then could not get in the team because we were playing well. Wish people would get the facts right about story . And Bedwell is number 3 keeper its" Repeat after me" Belford who is number 2.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: its good to see those boys in the first team but as for the rest of our youth academy??cooper hasn't watched waldon,francis,jacks on all season.lee power is introducing kids from spurs or frees and its only cos of injuries and suspensions storey and waldon have been given a chance.glad storey has made cooper eat his words about being not his teams kind of player![/p][/quote]That's total bull! . Storey was involved at the start of the season - but simply failed to deliver in a wide forward position the 4231 formation played . It was because if that we went out and got Ajose and N'Guessan . It was that which led to Cooper to say Storey struggled in that formation and he was right - it is now we are playing 2 up top that Storey is performing . Louis too has played well over 30 games showing if you are good enough you WILL play! . Also if you look back over the team sheets you will see we have had scholers on the bench this season . Players have not been "held back" by "spurs or frees" - they simply have not been upto the same standard . Should Wes step Side for Bedwell? . Troy for Oakley? . Ranger (when fit) for Francis? . Or should we play the best players available?[/p][/quote]Think you will find story got injured then got half fit then could not get in the team because we were playing well. Wish people would get the facts right about story . And Bedwell is number 3 keeper its" Repeat after me" Belford who is number 2. jayden
  • Score: 1

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