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Wideopen Juniors and The Stephen Thompson Foundation


Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson played for Wideopen Juniors in the mid 1990s. During that time he won Most Man of the Match Award and Players Player at Under 16s and Most of the Match Award at Under 18s. Stephen went on to play for a number of senior teams in the north east. Unfortunately, he died at the young age of 34 in December 2011 leaving a wife and daughter.

Stephen was a very keen Newcastle United supporter and was known to many as ‘Bowburn Mag’ while writing on the Newcastle United forum / blog. Stephen’s regular blogs were popular for their detail, insight and humour. For more information and links to some of Stephen’s great blogs, go to:



Read Stephen's NUFC blog (aka Bowburn Mag).

Stephen’s family and friends have set up the Stephen Thompson Foundation. They are raising funds for causes that were close to Stephen’s heart. It is hoped that Wideopen FC can work with the foundation in the future. They also have a Facebook page. Both of these websites provide information about fund-raising events. The Foundation aim to donate to junior football where Stephen was involved and to research into giant cell myocarditis.

Stephen Thompson’s parents undertook a sponsored walk, taking in all the clubs he played for from juniors. As he played for so many in so many different areas, they split it into 3 separate walks. If anyone would like to sponsor them they can via paypal, enter mdjrooke@hotmail.com then send money.

Presentation to Wideopen Juniors from the Stephen Thompson Foundation

Everyone at Wideopen Juniors would like to say thanks to the Stephen Thompson Foundation for their generous donation during which helped us buy new match footballs, training bibs bearing the Foundation name and an electric football pump. Some of the managers and young players came along on 3rd November 2012 to personally meet and thank Stephen's parents, Bob and Sue and his wife and daughter, Joanne and Emily.
Many thanks to Stephen's parents, Bob and Sue and to his wife and daughter, Joanne and Emily.