Date of birth
Joe Thompson is a midfielder who returned to Rochdale to sign a six-month contract in August 2016.
This deal was later extended by a further 18 months.
The 28-year-old came through the youth system at the Crown Oil Arena and was given his first team bow in the final home game of the 2005/06 season against Carlisle United.
He went on to make a handful of starts and further substitute appearances during the following campaign, as well as earning national recognition when he was named League Two Apprentice of the Year at the Football League’s annual awards’ ceremony.
Thompson scored his first goal for Dale with a fine header against Darlington in the opening game of 2008, but this was eclipsed in January 2009 when he hit a 17-minute first half hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Aldershot.
He continued to be a regular in the team over the next three years, clocking up over 150 appearances and helping Dale to promotion in 2010, before leaving for Tranmere in July 2012.
Thompson re-joined Dale for a brief loan spell towards the end of the 2012/13 campaign and has also appeared for Bury, Wrexham, Southport and Carlisle in recent years.