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PersonalFullname: Andreas Thom
aka: Andy Thom
Born: 7 Sep 1965
Birthplace: Ruedersdorf, Germany
Signed: July 28th 1995
Left: 14 Jan 1998
Internationals: East Germany/Germany (after unification)
International Caps: 51 for East Germany, 10 for re-unified Germany
International Goals: 16 for East Germany, 2 for re-unified Germany
BiogGerman striker Andreas Thom arrived at Celtic from German side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 1995 for around £2.2million. He was a tremendous capture for Tommy Burns and went on to be a huge fan favourite over his three seasons with the club.
Thom was born and brought up in what was East Germany and spent much of his early career playing for Dynamo Berlin winning numerous championships with them and becoming a regular member of the East German national team. He made a big money transfer to Bayer Leverkusen in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin wall and remained with the club until June 1995. He was wanted by Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund but he chose to sign for Celtic.
Burns hoped that he would be a partner for Pierre van Hooijdonk and from his first game, Andreas showed the class that had made him a regular contender for German Player of the Season. He scored goals and he made a lot of goals for others.
Towards the end of his first season he was used in a more withdrawn role behind the front two of van Hooijdonk and Cadete and it was hoped that he would fit to this position in the following season. The end of his first season saw him as easily the Celtic Player of the Season and won the most Man of the Match awards and was generally the factor that got the team ahead as far as it did. His guile and craft added enormously to the team.
He started 96/97 in his more withdrawn midfield role. He provided the maturity up front and in the midfield along with Paul McStay but was not an automatic choice on the team sheet. In fact by January ’97 there were rumours that Burns was looking to sell him. A possible move to Karlsruhe fell through and he was allegedly told he could move at the end of the season if he found a club. Hertha Berlin then made a sustained bid for the player which came to nothing but he was thought to be off anyway.
He saw out half of the next season with Celtic being under-utilised by Jansen before going back to Germany and Hertha Berlin, his transformed Dynamo, for £275k in January 1998.
A popular player, a book was written about season 1997/98 mainly focussing on Andy Thom with the author using a pseudonym of "The Andy Thom Experience". A cult player for some!
He continued to play for Hertha till the end of the 00/01 season. In July 2002 he became Assistant Manager of the Hertha ‘B’ team moving on to become Assistant Manager of the senior team under Falko Gotz. He resigned when Gotz was sacked in April 2007.
|Club||From||To||Fee||League||Scottish Cup||League cup||Other|
|Hertha Berlin||14/01/1998|| 2001 ||£275,000||No appearance data available|
|Celtic||04/08/1995||14/01/1998||£2,200,000||58 (13)||14||6 (2)||2||10 (3)||4||4 (0)||4|
|B Leverkusen||01/08/1995||04/08/1995|| ||No appearance data available|
|Totals||£2,475,000||58 (13)||14||6 (2)||2||10 (3)||4||4 (0)||4|
| ||goals / game||0.19||0.25||0.3||1|
Fees1983-1990 BFC Dynamo. Sold to Bayer for 2.2M DM
1990-1995 TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen
1995-1998 Celtic. Arrived for club record of 2.2m from Bayer Leverkusen. Sold on to Hertha Berlin for 275k.
1998-2001 Hertha BSC
Honours (Germany)East German Player of the Year
- 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
- 1988, 1989
Honours with CelticScottish League
- Champion: 1998
InternationalsUEFA European Championship
- Runner-up 1992
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