Originally from Otorohanga, New Zealand, Archie Thompson began his football career in Bathurst. Thompson created a world record for the most goals in an international match, scoring 13 against American Samoa in 2001. The livewire striker played for Belgium club Lierse SK before returning to Australia to play for Melbourne Victory in 2006. Thompson was influential in their 2006/07 A-League victory, scoring five goals in the 6-0 final. At 29, Thompson was chosen as one of the overage players to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Australian side finished in 11th place.