Before joining the professional ranks of top flight football, Thatcher studied unsuccessfully for two years at Canterbury Christ Church University. He was a distinguished player for their University 1st team and represented England University XI. Thatcher was the first member of Canterbury Christ Church University to represent his nation.
In October 2004, John Toshack was appointed new Welsh national team coach, but Thatcher did not play any games under Toshack, due to suspensions and injuries. Thatcher did not play Wales' 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against England and Poland in early September 2005 on grounds of injury, while playing full time three days later when Manchester City met inter-city rivals Manchester United. This angered John Toshack, and Thatcher was categorically left out of the Welsh national team in September 2005. Since then, he has not been selected for Wales.
The incident was the second time in less than three weeks that a Thatcher elbow had hospitalised an opponent, following an incident on August 4 in a pre-season tour of China, when his challenge caused a career-threatening collapsed lung in Yang Chungang, a 20-year-old midfielder from Shanghai Shenhua. Thatcher isn't new to controversy, as he has produced similar challenges against Nicky Summerbee (playing for Wimbledon against Sunderland) and Allan Nielsen of Tottenham Hotspur. He is also facing possible action from Lancashire Police over a clash with ex-Blackburn Rovers player Ralph Welch during a reserve game at Ewood Park in February 2006.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Others||Total|
|Tottenham Hotspur F.C.||2000–01||12||0||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
|Leicester City F.C.||2003–04||29||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||29||1|
|Manchester City F.C.||2004–05||18||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||21||0|
|Charlton Athletic F.C.||2006–07||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||0|
|Ipswich Town F.C.||2008–09||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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