Remembering football legend Thomson

Scott Brown at the John Thomson event held in Cardenden

Scott Brown at the John Thomson event held in Cardenden

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Celtic captain Scott Brown was among a group of fans who met in Cardenden on Sunday to pay their respects to legendary Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson, 80 years after his tragic death.

Prior to Sundays event, around 40 fans walked from Celtic Park to Thomson’s grave at Bowhill cemetery, re-enacting the trip made by thousands of mourners determined to pay their respects at the young ‘keeper’s funeral in 1931. Wreaths were laid on Sunday by representatives of Fife Council, Celtic supporters groups and by Celtic midfielder Brown on behalf of the club.

Thomson was a revelation in his day and became known as the “Prince of Goalkeepers”. He was just 22 years-old when he died following an accidental collision with Rangers forward Sam English after Thomson dived fearlessly at his feet.