Vandals target goalie’s grave

CARDENDEN / Auchterderran; JOHN THOMSON grave / shrine'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

CARDENDEN / Auchterderran; JOHN THOMSON grave / shrine'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

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VILLAGERS in Cardenden have spoken of their shock after vandals eattacked the grave of Fife legend John Thomson.

Blue paint was poured around the area where Celtic keeper, who died in 1931, is buried – the evening before a walk was set to take place from Glasgow to Fife to mark the 80th anniversary of his death.

Other areas in Cardenden’s Bowhill Cemetery were also damaged and police are now hunting the culprits who have been described by a local councillor as “mindless thugs.”

Mark Hood, councillor for Lochgelly and Cardenden, said: “This was so disappointing, which is a feeling that is spread across supporters of all clubs.

Disgusted

“I’ve spoken to both fans from Celtic, Rangers and other clubs who are all disgusted at this malicious and derogatory act. It is distressing and upsetting.”

David Taylor, secretary of Cardenden and Kinglassie Community Council said: “I’m shocked that anybody should do such a stupid thing.

“In the wake of the John Thomson celebrations something like this only brings adverse publicity which we don’t want.

‘‘I can’t understand why anyone would do this.

“I don’t know if there was a sectarian aspect to this, but his grave has been unspoiled for 80 years. It’s the first time that something like that has happened around here.

“Many people don’t know that John Thomson himself was a protestant yet he went on to play for Celtic. He was able to cross the religious divide.

“We were able to get the site cleaned up in time for the walkers arriving for the service on Sunday so hopefully that’s the end of it.”

Cllr Hood added: “It was wonderful to see how hard members of the memorial committee, people from Celtic Football Club and members of the public worked tirelessly to clear up all the mess that was made.

“In no way were the weekend’s celebrations spoiled by these thugs.”