£2m centre would be a fitting tribute to our John

From left: Cardenden councillor Mark Hood with Alex Burns
From left: Cardenden councillor Mark Hood with Alex Burns

AMBITIOUS plans to build a £2 million community indoor sports facility in Cardenden in tribute to the village’s football legend have been backed by Fife Council.

The project, led by the John Thomson memorial committee, aims to have a full size indoor synthetic football pitch built in the village.

The facility would be a living memorial to John Thomson - a local hero who was a goalkeeper for Celtic and Scotland.

He tragically lost his life during an Old Firm game in 1931.

Local councillor Mark Hood lodged a motion at the recent full Council meeting asking the local authority to support the plans.


He also invited elected members to acknowledge the sacrifice John Thomson made for football and the contribution he made to the sport in Scotland, and to praise the work of the John Thomson memorial committee in keeping his story alive and making such a positive contribution to the community.

Councillor Hood’s motion revealed the committee is planning a memorial walk from Glasgow to Bowhill to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the footballer’s death this September.

All proceeds from the memorial walk will go towards the new sports facility.

The Labour councillor said: “This is a very ambitious project, but given the determination the John Thomson memorial committee has shown in the past I don’t think anyone would bet against them making this a success.

“With the unanimous support from the Council, the committee has built a strong team of local football clubs, businesses, voluntary organisations all committed to supporting the project.”

Best facilities

He said the new centre will ensure that local clubs and players have access to the best facilities.

Alex Burns, chairman of the John Thomson memorial committee, said: “We are really pleased to be getting this much support so early in the life of the project.

“I can think of no more a fitting memorial to John Thomson than to have the facility that will help young players and local clubs.”

Mr Burns thanked everyone who has supported the project so far, adding: “I look forward to working with everyone in making the John Thomson memorial facility a reality.”