Pilgrimage to mark 80 years since goalie’s death

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A FIFE-BASED group is to set out on a walk in memory of one of the Kingdom’s most famous sons.

The John Thomson Memorial Committee (JTMC) will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of the former Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper by walking from Glasgow to Cardenden.

Around 60 enthusiasts will take part in the John Thomson 80th anniversary Memorial Pilgrimage walk, setting off from Celtic Park.


The JTMC will be joined by members of the Celtic Graves Society and they will re-create the steps that many Thomson admirers took to attend his funeral in September 1931.

The walk will begin on September 2 and aims to arrive in Cardenden on the morning of September 4 to coincide with the JTMC’s annual football tournament.

Thomson, who was raised in Cardenden, died aged 22 in 1931 after sustaining a head injury during a Rangers-Celtic match.

Alex Burns, chairman of Cardenden Community Council, said: “This is a magnificent gesture by those taking part.”

The pilgrimage walkers will be raising funds for the JTMC’s ambitious plans for a multi-purpose sports and recreational centre which they hope to build on behalf of the community as a permanent tribute to Thomson.

Mark Hood, councillor for Lochgelly and Cardenden, who is participating in the walk, said: “The walk is a very fitting memorial to one of Fife’s greatest sporting heroes.”


The annual primary schools’ football tournament will provide the cornerstone of a weekend of celebrations on Sunday, September 4 at Moorside Park, Dundonald where children from local primary schools will compete for the coveted John Thomson Memorial Trophy.

A prize giving ceremony in Bowhill War Memorial Club will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Thomson’s graveside in Bowhill Cemetery.