John Thomson remembered at annual primary school football tournament

The winning JT All Stars team with Celtic captain Scott Brown
The winning JT All Stars team with Celtic captain Scott Brown

Moorside Park in Cardenden was once again the venue for the annual John Thomson Primary School Football Tournament.

Children from across the village took part in the 31st running of the event, founded in 1983 by the John Thomsom Memorial Committee, in remembrance of the former Celtic goalkeeper who died aged 22 following an accidental collision during an Old Firm match at Ibrox in 1931.

Hundreds of spectators turned out to cheer on the kids, who were led onto the park by pipers from the Cardenden Communities Pipe Band before being introduced to special guests, Fife Provost Jim Leishman and local MP Lindsay Roy.

The eventual winners were JT All Stars who lifted this year’s trophy after an exciting final against Bowhill Rovers.

Afterwards, a presentation took place in the Bowhill Centre where various guests included John Thomson patron, MP Gordon Brown, and current Celtic captain, Scott Brown, who hails from Hill of Beath.

Also attending the event was Sybolla Franje, who travelled the long distance from British Colombia to Cardenden. Sybolla is the daughter of Margaret Finlay, who was the fiancee of John Thomson at the time of his tragic death.

Every child who participated in the tournament was presented with a momento of the occasion while wreaths were also laid at the grave of John Thomson by Scott Brown and John Thomson Committee president Alex Burns.

John Thomson Primary School Tournament 2014 award winners:

Tournament winners - JT All Stars; Runners-up - Bowhill Rovers; Consolation winners - Dundonald Bears; Consolation runners-up - Kinglassie; Most Sporting Team - Rovers Rebels; Top Scoring Team - JT All Stars; Most Promising Young Team - Dundonald Bears.

Best Player - Evan Cairns (Bowhill Rovers); Best Keeper - Owen Fernie (Real Cardenden); Most Promising Player - Alex Davie (Dundonald Bears); Top Scorer - Cameron Davidson (Bowhill Rovers); Best Defender - Conor Brown (Dundonald Bears); Most Sporting Player - Christene Shand (Real Cardenden); Best Losing Keeper - Ellie Davie (Dundonald Bears); Best Goal - Danny Fernie (Cardenden); Under 10 Endeavor - Matthew Pratt (Dundonald Cubs); Best Senior Player - Morgan Ridley (Kinglassie PS); Best Female Player - Chloe Cleminson (JT All Stars); Best Midfield Player - Morgan Ridley (Kinglassie PS); Best Save - Owen Fernie (Real Cardenden).