Lisbon Lion attends annual John Thomson football tournament

John Thomson football tournament winners Bowhill Rovers with Lisbon Lion John Clark
John Thomson football tournament winners Bowhill Rovers with Lisbon Lion John Clark

Moorside Park in Cardenden was the venue for the 32nd running of the annual John Thomson Primary School Football Tournament.

The event, founded in 1983 by Alex Burns, president of the John Thomson Memorial Committee, and supported by Fife Council, once again attracted hundreds of spectators to support the children.

The teams were led onto the park by the Cardenden Communitities Pipe Band before a minute’s silence in memory of John Thomson, the young goalkeeper from Cardenden who died following a tragic accident while playing for Celtic against Rangers in 1931.

A full day of excellent football was then enjoyed by the large crowd with the eventual winners, Bowhill Rovers, lifting this year’s trophy after an exciting final against Dundonald Bears.

Individual awards included: Best Senior Player - George Pratt (Dundonald Cubs); Best Player - Kian Bruce (Bowhill Rovers); Best Female Player - Tyler Thomson (Dundonald Bears); Best Keeper - Kai Foley (JT All Stars); Most Sporting Player - James Shane (JT All Stars); Best Defender - Farhan Akthar (Kinglassie Primary); Top Scorer - Kian Bruce (Bowhill Rovers); Best Losing Keeper - Hayley Fortenham (Girls United); Best Goal - Andrew Fraser (Kinglassie Primary); Under 10 Endeavour - Kane Wilson (Dundonald Bears); Best Midfielder - Reece Riley (Rovers Rebels); Players Player of the Tournament - Tyler Thomson (Dundonald Bears).

Following the tournament, the presentations took place in the Bowhill Centre, where invited guests included Celtic legend, John Clark, a member of the famous Lisbon Lions who won the European Cup in 1967, and local MSP Alex Rowley.

Wreaths were later laid at John Thomson’s grave in Bowhill Cemetery.