John Thomson

Read all the news about Celtic hero John Thomson. John Thomson was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife on 28 January 1909. Died 5 September 1931, aged 22

Celtic manager Willie Maley sent his chief scout, Steve Callaghan, to watch the Denbeath Star goalkeeper but instead came back with a rave review about Thomson. After playing against Denbeath Star on 20 October 1926, Celtic signed, 17-year-old, Thomson for £10. On 5 February, Celtic beat Brechin City 6–3, Maley was concerned by the fact his first choice ‘keeper, Peter Shevlin, had conceded three soft goals. He then decided to give, 18-year-old, Thomson a chance in the next game, which was against Dundee. He kept his place in the team after this match, and helped Celtic to finish second in the Scottish First Division. He also played in Celtic’s 1927 Scottish Cup Final victory, as they beat East Fife 3–1. The following season, after an Old Firm match where Celtic played against their rivals Rangers at Ibrox Park. Thomson received widespread praise from the press following an “immense” performance. On 5 February 1930, Thomson was seriously injured in a game against Airdrieonians. He broke his jaw, fractured several ribs, damaged his collar bone, and lost two teeth when making a diving save. On 11 April 1931, Thomson won the second medal of his career as Celtic beat Motherwell 4–2 in the 1931 Scottish Cup Final. The first match had finished in a 2–2 draw and over 105,000 spectators watched the replay at Hampden Park.

On 5 September 1931, Celtic were playing their Old Firm rivals Rangers at Ibrox Park in Glasgow in front of 80,000. Early in the second half Thomson and a Rangers player, Sam English, went for the ball at the same time. Thomson’s head collided with English’s knee, fracturing his skull and rupturing an artery in his right temple. Thomson was taken off the field in a stretcher; most people assumed that he was just badly concussed, but a few people who had seen his injuries suspected worse. One source said, “There were gasps in the main stand, a single piercing scream being heard from a horrified young woman”; this was believed to be the scream of 19-year-old Margaret Finlay, who was watching with Jim Thomson (brother of John). One Rangers player, also a medical student, said later that as soon as he saw him he gave little chance for his survival.

After having treatment from the St Andrew’s Ambulance Association, he was taken to a stretcher. According to The Scotsman he was “seen to rise on the stretcher and look towards the goal and the spot where the accident happened”. The game ended 0–0. Thomson was taken to the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. He had a lacerated wound over the right parietal bones of the skull, which meant that there was a depression in his skull of 2 inches in diameter. At 5pm he suffered a major convulsion. Dr Norman Davidson carried out an emergency operation to try and lower the amount of pressure caused by the swelling brain, but the operation was unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead by 9.25pm.

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Celtic FC · Nov 20, 2017

New John Thomson Park is a lasting tribute to a Celtic legend

SCOTT Brown today helped to official open a new community football pitch at The Bowhill Centre, Cardenden, in memory of Celtic legend John Thomson...

Celtic FC · Nov 20, 2017
Celtic Quick News · Nov 20, 2017

Scott Brown Opens New Pitch In Cardenden, In Memory Celtic Legend John Thomson

CELTIC skipper Scott Brown Celtic Captain Scott Brown officially opened a new pitch this afternoon at the The Bowhill Centre, Cardenden in memory of Celtic legend John Thomson...

Celtic Quick News · Nov 20, 2017
The Celtic Star · Apr 23

Jim Craig’s 7am start: Alec Thomson, a Celtic legend

Alec Thomson was born in 1901. As a young man, he rose up the football ranks, eventually signing for Wellesley Juniors in Fife – the same club which produced John Thomson a few years later – where he appeared more often than not at outside-right...

The Celtic Star · Apr 23
Celtic Quick News · Sep 5, 2017

John Thomson, 1909-1931

IN the pantheon of Celtic legends, one name stands out taller than others, as the epitome of what our club is...

Celtic Quick News · Sep 5, 2017
The Celtic Star · Jul 11

A Tragic Derby at Ibrox – France Football pays tribute to The Prince of Goalkeepers

France Football magazine, now in its 73rd year, remains the journal of record as regards European and international football, and this week, as part of a series devoted to footballers unable for whatever reason to achieve their full potential, pays tribute to John Thomson...

The Celtic Star · Jul 11
The Celtic Star · Mar 20

Sickening vandalism at the John Thomson 3G pitch in Cardenden

THE JOHN THOMSON 3G pitch in Cardenden has been vandalised with blue and red paint poured on the sign and the pitches...

The Celtic Star · Mar 20
History Bhoys Abroad · Aug 11, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad – 22 – John Thomson

Episode #22 of the regular HBA is on John Thomson, The Prince of Goalkeepers...

History Bhoys Abroad · Aug 11, 2017
The League Magazine · Jul 10, 2017

The Prince of Goalkeepers

‘They never die who live in the hearts they leave behind’ The inscription on John Thomson’s gravestone...

The League Magazine · Jul 10, 2017
Indy Celts · Apr 16, 2017

Disgusting Rangers mock Sam English and John Thomson

The banner unfurled by the Real Rangers Men at Ibrox shows not just their complete lack of empathy for the human condition, it also shows their acceptance of all that’s wrong with it...

Indy Celts · Apr 16, 2017

5 September 1931 – The Death Of John Thomson

On 5 September 1931, Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson died after colliding with a player during an O** F*** match...

Hail Hail Media · Feb 19, 2017

History Bhoys Abroad #22 – John Thomson

Episode #22 of the regular HBA is on John Thomson, The Prince of Goalkeepers...

Hail Hail Media · Feb 19, 2017
Celtic FC · Nov 23, 2015

Historic recording that pays tribute to John Thomson

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Celtic FC · Nov 23, 2015
Celtic FC · Sep 14, 2015

Paradise to Cardenden cyclists mark John Thomson anniversary

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Celtic FC · Sep 14, 2015
ETims · Oct 6, 2014

Ode to Craig Gordon

Craig Gordon by The Holy Poet A young man called John Thomson, our prince was truly blessed And between the Celtic goalposts, he proved he...

ETims · Oct 6, 2014
Celtic FC · Sep 5, 2014

John Thomson – A Prince among men

IT was 83 years ago today, on Saturday, September 5, 1931, the Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson received a serious head injury while playing against Rangers at Ibrox...

Celtic FC · Sep 5, 2014
Celtic Underground · Aug 5, 2014

John Thomson Charity Cycle Ride

Below is a shameless plug for a Celtic FC Foundation event in relation to the annual pilgrimage to John Thomson’s grave...

Celtic Underground · Aug 5, 2014
The Shamrock · May 30, 2014

‘Tic Toons – ‘Handy’ John Thomson, 1929

Thanks to The Gorbals Lothario for this great cartoon highlighing the legendary Celtic keeper’s shot-stopping abilities...

The Shamrock · May 30, 2014
Celtic FC · Feb 12, 2014

Debut of the Prince of Goalkeepers

IT was on this day, 87 years ago on February 12, 1927 that a young goalkeeper named John Thomson made his debut for Celtic...

Celtic FC · Feb 12, 2014
The Shamrock · Jan 27, 2014

#CelticScarves – 1954 Scottish Cup Final

Four Leaf Clover on KDS posted pictures of this amazing home-made scarf made for the 1954 Scottish Cup Final v Aberdeen (Celtic won 2-1).

The Shamrock · Jan 27, 2014
Don't Let it Be Forgot · Jan 12, 2014

Remembering a fine Celt

Celtic football club has known its share of joys and anguish over the past 126 years.

Don't Let it Be Forgot · Jan 12, 2014
Daily Star · Nov 5, 2013

Experts: Football concussions need to be taken seriously

ON September 5, 1931, Celtic keeper John Thomson died in hospital just hours after he was hit in the head by a knee during an O** F*** clash at Ibrox...

Daily Star · Nov 5, 2013
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