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With the Glasgow Celtic, he made his fame
Leaving the miners pits for the football game,
between the goal post’ he became a legend & hero,
When playing for the Celtic, he gave his soul.
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The Celtic crossed the River Clyde to play the Rangers at Ibrox
were a crowd of 80,000 supporters would witness
the greatest ever tragedy in Celtic’s history,
When John Thomson’s young life was taken away.
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The Old Firm clash on the 5th of September,
The historians of football will always remember,
When God himself must have shed a tear
as he watched Thomson’s dive end his career.
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Down the right wing, the Glasgow Rangers went forward
encouraged by the vocal Rangers supporters,
a crossed ball went to the feet of Sam English
and as John dived headlong, it was then that they clashed.
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On the ground, young John lay unconscious
as the crowd within Ibrox stood in silence,
He was taken by stretcher from the blood, stained football pitch
and he never wore again a Celtic strip.
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Twenty Thousand stood at Glasgow’s Queen Street station
as his body was taken home to Fife by train;
The road to Cardenden was lined by players and mourners,
Who said farewell to a young, brave Celtic keeper.