The Death of John Thomson

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 A young man came from the Kingdom of Fife,
for only 22 years, he lived his life,
From Cardenden; he came to Glasgow,
A keeper so brave, a young man so bold.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 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.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 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.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 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.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 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.

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 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.

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 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.



‘They never die who live in the
hearts they leave behind’

SEVENTY-FIVE years ago today, at the age of just 22, John Thomson died following a tragic accident during a game against Rangers at Ibrox.

Feb’7th 2005
(Revised 2006)

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/the-death-of-john-thomson/