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John Thomson, Goalkeeper for Celtic and Scotland – Died on 5 September 1931

John Thomson, the Kirkcaldy-born goalkeeper for Celtic and the Scotland, died on 5 September 1931, after suffering a fractured skull in an accidental collision with Sam English of Rangers – Thomson was 22 years old.

Around 30,000 people attended Thomson’s funeral in Cardenden, Fife – many of whom had walked the 55 miles from Glasgow.

To mark one of the saddest days in the history of Scottish football, here are some photos of John Thomson.

Quem di diligunt, adulescens moritur.

historical newspaper report on John Thomson, Goalkeeper for Celtic - Died on 5 September 1931

Dundee Courier – Monday 07 September 1931

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000564/19310907/119/0008

historical newspaper report on John Thomson, Goalkeeper for Celtic - Died on 5 September 1931

Dundee Courier – Monday 07 September 1931

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000564/19310907/114/0007

historical newspaper report on John Thomson, Goalkeeper for Celtic - Died on 5 September 1931

Aberdeen Journal – Monday 07 September 1931

Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000577/19310907/099/0008

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