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John Thomson, the Prince of Goalkeepers

Dylan McGeouch & Tom Boyd attend events



Dylan McGeouch to represent Celtic F.C.

Dylan McGeouch, one of the hottest proporties in Scottish football will represent Celtic at Sunday's annual John Thomson tournament.

Dylan made his breakthrough into the Celtic team last year making several first team appearances.

It was during one of those appearances that Dylan scored the goal of the season, against St Mirren he ran for 70 yards with the ball at his feet before smashing the ball into the net for a truely memorable goal.

At the start of the current season Dylan was outstanding in the Celtic v Real Madrid friendly match in Philadelphia before he suffered a fractured jaw. He will be out of action for a further four weeks.

Dylan will attend the John Thomson prize giving ceremony in Bowhill War Memorial club this Sunday before laying a wreath at John's resting place.




 Tom Boyd joins JT81 Cycle

Tom Boyd, former Celtic and Scotland player has agreed to take part in this years John Thomson Charity event (JT81) - this year it's a cycle from Glasgow to Cardenden. Tom has been a keen supporter of the Memorial Committee and last year was honoured to accept the position of Patron after JTMC received charitable status.

Commenting on this years event Tom said "It's great to get involved with initiatives like the JT81 Glasgow to Cardenden cycle, especially for such a worthy cause. The memorial committee have been working hard throughout the last year to bring this years events together and I am delighted to be playing my part. I am sure it will be a great success, one which the whole community can get involved in."

Mark Cameron from JTMC commented "We are delighted that Tom volunteered to participate in this years cycle. Tom has been a keen supporter of our organisation and this is further demonstrated by his commitment to take part again this year. Those participating in the cycle have the option of which charity or worthy cause they want to raise funds for so quite a few charities are going to benefit this year. On Sunday the children from Cardenden and the surrounding villages will have the opportunity to participate in the football tournament, which is always a great day for them. We are keen to the build on the success of last years 80th anniversary events and I am sure that it will be an enjoyable weekend for all those who involved."

The JT81 cycle takes place on Saturday 8th September from Celtic Park to Cardenden. On the following day the children of Cardenden will lead a public procession at 9.30 am from Lochgelly Centre to Cardenden where they will meet up at Moorside Park with those taking part in the John Thomson primary school football tournament which kicks off at 11.00am. The prize giving ceremony will take place in Bowhill War Memorial Club at 3.00pm before the wreath laying ceremony at Bowhill Cemetery at 4.00pm.





"1254125" Celtic Charity Fund campaign
JTMC are encouraging fans to help promote Celtic FC's "1254125" campaign to promote their fund raising iniative to mark the clubs 125th anniversary.
Celtic are asking fans to raise £125 in the clubs 125th anniversary year with all proceeds going to charities and other worthy causes across the globe.
JTMC are offering fans the opportunity to cycle from Glasgow to Cardenden on Saturday 8th September 2012 with the 1254125 campaign as the beneficiary.
The cycle will coincide with a weekend of events to mark the anniversary of John Thomson's untimely death. (See further details below).
There are also currently a couple of spare cycles available for anyone who wishes to take part but doesn't have their own.
For further details of Celtic's 1254125 visit celticfc.net
For further details on the cycle event or to register your interest email johnthomson31@live.co.uk
Fund raising night
Lochgelly Town Hall
Friday 7th September
7.00 pm - Midnight
A fund raising social night in aid of JTMC featuring live music from Celtic favourite Liam McGrandles and Starman’s Disco will be held in Lochgelly Town Hall. Tickets are £6 which includes buffet are now on sale. Email johnthomson31@live.co.uk for details of where to purchase tickets.
Charity Bike Cycle
Celtic Park – Cardenden
Saturday 8th September
From 9.00 am
JTMC are arranging a bike cycle from Celtic Park to John’s home town of Cardenden, Fife. Setting off from the entrance to Celtic Park the cyclists will take the near 60 mile journey, aiming to arrive in Cardenden on the late afternoon.
Cyclists are welcome to nominate ANY charity / worthy cause that they wish to raise funds for.
A social night is being arranged for those cyclists who will be staying overnight.
Accommodation is available in a selection of local hotels at competitive rates.
Email johnthomson31@live.co.uk for more details on how to register for the cycle.
Public procession
Lochgelly – Dundonald
Sunday 9th September
9.30 am – 10.50 am
Starting in the car park at Lochgelly Town Hall the children of Cardenden and surrounding villages will be led by Jim Leishman, Provost of Fife Council in a procession along the four mile route to Moorside Park, Dundonald where they will be welcomed by Gordon Brown MP, Patron of JTMC.
Annual football tournament
Moorside Park, Dundonald
Sunday 9th September
11.00 am – 2.30 pm
The 29th annual John Thomson Primary School football tournament will kick off with children from Kinglassie, Bowhill, Dundonald and Cardenden competing for the John Thomson Trophy.
Following the tournament the children will be led by a piper to the prize giving ceremony.
Prize giving ceremony
Bowhill War Memorial Club
Sunday 9th September
3.00 – 3.45 pm
Prize giving ceremony for all those who participated in the football tournament with John Thomson trophy being presented by a representative of Celtic FC to the winning team.
Wreath laying ceremony
Bowhill Cemetery
Sunday 9th September
4.00 pm
Wreath laying ceremony at John’s graveside lead by JTMC, Celtic FC and supporters groups.
Social afternoon
Bowhill War Memorial Club
Sunday 9th September
5.00 pm
To conclude the weekend a social afternoon will be held in Bowhill War Memorial Club for those who participated in the events.
For more details on any of the events or to find out more about the work of JTMC email johnthomson31@live.co.uk



2012 Cycle

The John Thomson Memorial Committee (JTMC) are delighted to announce their plans to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the death of former Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper John Thomson, who was often referred to as “The Prince of Goalkeepers”.

This year a group of cyclists will take part in the John Thomson 81st anniversary Memorial cycle from Celtic Park, Glasgow to Cardenden. Including members of JTMC and Celtic Graves Society they will re-create the steps that many Thomson admirers took to attend John’s funeral in September 1931.

The cycle will commence at Celtic Park in Glasgow on Saturday 8th September and aim to arrive in Cardenden later on the same afternoon. The cycle will be part of JTMC's plans to commemmorate the 81st anniversary of the passing of the former Celtic and Scotland international goalkeeper. JTMC’s annual football held in John’s memory will take place on the following day, Sunday 9th September. Further details of this years tournament will be confirmed on this site in the next few days. /p>

Schools Football Tournament 2012

The annual primary schools football tournament will provide the cornerstone of a weekend of celebrations of John’s life. The tournament will take place on Sunday 9th September from 11.00 am at Moorside Park, Dundonald where primary school children from Cardenden, Bowhill, Dundonald and Kinglassie will compete for the coveted John Thomson Memorial Trophy. Now in its 29th year and with over 3000 school boys and girls having taken part, the tournament is a major event in the Central Fife area.

The tournament is followed by a prize giving ceremony in Bowhill War Memorial Club at 3.00 pm. A wreath laying ceremony will take place at John’s graveside in Bowhill Cemetery at 4.15 pm.

Donate to JTMC

JTMC welcome donations in the following formats: Online – www.justgiving.com/johnthomsonmemorialcommittee

Text donations: Text a donation by texting ‘JOHN31 £amount’ to 70070 (example: JOHN31 £10)

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