Poetic Writing of ROBBIE KENNEDY BENNETT © www.rkbpoetry.co.uk Born in Wolverhampton of English and Scottish parentage. He grew up on the Rough Hills Estate area of the town and his Scottish ancestral roots are in the Kingdom of Fife and Dundee. The author is now residing in Codsall, Staffordshire. Drawings, pictures and writing are copyright of the author Robbie Kennedy Bennett. THEY WALKED ALL THE WAY FROM GLASGOW. On September 5th 1931 the 22 year old Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper John Thomson tragically died from his injuries after diving at the feet of Rangers forward Sam English. It is said that whenever Celtic are playing in Fife, a wreath is placed at his final place of rest in Bowhill Cemetery. The epitaph on John Thomsons gravestone, They never die who live in the hearts they leave behind. On November 6th 2006 I sent a copy of the poem to Tom Greig, the author of, My Search for Celtics John, and within no time he had replied with thanks and complimented my work. You have composed a moving tribute, long may you continue to write, were amongst his words. His reply was inspirational having came from a man who is an expert on the life of John Thomson, the Laddie frae Cardenden.

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They Walked All The Way From Glasgow ©
Scotland and Celtic’s Prince of Goalkeepers
John Thomson

They knew they had to be there,
They had little time to prepare.
Some walked all the way from Glasgow,
With bonnets, scarves and flowers.
They walked all the way from Glasgow,
They carried their gifts for hours.
They slept all night on the Crags,
A wee bit of grub in their bags.
They had little time to prepare,
All they knew was they had to be there...

Celtic v Rangers
Ibrox Park
5 September 1931

At Christmas 2006 a friend from Glasgow gave to me a book he had bought from a charity shop. The book is about Jimmy McGrory a Celtic legend. He mentions that on February 12th 1927 Celtic were playing away to Dundee and in goal for the 'Celts' was a new keeper, 18 year old John Thomson from Fife. McGrory described him as a born athlete and as good as all the stories about him. He was a very confident lad and Cook had scored a goal for Dundee against him. Afterwards in the dressing room a Celtic director mentions it to him. 'That's a' right, sir,' he said in his Fife twang. 'It'll no' happen next week.' And he was right, it didn't.

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The final resting place of John Thomson, amongst other local 'Fifers' in Bowhill Cemetery.

They Walked All The Way From Glasgow © Robbie Kennedy Bennett


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