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Museum Accession Number KIRMG:1985.0301
Date 1930-31
Object Name jumper
Collection Artefact
Association Name

John Thomson

Celtic Football Club

Historical Background

John Thomson was born in Kirkcaldy in 1909 and grew up in Cardenden. He became one Celtic’s greatest goalkeepers. He wore this jumper when Scotland beat England 2-0 at Hampden in 1931. Later that year John Thomson was tragically killed by accident when trying to stop a goal in an Old Firm match. An estimated 30,000 people attended his funeral at Bowhill Cemetery and his grave remains a place of pilgrimage for Celtic fans. You can see his jumper and some of John Thomson’s medals in Kirkcaldy Galleries.