THE 2019 John Thomson football tournament for primary school youngsters will take place on Sunday September 8 at Moorside Park, Dundonald.

This is a seven-a-side competition for children from Cardenden and surrounding area and will be kicked-off by Lochgelly man and Provost of Fife Jim Leishman at 12.15pm.

The tournament is called after Cardenden's own favourite son who died from injuries sustained in an accident while playing for Celtic against Rangers in an Old Firm game in 1931.

It will be a real family day and will see teas and coffees and plenty to eat available for the spectators at Moorside.

Said chair of the John Thomson committee, Alex Burns: "A parade, led by a piper, will leave from Moorside Park after the completion of the tournament for the presentation of trophies which will take place at Bowhill Centre at around 3pm.

"It is hoped that a number of sporting personalities, including a player from Celtic, plus a number of ex-players and other high profile guests will present the various trophies.

"There will also be a number of members of local supporters clubs who will act as judges during the day."

After the presentation of trophies wreaths will be laid at John Thomson's grave, at Bowhill Cemetery, with a piper playing a lone lament and wreaths will also be laid in memory of the miners who lost their lives in the Bowhill Colliery Disaster, which occurred only one month after John Thomson died.