THE success of the John Thomson children's football tournament, held earlier this month, came to the floor of the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, Alex Rowley, tabled a motion to the Parliament outlining the success of the Moorside Park event and the work of founder of the tournament, Alex Burns, over more than 35 years in remembering the former Scotland and Celtic goalkeeper from Cardenden who died from injuries sustained in an accidental tackle in an Old Firm game at Ibrox in 1931.

The motion said: "That the Parliament recognises the contribution of the John Thomson Memorial Committee, which was founded in 1983, to promote the memory of John Thomson in his home village of Cardenden and the surrounding area, and in particular its impact on the quality of life for people, especially youngsters, in the community through the annual primary school football tournament, which is open to all boys and girls, irrespective of background or ability in the area; further recognises the service to the community of a founding member of the Committee, Alex Burns, whose service to his community through his work as chairperson of the Community Council and involvement in many other local groups, was recognised in 2004 when he was appointed an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen; congratulates Alex on his 36th year of organising the John Thomson Tournament in 2019, and also congratulates every child who took part".

The event at Moorside on September 8, saw a crowd of 500 people watching the teams battle it out with JT All Stars eventually winning the 2019 tournament.

Mr Rowley, who was one of the big crowd of spectators on the day and is pictured with Alex, commented: "Alex Burns has worked tirelessly for over half a century supporting his local community and local people and is a true community champion in every sense of the word.

"The tournament this year was brilliant and I want to thank Alex for his commitment over 36 year that has seen thousands of young people benefit."