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Glasgow Celtic goalkeeper John Thomson’s grave

HE is a football legend known among fans as the keeper who gave his life rather than concede a goal.

Now, 80 years after his tragic death on the pitch during an Old Firm game, a play commemorating the short life of John Thomson is hitting the stage.

The Celtic goalkeeper’s fearlessness cost him his life when he hit his head off the knee of Rangers’ centre-forward Sam English.

The incident, in 1931, shook the football world to its core and is still remembered at Parkhead today.

Celtic Football Club, in conjunction with Ambassador Theatre Group, has announced that “The Prince – The Johnny Thomson Story” will open on September 5 – the extact date of his death.

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