The Bowhill Bhoy

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Hi, I came across this poem called the Bowhill Bhoy, so I am not claiming any credit for it.

I’m from Fife and have attended the ceremony at the graveside every year since 1997 as a representative of the Arthur McKenna Lochgelly CSC.

“The Bowhill Bhoy” My old dad avowed, so, it must be true that a Bowhill bhoy, hale at twenty-two …

who laid down his life in a daring save that propelled the lad
to an early grave…

was the best he ever saw. In the pomp of youth, strapping – in his prime, he had talent raw, in a gift sublime…

a courageous heart with a reckless edge – focus, power and grace to the jersey pledged…

ne’er before or since surpassed. Meteoric rise, cruelly brief career – tragic his demise, swathed in grief sincere …

lasting legacy to both kith and kin, as a treasured son and a Hoops’ linchpin…now, forever, Celtic’s John.

On the fateful day, in a sick’ning crunch, consummation sore of a mother’s hunch…

terrors harboured deep in a mammy’s heart, lockfast tight in dread of his headstrong art all unleashed that awful night.

Derby debut cursed for a young, blond ‘bear’ – Sam’s marauding power, Johnny’s peerless flair …

thitherto unmatched, thenceforth intertwined in a dance of death – to their fates consigned …

one to lore; one, living hell. As the action froze in a young mind’s eye, one sharp, piercing scream rent the Govan sky …

in a grisly trice two young worlds caved in – Celtic’s prince of gloves and his ‘Micky Finn’…

nascent destiny undone.

If you value life, as you’ll surely do, then, lament the loss of a genius true…

humble son of Fife noble, proud athlete Johnny Thomson, dear – Scotland’s gem forfeit …

Celtic’s ‘Bowhill Bhoy’ supreme.

Submitted by Derek Hamilton

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  1. thanks for posting that …………….. i never knew this poem existed never mind heard it read or even read it myself …….. our family still hold dear a johhny thompson memorial card, cared for by my older sister,given to our family by one of my elder cousins in 1966…..Hail Hail

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