Get set for Hall of Fame ticket scramble - the hottest show in Kirkcaldy

Paul Merson on stage in Kirkcaldy interviewed by Bill Leckie (All pics by Fife Photo Agency)
Paul Merson on stage in Kirkcaldy interviewed by Bill Leckie (All pics by Fife Photo Agency)

Tickets for next year’s Raith Rovers Hall of Fame go on sale on Saturday.

And they are expected to be a snapped up within minutes!

Former Liverpool and England captain Phil Thompson

Former Liverpool and England captain Phil Thompson

Monday night’s successful show sold out in a record 90 minutes last year –and the committee is hopeful of a repeat for 2017.

For the first time ever, the tickets will ONLY be on sale in person at the box office at the Adam Smith Theatre.

They won’t be available anywhere else – or online.

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Saturday at the theatre box office.

Raith Rover legend Marvin Andrews after his induction

Raith Rover legend Marvin Andrews after his induction

They are also limited to four per person only.

Alistair Cameron, a member of the organising committee, said: “We want to have as many new people coming to the show as possible and this is maybe the best way to do it.

“We specifically picked a Saturday as this will be easier for people to get along.

“The theatre will bring in extra staff to deal with demand.”

Raith Rovers Hall of Fame 2016

Raith Rovers Hall of Fame 2016

“We’re not being pompous about the fact that it has sold out every year and we think this is the best arrangement for everyone.”

Prices are £25 or £55 for a VIP ticket, plus a booking fee of £1 per ticket.

Sponsor’s packages are also available at a cost of £1000. For details call Alistair Cameron on 07969251765 or email alistair@acasports.co.uk.

This year’s show was hailed as a huge success by those who watched - and those who took part.

It was a night to remember - one filled with fun, laughter and genuine emotion.

Previous inductees include Jim Baxter, Frank Connor and Andy Harrow and this year’s group were well worthy of joining them.

Jimmy Todd and Jimmy Scott, who died in WWI after signing up to join McCrae’s Battalion had their awards accepted by a niece and grandson respectively.

Jimmy Todd died of his wounds on March 12, 1916 shortly after being hit in the chest by a large fragment of shell.

Jimmy Scott was killed on July 1, 1916 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Former manager Antonio Calderon received a warm welcome when he took to the stage on a rare return to the Kingdom.

The popular Spaniard is fondly remembered for taking the club out of the old Division Two.

He travelled from Spain with his friend and former Rovers player Paquito to be at the event.

Arguably the evening’s most emotional moment came with the induction of Marvin Andrews.

The former defender, who played for the club on three different occasions, was barely able to compose himself as others paid tribute to him.

His former manager John McGlynn said the club’s second division title win in 2009 would probably never have happened had Marvin not returned for the last 10 games of the season.

Donald Urquhart, who played an astonishing 498 games for the club from midfield, said he had loved every moment of his time at the club.

Peter Hetherston traded jokes and friendly insults with his old team-mate Gordon Dalziel – but he also remembered his late team-mates, name-checking both Ronnie Coyle and Ian McLeod.

Former team-mates were on stage to pay tribute to the late Murray McDermott, widely regarded as one of the greatest goalies in Rovers’ history.

The final award of the evening was a new one – the Gourlay Inductee.

It was revealed on the night that each headline inductee will now be named in honour of the late Ally Gourlay.

Stevie Crawford was Ally’s own choice as the first recipient, and the international striker received his award from Ally’s sons, Matthew and Jonny, and brother Ian.

Crawford, who won 25 caps for Scotland and is currently assistant head coach at Hearts, highlighted the importance of having a good youth development policy at the club, a view expressed earlier in the evening by the manager Gary Locke.

It was being well coached as a youngster at Stark’s Park, Crawford said, that enabled him to break into the side and eventually go on to score the opening goal in the 1994 Coca Cola Cup final.

The two star speakers, Phil Thompson and Paul Merson, shared some side-splitting anecdotes from their careers.

And they were knocked out by the whole evening.

Thompson paid an off-the-cuff tribute before leaving the stage.

Speaking to the Fife Free Press after, he said he had never experienced an evening like it.

“You have something very special here.

“Paul and I go to a lot of charity dinners and they’re always great, but this is something completely unique.

“What really took me surprise was the emotion. I knew there would be a lot of laughs and good craic between the lads, but I didn’t expect for it to be so moving as well.”

Phil added: “I’ve honestly never been at anything like this.”