Looking Back: Kirkcaldy paperboys’ trip to Wembley

Kirkcaldy paperboys football team in June 1988
Kirkcaldy paperboys football team in June 1988

In June 1988 a seven-strong squad of local paperboys, representing the Kirkcaldy branch of the Newsagents’ Federation, as well as Scotland, won a five-a-side tournament at Wembley Arena.

The line-up featured a couple of soon-to-be familiar faces as two of the teens, both aged 15 at the time, would go on and play professionally for Raith Rovers.

Standing at the front of the line is Steve Tosh who as well as gracing the turf at Stark’s Park would also play for St Johnstone and Aberdeen amongst others.

Pictured second from right, just above the trophy held by manager Martin Blankenstein which was presented to the team by Wimbledon star Vinnie Jones, is Colin Cameron who would go on to have the more illustrious career.

He would score for Hearts in the 1998 Scottish Cup Final, star for Wolves in the English premiership and pick up 28 caps for Scotland.

Amazingly, at the age of 43, “Mickey” is still playing, turning out for Junior side Lochore Welfare.

The full line up from left to right is: Steve Tosh, Steven Kirk, Ryan McQuade, Graham Brown, Simon McDonald, Colin Cameron and Gary Beveridge.