Book recalls Raith Rovers finest moment

Steven Lawther (back) with Raith legends David Sinclair, Colin Cameron and Jock McStay
Steven Lawther (back) with Raith legends David Sinclair, Colin Cameron and Jock McStay

A new book on Raith Rovers was launched last weekend and is already proving a bestseller amongst fans.

‘Unthinkable’ tells the story of the club’s remarkable transformation from playing in front of a few hundred fans in the old Second Division, to taking their place in the top division in Scotland and winning their first national trophy by famously beating Glasgow Celtic in the Coca Cola Cup final in 1994.

The book, which is published by Pitch Publishing, has been a labour of love for author Steven Lawther, a season ticket holder at Stark’s Park.

Steven has spent the last six months researching that period in the club’s history and interviewing the players and managers who helped take the club to their greatest ever victory.

“It has been a really enjoyable experience and as a Rovers fan myself it was an honour to speak to the guys who helped turn the club around during that late 80s and early 90s period,” he said.

“I remember watching that team and even at the time we knew that they had something special. They played with a style and a confidence that was amazing. It was a magnificent achievement and it is an honour to be able to tell their story.”

The official launch was held at Stark’s Park where club historian Ally Gourlay interviewed Rovers legends Jock McStay, Colin Cameron and David Sinclair about their time in Kirkcaldy playing for the club.

The former players delighted the audience with tales of life under Frank Connor and Jimmy Nicholl and of the many memorable moments they experienced as they rose through the divisions.

McStay said: “I wasn’t born a Raith Rovers fan but I am definitely a Raith Rovers fan now. It was very special.

“The launch was a great night with wonderful company. I’ve nearly finished the book already!”

Supporters not at the launch were given the first opportunity to buy the book at the game on Saturday against Dumbarton where Lawther and famous crime writer Val McDermid, who provided the foreword to the book, signed copies.

The book is priced £14.99 and will be available at all home games in addition to being available online.

Waterstones in Kirkcaldy is holding a special ‘Unthinkable’ event on August 28 with former Rovers’ captain and all time leading league goal scorer, Gordon Dalziel.

There will be free pies and beer and a chance to meet the author and the former Rovers legend, and to have copies of the book signed.

The event is free but fans must order tickets in advance direct from Waterstones, which has the book in stock.

Win a copy of ‘Unthinkable’ signed by the author and famous crime writer Val McDermid in this week’s Fife Free Press.