Legendary Arsenal and Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Brady is the second big name speaker for our Raith Rovers’ Hall of Fame show.
He will join Graeme Souness and a host of big names from the world of football on stage at Adam Smith Theatre on November 11 as nine names from Rovers’ past are inducted.
Alistair Cameron of the organising committee said he was thrilled to have Brady on board and thanked Arsenal FC, where the Irishman is currently head of youth development, for their help.
He said: “Arsenal were unbelievably helpful,” he said.
“I was dealing with Karen Brown, who is the PA for chief executive Ivan Gazidis. It turned out her family were from Dunfermline!
“Nothing was too much trouble for them but I must admit when they gave us a list of people that we could have I never thought we’d get Liam.”
Following a glittering career at Arsenal, Juventus, Sampdoria and West Ham, as well as 72 caps for the Republic of Ireland, Brady had spells as a manager at Celtic and Brighton before re-joining Arsenal as a coach.
Alistair said: “To get Liam it gives you some idea of how important this was to Arsenal. With Alex James as the main inductee on the evening they were very keen to get involved. He is still revered as a legend there.”
However trying to trace the family of the Wembley Wizard proved difficult until an inspired piece of detective work by Ally Gourlay, chairman of the Former Players Association paid off.
Ally said: “I knew his son Andy lived in Australia and had an address but couldn’t find a phone number. I put the address into an estate agent’s website and found out it had been sold so I thought we’d missed the boat.
“But I noticed the selling agent’s name, called and left a garbled message. A few hours later Andy James called me back!”
Andy is unable to attend but it is hoped his nephews, the sons of Alex James Jr, will attend the show which is heading for a sell out with almost 200 tickets sold in the last two weeks.
Alistair said: “Souness and Brady will have great stories to tell, but the bulk of the evening will be given to Rovers’ legends. ‘‘