Coca Cola Cup night fizzes with laughter & a few tears of emotion

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Hall of Fame 2014 hailed a huge success ... now for the 2015 ticket rush

The Raith Rovers Hall of Fame 2014 has been hailed as a huge success and plans are already under way for next year’s event.

Jimmy Nicholl brings the Coca-Cola Cup on stage. Pic: FPA

Jimmy Nicholl brings the Coca-Cola Cup on stage. Pic: FPA

The four-hour show took place on Monday at a sold-out Adam Smith Theatre, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Kirkcaldy side’s famous Coca-Cola Cup win over Celtic, with nearly every member of the squad appearing onstage.

Joining them was the Ramsdens Cup winning side from last season, along with guest speakers Scotland legend Charlie Nicholas, Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling and a whole list of famous names from the world of football.

Alistair Cameron, a member of the organising committee alongside Allan Crow, Willie MacGregor and Ally Gourlay, said they had been inundated with messages since Monday night.

“The feedback has been phenomenal,” he said. “People who have been to all three shows have been saying this was the best one yet.”

Sponsor John Wilson attended the VIP lunch in the afternoon and said: “They really did a superb job.

“Dennis O’Connell did us proud at the lunch and looked after everyone brilliantly.”

The show, which will be broadcast on community radio station KY107FM this Saturday at 3.00 p.m., also included inductions for Ian Redford and Ronnie Coyle.

Alistair said: “To see the crowd give both families a standing ovation was amazing and both told me after how much it meant to them.”

Another ovation was given to committee member Ally Gourlay, who was a surprise inductee.

Alistair said: “We had said we would eventually want to induct non-players into the Hall of Fame and, considering his personal circumstances and just how much he has devoted to the club over the years, I don’t think anyone would complain that we picked Ally to get the ball rolling.

“He was completely taken aback and overwhelmed.”

The committee also paid tribute to host Bill Leckie, and to the theatre staff. “Everyone played their part and deserve a lot of praise,” said Alistair.

Despite having only just finished clearing the stage after this Monday’s show, tickets for the Hall of Fame 2015 will go on sale via Adam Smith Box Office or website from 10.00 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) and Alistair said he expects they will sell out fast.

“They will stay at the same price as the last two years; £25 for a standard ticket and £55 for a VIP.

“We haven’t really decided the format for next year’s show yet. The biggest problem we’re going to have is how we’re going to reach the heights of this year!”

Hall of fame was “magnificent”

John Wilson, one of the sponsors, said: “I thought it was incredible. Every year they put on a great show but this year, it was just magnificent.

“The two speakers were excellent and the choice of guests to make the inductions were spot on. The committee had obviously spent a lot of time and done a lot of research on who to pick.

“It must have been incredibly difficult to have two sets of teams on stage at the same time but I thought they got the balance just right and the tribute to Ally was incredibly touching.”