Ian Rankin and Nick Hornby back Jim Baxter gala night

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TOP authors Ian Rankin and Nick Hornby are backing Scottish football legend Jim Baxter’s induction into a new Hall of Fame.

Ian Rankin and Nick Hornby are both donating signed copies of their classic novels to sell on the night the footballing legend is inducted into a brand new Raith Rovers’ Hall of Fame on Monday, May 21.

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The writers were both involved in the 2005 Reclaim The Rovers campaign - and have given their support to the fundraising night at the Adam Smith Theatre whichn is being organsied b aspart of the on-going Rally Round Rovers initiative.

Their support was secured by Gordon Brown MP in his role as the Jim Baxter ambassador - and he is also speeaking direct to a number of big names in football with a view to adding them to the bill.

The books signed by Rankin and Hornby will be sold on the night to help raise even more money.

Rankin is a long-standing Rovers’ supporter and a regular at Stark’s Park.

Author Ian Rankin unveiled his new Rebus novel Exit Music at the Edinburgh Book Festival.'Picture by Jane Barlow'16/08/07

Author Ian Rankin unveiled his new Rebus novel Exit Music at the Edinburgh Book Festival.'Picture by Jane Barlow'16/08/07

A looming deadline for his next novel means he won’;t be able to attend the gala night, but he was happy to offer his support.

Arsenla fan Hornby’s debut book ‘Fever Pitch’ is considered by many to be the definitive novel about the beautiful game - it was made into a film starring Coplin Firth.

Mr Brown said: ‘’Nick was delighted to help out when I approached him.

‘‘He has signed 20 copies of his books and they will be shipped up for us to sell at the event - and I hope they help to raise even more funds for the club.’’

Baxter’s induction will mark the launch of a new Hall of Fame for the Kirkcaldy club.

The live show will be hosted by Bill Leckie of The Sun, and Craig Stephen - the voice of ice hockey on match nights at Fife Ice Arena -0 is the MC.

Willie Henderson, former Rangers and Scotland star, will appear, and the organisers are speaking directly tyo a number of legends with a view to adding them to the bill.

Tickets for the show are priced at £20 each - there are limited VIP seats at £50 which include a pre-show buffet and a meet amnd greet with the stars afterwards - and are available direct from the Adam Smith Theatre biox office or online at www.onfife.com