Two Rovers legends confirmed for Jim Baxter tribute night

Former Rovers player Jim Kerray

Former Rovers player Jim Kerray

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LONG after he retired from the game, whenever asked what his favourite match at Ibrox was, football legend Jim Baxter, who played 150 times for Rangers, would always say it was the occasion when Raith beat Rangers 3-2 in 1959.

Baxter, set to become the first inductee into the Raith Rovers Hall of Fame at a gala evening in May, scored Rovers’ second goal that November afternoon - the other two came from striker Jim Kerray who will attend Baxter’s tribute evening along with another Rovers star of the past, Jim Thorburn.

Highlight

Jim Kerray says that during his four years at Rovers, when he scored 37 goals in 111 appearances, the Ibrox victory was the highlight.

The Kirkcaldy side had found themselves two goals down after only 13 minutes, before a goal from Jim then a 20-yard strike from Baxter pulled Rovers level.

Nine minutes into the second half Jim Kerray scored what proved to be the winning goal.

“I remember it vaguely,” he said. “Raith had a very good team at that time but to win at Ibrox was a fantastic experience. Even today not many teams manage to win through there.

Surreal

“I remember when I scored the third goal. It was quite surreal. All sorts of things go through your head and you wonder if you’ve imagined it!”

Jim says Baxter was probably the best he ever played alongside: “He had exceptional skill and ability. At times he was untouchable.

“He definitely stood out. His humour helped him too. He was always willing to take chances and somehow he would always get away with it! He would do things that I would have got a rollicking for from Bert Herdman!”

Jim is looking forward to the Baxter evening and says his former team mate deserves it.

“He was a very nice lad and this is a fitting tribute,” he said.